The Digestive System Service consists of 19 doctors deputies and two residents per year (pending approval of a third resident per year). The service, at the same time, is divided into three specialized units: Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Digestive Endoscopy to offer greater knowledge and service.
The service has a Day Hospital that provides continuous and scheduled care every working day (8:00 to 17:00). All those patients controlled by the service who present with an exacerbation or decompensation of their underlying digestive disease are treated. On the other hand, all those scheduled procedures are performed that, due to their characteristics, require hospital care (liver biopsy, infusion of biological treatments, intravenous iron, etc.).
At the hospitalization plant, the Digestive System Service treats between 35-40 hospitalized patients in the areas of gastroenterology and hepatology with acute digestive pathology or severe decompensation of their underlying disease. Patients pending admission located in the Emergency Department are also cared for by doctors from our service.
On Saturdays there is a on-call digestologist (assistant or MEF 4) from 8:00 to 20:00 who provides coverage to patients admitted to our service and are interconsultants of patients with digestive pathology in the hospital.
In the digestive endoscopy unit, multiple endoscopic examinations are performed, both basic and advanced: gastroscopy, colonoscopy, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, echoendoscopy, endoscopic capsule, enteroscopy and functional tests (pHmetry, esophageal and anorectal manometry). As well as many highly complex procedures such as radiofrequency, guided punctures by echoendoscopy, etc. Localizable digestive endoscopy guards are made outside working hours covering every day of the year.
The care of patients with digestive pathology is carried out within a multidisciplinary field. Other specialists such as radiologists, surgeons or pathologists are involved in the patient's decision-making and therapeutic approach, with whom clinical sessions are held on a weekly basis in the form of clinical decision committees (liver tumor committee, hepatobiliary committee, inflammatory disease committee). intestinal etc), which increases the quality of care, streamlines circuits and promotes teaching.
Within the Digestive System Service, research is especially promoted, regularly collaborating in international and national multicenter studies as well as leading our own multicenter studies.
Director of the Digestive System Service
Mercè Vergara Gómez