French-Spanish cross-border region of Cerdanya gets state-of-the-art paediatric hospital

No more worrying about cards, borders, and administrative hurdles. Thanks to a new, state-of-the-art medical facility funded by the EU-funded Pediatric Pole of Cerdanya (PPC) project, any child living in the French-Spanish cross-border region of Cerdanya now has access to quality healthcare.

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The EU-funded Pediatric Pole of Cerdanya project built a state-of-the art children’s hospital in the French-Spanish cross-border region. ©Pediatric Pole of Cerdanya The EU-funded Pediatric Pole of Cerdanya project built a state-of-the art children’s hospital in the French-Spanish cross-border region. ©Pediatric Pole of Cerdanya

" Thanks to the support of the ERDF, the Paediatric Pole of Cerdanya has raised the bar for rural healthcare with a modern facility in a unique location. Eventually, 120 hospital beds will be in operation, financed by health insurance funds delegated by the Agence Régionale de Santé d'Occitanie, which initiated the project and financed the remainder of the construction cost. "

Xavier Faure, Project Director at the Regional Health Agency (Régionale de Santé d'Occitanie), in charge of the Cerdanya Hospital project and cross-border issues

 

Cerdanya, a historical region in the eastern Pyrenees divided between France and Spain, has a long and proud history of treating children with various respiratory diseases. But due to increasing costs and a difficulty recruiting healthcare professionals, in 2015 the region’s four respiratory care centres closed.

With the region’s reputation on the line – and more than 200 jobs at stake – the EU-funded PPC project stepped in. Replacing the four recently closed respiratory facilities, the project built a new, state-of-the-art healthcare centre.

A full range of services

Located halfway between the French and Spanish borders, the new facility focuses on treating such paediatric health issues as diabetes, obesity, physiological disabilities, and other chronic diseases. It is managed by French healthcare provider Alefpa.

The new building includes modern accommodations, innovative treatment, a full range of rehabilitation services such as speech therapists, physiotherapists, psychomotor therapists, therapeutic education; and social and educational support, including a school for special-needs children.

A leader in innovative healthcare

With modern services adapted to the healthcare needs of today’s patients, the new hospital has positioned the region as a leader in innovative healthcare. As a result, the hospital has seen an influx of interests from medical professionals from both Spain and France. In fact, there are now enough paediatricians practicing in the region that the hospital was able to launch a fully staffed maternity unit and create a common medical on-call system to support other area hospitals.  

Better organisation

With all services now offered under one roof, Alefpa has seen a substantial decrease in operating costs. The single building has allowed for a better organisation, as staff no longer need to be shuttled between facilities, and professionals always have ready access to both equipment and experts in related fields.

With all services now offered under one roof, Alefpa has seen a substantial decrease in operating costs. The single building has allowed for a better organisation, as staff no longer need to be shuttled between facilities, and professionals always have ready access to both equipment and experts in related fields.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Pôle Pédiatrique de Cerdagne (PPC)” is EUR 1 846 154, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 1 200 000 through the “Interreg V-A - Spain-France-Andorra (POCTEFA)” Operational Programme for the 2014-2020 programming period. The investment falls under the priority “Social inclusion”.

Draft date

05/04/2020