The hospitalisation clinic of Integrated Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine treats children with acute and/or chronic general pathologies. Integrated Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine includes three clinics: the two hospitalisation clinics, one at the Children's Hospital and the other at the Erasmus Hospital, as well as an outpatients clinic covering the two sites. The hospitalisation clinics care for infants, older children and adolescents who are hospitalised for acute or chronic diseases. These clinics are a part of the Paediatrics Department that is structured into 10 services covering all sub-specialities. The Integrated Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine Clinic at the site of the Children's Hospital has 3 wards each with between 20 and 22 beds and a team of 2 to 3 paediatricians per ward.
The Paediatrics Department has the following missions:
- To treat and support children, adolescents and their loved ones through a global, multidisciplinary and humanist care of excellence;
- To provide high level teaching and research as part of a continuous drive for innovation and knowledge development;
- To contribute actively to health education.
The Integrated Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine service is a tertiary centre for the specific treatment of complex diseases that is recognised as a reference both nationally and internationally. More specifically, it treats children with chronic gastro-intestinal or respiratory diseases such as cystic fibrosis, metabolic diseases or diabetes and multi-systemic syndrome diseases that require integrated and multidisciplinary care.The clinic is staffed by doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, educators, dietitians and social workers with specific experience in working with patients. The service operates in a spirit of cooperation and multidisciplinarity, the culture of cooperation present not only within the service but also within the Paediatrics Department and the hospital as a whole. The ambition of Integrated Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine is to offer paediatric patients clinical care at the forefront of progress as well as high level teaching and research in which the patient is always central. Patients are an inherent part of the team set up around each sick child. The service is provided both during hospitalisation and consultations. The emphasis is on a personal and multidisciplinary organisation with the active involvement of patients and their families.
Integrated Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine includes a fourth hospitalisation unit at the Erasmus Hospital. Also a part of the H.U.B., this unit cares more specifically for patients requiring neurosurgery for a brain tumour or interventional neuroradiology for the treatment of a vascular malformation in the brain. Close cooperation between the two sites also of course implies care for all general pathologies of the child and adolescent.
Particular attention is also paid to chronically ill adolescents requiring a transition to adult specialised medicine, such as in the case of cystic fibrosis, diabetes and inflammatory diseases of the digestive tube.