Being a third level, benchmark University Centre, here at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital we treat complex patients referred from all over Catalonia, Spain and other parts of the world. Among these, for many years we have traditionally treated a considerable number of children suffering from rare diseases, which affect fewer than 5 people per 10,000 inhabitants.
The SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is one of the three member centers of the first network of specialist clinical units (XUEC in Catalan) for the care of minority diseases created by the Catalan Health Service.
We have experience in more than 1, 200 types of rare diseases, three quarters of which affect fewer than 4 children, and are recognised as ultra-rare. Thus, we are one of the most experienced centres in Spain in dealing clinically with these pathologies.
This extensive experience makes us unique, and accordingly, in 2015, the hospital established a specific transversal Department, the Institute for Rare Childhood Disorders (IPER), with the objective of making progress in the treatment of and research into rare diseases.
If you would like to contact the IPER for an assessment of a patient in the Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona send us your request.