Apartments for patients and familiesBarcelona - Spain
The treatment of leukaemia and other haematological illnesses is a long and complex process.
Many leukaemia patients that need to have a transplant live in the same city where they receive treatment or in areas nearby. However, there are cases in which their place of residence is too far away to be able to get to the hospital quickly in the case of an emergency, or for out-patient treatment, etc. If these patients were to remain in hospital, it would normally mean two things: the occupation of a hospital bed which could be taken up by another patient, and being unable to enjoy the comfort of being in a private and more comfortable environment.
The José Carreras Foundation participates in the Residential Transplant Programme with the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona and has an apartment available in close proximity to the medical centre. The Hospital Clínico project is the only one of its kind in Spain and has been in operation since 2003. As part of this system, patients who live in the city are able to return to their house the day after their transplant and will receive check-ups by a nurse once or twice a day. At present, patients who live more than one hour by car from the Hospital Clínico at peak time are excluded from this service. Patients who are unable to make use of this type of transplant because they live far away from the hospital can make use of the Residential Transplants Programme thanks to the apartment provided by the Foundation.
The Foundation has 6 apartments available to meet the requirements of patients and families with limited financial resources or that must move away from their normal place of residence (conditional on reports from the social workers at the hospitals in which they are receiving treatment). The apartments are located near the main transplant centres in Barcelona: Hospital Clínic; Hospital de Sant Pau; Hospital Vall d'Hebron; Hospital de Bellvitge; and Hospital Germans Trias i Pujol, the final being located in Badalona.
Since 1994, more than 150 families have benefited from this service, coming from different parts of Spain (Mallorca, Burgos, Vigo, Albacete, Zaragoza, Pontevedra, Girona, León, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Lleida, Málaga, Tarragona, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Pamplona, Jaén, Orense, Asturias, Meorca, Murcia, Cádiz, Badajoz, Castellón and Teruel), as well as Andorra, Romania, Morocco, Argentina, Paraguay, Peru and Mexico.
For the apartment located close to Hospital Clinic 5 patients and 10 companions are expected to be the beneficiaries of this project.
- The aim of this project is to get funds to pay the operating expenses for 2014 of this apartment situated near the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona.