Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is a highly complex hospital which dates back six centuries, making it the oldest hospital in Spain.

Its activities focus on Barcelona but extend to the rest of Catalonia. The centre plays a prominent role at a Spanish level and is internationally renowned.

At the beginning of the 21st Century, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau embarked on the complex process of relocating to its third premises since it was founded more than 600 years ago. The construction of the new Hospital was undertaken in response to new healthcare needs and building started in 2000 in the northern part of the Sant Pau premises. This building consists of a main central block, which is principally the site of outpatient services (36,022 m2), from which four inpatient wings emanate like fingers (46,878 m2).

In terms of its healthcare activities, the Hospital has an outstanding record in several areas, and is considered to set the standard in its field of operation. The centre treats over 35,500 inpatients each year and some 160,000 emergencies. Approximately more than 460,000 outpatient appointments are scheduled each year and the day hospital treats over 97,000 users. There are 135-day hospital points, 548 beds and 22 surgical rooms.

Teaching activities at the Hospital have a broad scope: the UAB’s (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) Medicine Department Teaching Unit, Escola Universitària d’Infermeria, (University College of Nursing), participation in specialist healthcare training programmes, study placements, lifelong learning, etc.

In the field of research, the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau is one of the leading centres in Spain, as can be appreciated from the volume of papers published and their impact, the number and quality of projects which receive funding and the grants awarded. Since 2009, the efforts of the Institut de Recerca (Research Institute) and other new organizations in the area have combined to create the Institut d’Investigacions Biomèdiques Sant Pau (IIB Sant Pau- Institute of Biomedical Research), accredited by the Ministry of Science and Innovation since early 2011.

The Pneumology and Allergy Service of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona

The Pneumology and Allergy Service of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona is probably the oldest in the country. It was created in 1930 under the name of the Phthisiology Service. It has gone on to become a pioneer and authoritative leader in the specialist field, at both a Catalan and Spanish level.

Among other relevant facts, this Service was the introducer of the Pulmonary function testing such as bronchofibroscopy or spirometry. It has also stood out for its teaching involvement with the realization of recognized postgraduate courses. And for many years it was one of the few centers that trained pulmonologists and bronchoscopists from all over the country and abroad.

It is currently recognized as a modern Pulmonology center, with a proportionate activity in the care, teaching and research aspects. Particularly stands out for his contribution in the fields of non-invasive ventilation, asthma, bronchoscopy and respiratory rehabilitation.

It is currently projected as one of the Pneumology specialty centers with the greatest potential for future growth in terms of clinical excellence and technological innovation.

The Hospital’s Pneumology Service has a medical staff of 15 specialists (14 pulmonologists and 1 allergist), as well as specific nursing and physiotherapy staff. It also has a variable number of fellows (from four to six) who are former residents dedicated mainly to research during the post-residency stage.

The director of the Service is Dr. Vicente Plaza Moral.

The areas where most of the Service’s activity is carried out are:

  • Mechanic ventilation and comprehensive ventilator rehabilitation. Hospital and home care.
  • Diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of severe asthma.
  • Pulmonary fibrosis and other rare interstitial pneumopathies.

Asthma and Allergy Unit

  • Spirometry with bronchodilator test.
  • Expiratory fraction of nitric oxide.
  • Non-specific provocation tests (methacoline, histamine, exercise) and specific to allergens.
  • EMF measurement.
  • Specific nasal allergen exposure test with rhinoacoustic.
  • Intraepidermal skin tests (prick-test technique) to common pneumoallergens, food, panallergens, prick-by-prick in vivo to specific foods.
  • Specific study of anaphylaxis and anaphylactic shock due to wasp and bee venom, in vivo and in vitro diagnosis and specific treatment.
  • Inflammatory cell count in nasal secretions and induced sputum.
  • Asthma education.
  • Education on the use of inhaled devices and epinephrine auto-injector.
  • Education and administration of special drugs: subcutaneous, oral, sublingual and biological specific allergen immunotherapy.
  • Day Hospital for Allergology Procedures: diagnostic procedures in vivo, in vitro to drugs, test of oral exposure to food, parenteral and enteral pharmacological agents, desensitization to drugs and food.
  • Basophil activation test.
  • Molecular diagnosis platform for uniplex and multiplex components.