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Guidelines before and during admission to maintain a safe hospital

Information for international patients

In order to attend to the arrival of new patients in this new normal, the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital has adopted different measures to guarantee a safe and COVID-free hospital.

Towards a safe and COVID-free hospital

Before and during hospital admission to the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, international patients should take into account the following guidelines.

Patients access to Barcelona today

  • Patients and accompanying family members are allowed to travel to Barcelona for medical treatment in our hospital without problem and no need to quarantine
  • Our International Patients Department supports families to find a flight from their country, provide accommodation in our city and transfer from the airport to the Hospital or their accommodation.

Preparation of the trip and arrival at the Hospital

  • To minimize the number of people in the Hospital, we recommend only a maximum of two accompanying family members per patient.
  • It is recommended to perform a PCR test on the patient or be vaccinated before travelling to our country. In case of a positive result, it is recommended to postpone the trip.
  • Upon arrival in Barcelona a clinical screening will be carried out at the reception session and a new PCR will be performed preferably within 48 hours before a possible surgical intervention, procedure with anaesthesia or admission (if the patient has not passed the COVID in the last 3 months). This protocol may vary depending on the procedure in place. 

In case of detection of results compatible with the COVID-19, the appropriate measures will be taken for the protection and safety of the patient, accompanying family members and health professionals.

At the hospital                                                                                                

Throughout the hospital, basic safety rules must be followed:

  • Frequent hand washing.
  • Use of mask throughout the hospital grounds.
  • Maintaining the safety distance.

During hospital admission

  • The accompanying family member must wear a mask in the room, especially when communicating with healthcare professionals. The mask is also mandatory to move around the Hospital.
  • You must stay as much as possible inside the room to avoid possible contacts and cross infections (outside the room, you must respect the basic safety rules indicated in the previous section).
  • In the case of surgical intervention, it is currently not possible to accompany patients until anaesthetic induction. Although it is emotionally difficult, safety will be prioritized.

On outpatient visits

  • The patient and the accompanying family members must wash their hands before and after the visit; the disinfectant hydroalcoholic solution is available at the different entrances to the Hospital.
  • Visit scheduling and waiting rooms will be organized to guarantee non-coincidence with other patients and accompanying family members, in addition to the safety distance.
  • Professionals will be duly equipped with the protection material according to the type of medical and/or nursing care to be performed.