Barnaclínic - Grupo Hospital Clínic
Barnaclínic+ is a global medical centre dedicated to treating all kinds of health problems, particularly those known as high-complexity diseases. It is part of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona Group, a teaching hospital which has been practising for over
a century and has one of the highest impact factors (measure of importance of scientific publications) in Europe. This institution is recognised as the leading Spanish hospital and European centre of excellence for its years of biomedical work based
on quality of care, healthcare-professional training and international scientific output, translational research (from basic research to clinical practice) and technological innovation.
This explains its reputation as the best hospital medical institution in the country and one of the leading hospitals in Europe. barnaclínic+ can boast all the prestige of being associated with the renowned excellence of the managers and healthcare professionals of the Hospital Clínic Group, as well as with the potential of a city such as Barcelona in the health sector.
All the medical and surgical specialities and the most advanced minimally invasive techniques in one single centre, all coordinated by a multidisciplinary team of highly distinguished specialists, mean that comprehensive and effective solutions can be provided in the most complex cases.
- 850 Beds
- 161.824 Emergency cases
- 421.849 Outpatient consultations
- 18.785 Surgeries
- 4.500 Personnel
- 46.328 Admissions
- Anatomía Patológica
- Anestesiología y Reanimación
- Bioquímica Clínica
- Cirugía Cardiovascular
- Cirugía General y del Aparato Digestivo
- Cirugía Oral y Maxilofacial
- Cirugía Ortopédica y Traumatología
- Cirugía Pediátrica
- Cirugía Torácica
- Dermatología Médico-Quirúrgica y Venereología
- Endocrinología y Nutricion
- Farmacología Clínica
- Ginecología y Obstetricia
- Hematología y Hemoterapia
- Medicina Interna
- Medicina Nuclear
- Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública
- Oncología Radioterápica
- Radiodiagnóstico o Radiología
- Medicina Maternofetal
Among the most outstanding of the Hospital Clínic Group achievements, special mention has to be made of the results in the field of transplants. The Transplant Services Foundation, which has been successfully operating for over twenty years, was created by the centre to assist in the development of the transplant system, with its main criteria being excellence in quality and legality. One of the foremost of the group's transplant programmes is the liver transplant programme. It is run by President of the International Liver Transplantation Society and Chief of the barnaclínic+ General, Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliopancreatic Surgery and Transplantation Department, Dr Juan Carlos Garcia-Valdecasas. Under the direction of Dr Garcia-Valdecasas, there have been over 1,500 organ transplants from living, cadaveric and beating-heart donors and domino transplants, with the highest survival rates and the lowest number of complications. Some of the transplants performed by this unit have represented significant medical breakthroughs, attracting world renown and making the team a pioneer in its field.
Another area of excellence is the Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT) Programme with a regular activity of 90 transplants per year, more than half of which are allogeneic and many highly complex. The hospital specialises in complex cases such as autologous transplant in autoimmune diseases or plasma cell dyscrasias, unrelated-donor allogeneic transplant and allogeneic transplantation in rare diseases. As a result of the high degree of specialisation in haematological diseases treated at the centre, as it is a leading institution both nationally and internationally. Lines of transplant have been under development for patients with diseases which cannot be cured by other means who, until recently, were not usually offered transplant as a therapeutic option.
Also important to mention is the use of the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery for kidney transplantation. The first kidney removal (affected by cancer) through the vagina was performed in barnaclínic+ under the direction of Dr Antonio Alcaraz using the NOTES technique, a milestone in minimally invasive surgery. Since then, Dr Alcaraz's team has performed about 100 single-port nephrectomies, 30 of these living donors, and another 100 transvaginal nephrectomies (NOTES), of which 70 were living donors. Last year, of the 60 living-donor kidney transplants, 25 extractions were transumbilical or transvaginal, and this year they expect similar figures. The NOTES technique enables a short postoperative period and less pain, in addition to minimising the cosmetic impact, as it leaves no visible abdominal scars.
The presence also of distinguished professionals like Dr Josep Maria Campistol, an expert in kidney transplants, amyloidosis and chronic renal failure, and Director of the Instituto Clínico de Nefrología i Urología [Clínic Institute of Nephrology and Urology], makes barnaclínic+ one of the most renowned transplant centres, every year treating patients from all over the world.
The barnaclínic+ Cardiology Platform is a leader in the development of innovations in cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. Its distinguished medical team includes the world-renowned expert in the area of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death, Doctor
Josep Brugada, and the authority on interventional cardiology, Dr Manuel Sabaté.
barnaclínic+ is considered an international centre of excellence in the prevention and treatment of heart disease (percutaneous valve replacements and prosthetics with minimally invasive techniques) and amongst other things, for its scientific and clinical experience in sports cardiology. The barnaclinic+ Sports Cardiology Unit is staffed by a group of the world's best and most highly regarded cardiologists, dedicated to the diagnosis of heart disease by non-invasive tests and the treatment and prevention of heart rhythm disorders.
barnaclínic+ also offers personalised check-ups. Aware of the importance of prevention as the best way to achieve a long and healthy life. Under the direction of Dr Alfonso López Soto, renowned expert in internal medicine, diabetes and chronic diseases related to ageing, the Check-up Unit offers each person a medical check-up tailored to their individual needs and genetic characteristics. The check-ups include a comprehensive assessment of each person and they are provided with a full and in-depth check-up. The best diagnostic tests and state-of-the-art technology are made available to the patient, in addition to diagnoses being made by world-renowned multidisciplinary groups.
The Head of the barnaclinic+ Maternal-Foetal Medicine Department, Dr Eduard Gratacós, is considered by independent experts (International Citation Index) to be one of the best specialists in foetal medicine in the world. Member of the executive board
of directors and scientific chair of the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, scientific reviewer for the European Commission and coordinator of three European projects on foetal medicine, he is also a member of the pioneering
group of foetal surgery in Europe, Eurofoetus, and participated in the design of some of the foetal treatments used today. Dr Gratacós has 15 years' experience in his field and has performed more than 1,500 in utero foetal surgery interventions,
many of them the first in the world.
Barnaclinic+ is able to boast other outstanding achievements by its specialists in areas such as onco-haematology, maxillofacial surgery and thoracic surgery.
Compared with the fifteen best hospitals in Spain as ranked by IASIST, the Hospital Clínic Group produces the best results in high-complexity cases, with the best survival and recovery rates, shortest hospital stays and the lowest levels of complications and relapses. Diario Médico, a prestigious health portal, elected Hospital Clínic, the main centre of the group, as the best teaching hospital, recommending it for training and medical practice placements for young specialists. The Hospital Clínic Group also holds a leading position in the number of medical conferences and forums organised in Spain in recent years.
The values that guide their renowned specialists are excellence, teamwork, scientific rigour and continuous innovation in health care. barnaclínic+ is committed to the health of the patient, to providing the best comprehensive, multidisciplinary medical care, scrupulous respect for their privacy, personalised service and maximum comfort.