Pediatrics

Pediatrics

The Pediatric Department of St Luke’s Hospital is the natural and integral continuation of the Obstetrics and Neonatal Departments, which have been operating for many years and have been recognized in the society of Northern Greece for the European level services they offer.
The Pediatric Department is housed in a newly built, independent wing of the hospital, with direct access to the underground parking area. The department’s rooms are single and double, with excellent hotel support. The department also has a children’s playground, an area specially designed for small children, in an effort to provide entertainment and employment for our young patients.
Department and HR
The department, staffed with excellent and experienced nursing and medical staff, covers the entire spectrum of childhood diseases, having doctors of all specialties related to childhood, such as:

• Pediatric surgeons
• Otorhinolaryngologists
• Pediatric orthopedics
• Cardiologists
• Neurologists
• Pediatric ophthalmologists
• Pediatric gastroenterologists
• Diabetologists

 

Activities
In the department’s new playground, children can play with special wooden structures, draw, watch movies or children’s series on TV, play games on tablets or surf the Internet.

Operation, possibilities and philosophy of the department
The Pediatric department provides round-the-clock coverage of emergencies, with the presence of a specialist pediatrician on call around the clock. In the morning hours, a regular external Pediatric Clinic operates, staffed by specialist paediatricians. The department is supported by the hospital’s Laboratories on a 24-hour basis. Also, the department treats all age groups, from infants to teenagers.
For the best treatment of our small patients, we have at our disposal the laboratories of the Clinic, such as:

• Microbiological labs
• Ultrasound scanners
• Axial and Magnetic tomography
• EEG
• EKG
• Heart ultrasound

Permanent and external collaborators of the Pediatric department

At St Luke’s there are permanent ENT associates, Pediatric surgeons, Pediatric ophthalmologists, Pediatric orthopedists, who help us in investigating and dealing with cases whenever we need them.
Regarding the other subspecialties of Pediatrics, we have external partners, such as Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Pediatric Neurologist, Pediatric Allergist, Pediatric Pulmonologist, Pediatric Endocrinologist, Pediatric Nephrologist, and we also collaborate with the University Pediatric Clinics of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH).
Which cases are treated in the Pediatric department

The department treats diseases of the entire spectrum of General Pediatrics and its subspecialties (Pediatric Pulmonology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, etc.), as well as Pediatric Surgery and its subspecialties (Urology, Gastroenterology, ENT, etc.). The immediate treatment of the problem takes place either by administering medication or by recommending admission to the hospital for further treatment.

Respiratory infections
The cases that are usually hospitalized concern – mainly during the winter months – respiratory infections, such as:
• Pneumonia-pleurisy
• Bronchial asthma attacks
• Bronchiolitis
• Complicated otitis media
• Lymphadenitis
Acute and chronic abdominal ulcers
Almost all year round we deal with cases of acute, chronic abdominal pains, some of which will develop into acute gastroenteritis with a risk of dehydration, while some will be diagnosed with acute appendicitis or some other pediatric surgical problem.
Allergic reactions

Allergic reactions are a common pediatric problem and unfortunately, in some cases, very dangerous for the health of our little patients. Allergic reactions range from simple to widespread urticaria up to anaphylactic shock.
Hematological events
Children with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, leukopenia-neutropenia, children with autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Kawasaki syndrome, Henoch Schonlein purpura etc. have been hospitalized in our department.
Skin infections
In skin infections – particularly common in the summer months – we deal with cases such as infectious wax and cellulitis (most common types of cases), but also more serious ones, such as staphylococcal toxic epidermolysis.
Pediatric neurological cases

Pediatric neurological cases concern convulsions, whether febrile or non-febrile, epileptic seizures, meningitis (usually viral) etc.

At the Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Clinic of St Luke’s Hospital, pediatric patients are examined from birth to 16 years of age. Symptoms from the gastrointestinal system are among the most common in childhood. Their treatment, especially if the symptoms persist despite the initial treatment by the patient’s pediatrician, is carried out by doctors specialized in pediatric gastroenterology with experience in the use of appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic techniques.

The Clinic treats patients with common pediatric gastrointestinal problems, such as:

  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Food allergies
  • Growth stagnation
  • Persistent abdominal cramps
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea

Also, children with a more complex clinical picture and special clinical needs, such as those with:

  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases
  • Special dietary needs and special nutrition, such as through a gastrostomy
  • Neurogastroenterological diseases
  • Digestive tract motility disorders
  • Functional diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Liver, biliary and pancreatic diseases

In collaboration with a group of specialized pediatricians at the Clinic, children with underlying comorbidities and symptoms from the digestive system are also examined and monitored.

Specialized Transition Clinic

In addition, for pediatric patients with chronic gastrointestinal diseases, who are approaching the age of 16, a gradual transition to the adult gastrointestinal clinic (transition clinic) is organized to ensure a smoother continuation of their follow-up.

Services we offer

St Luke’s offers diagnostic investigation of patients with the most specialized and modern methods, such as:
  • Upper and lower digestive endoscopy
  • Physiology studies of the digestive system, such as gastroesophageal reflux study with combined pH-impedance test and high-definition digestive manometry
  • Carrying out special imaging methods of the gastrointestinal tract of children, such as abdominal ultrasound, fluoroscopic digestive control and magnetic enterography, in collaboration with the specialized doctors of the Radiology department.

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