Pädiatrie 5 Olgahospital

ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Contact person Dr. Claudia Blattmann
Address Olgahospital, Pädiatrie 5
Bismarckstr. 8
Stuttgart, B.-W. 70176


Contact Phone: +49 711 278 72461 -
New Pädiatrie 5 Olgahospital opening May 2014. Photo by Wolfram Janzer.

Centre History

The Olgahospital was built in 1842 and named after Queen Olga of Baden-Württemberg.

In 1974, the Olgahospital was municipalised. Currently, the hospital offers 5 paediatric departments as well as departments of paediatric orthopedics, paediatric surgery, paediatric ENT, paediatric radiology, and paediatric anesthesiology. In total, 350 inpatient beds are provided. The Olgahospital is one of the biggest paediatric centres in Germany. In May 2014, the hospital will move to a new building in Stuttgart which will offer the latest technical equipment and infrastructure.

Department Profile

The department of Paediatric Oncology, Haematology, Immunology is one of five paediatric departments with approx. 80 new oncologic cases per year. The department is chaired by Prof. Stefan Bielack, who is also the principal investigator of the Cooperative Osteosarcoma Study Group (COSS). The department offers treatment for all haematological and oncologic diseases occurring in children, adolescents, and young adults, including autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The department has five consultants, all of whom are board certified paediatric haemato-oncologists. All have long-standing expertise in paediatric palliative care. A paediatric oncologist with experience in palliative care is on duty 24/7.

Areas of Specialisation

Olgahospital’s department of Paediatric Oncology, Haematology, Immunology has particular expertise in soft tissue and bone sarcoma. It is home to the study centres of the German Society for Paediatric Oncology and Haematology’s Cooperative Soft Tissue and Osteosarcoma Study Groups (CWS and COSS). Furthermore, the centre offers a close interaction between haematology, oncology and palliative medicine services by daily joint ward rounds and weekly interdisciplinary conferences. A close cooperation with the pain management service of the Department of Anaesthesiology ensures availability of non-invasive and invasive procedures. Since 2000, outpatient care at the patients’ homes is offered by a specialised team (“HOPPS”- Häusliche Onkologische Pflege Stuttgart”). The team services oncology and palliative care patients at home and acts as a model for the development of Specialised Outpatient Palliative Care (SAPV) teams, which are currently being introduced for all of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Palliative and Supportive Care

Photo by Wolfram Janzer.

Photo by Wolfram Janzer.

Palliative care is provided by a counselling team on an inpatient ward and in the outpatient clinic. Two consultants are board certified palliative care specialists. One of them was employed in October 2012 to build up an SAPV team for Stuttgart as well as to organise the care of palliative inpatients. Two residents have completed their palliative care training and are applying for their board certificates. All physicians cooperate with specialised nursing staff, social workers, psychologists, chaplains, nutrition specialists, pharmacologists, physiotherapists and art therapists in all palliative care services. The palliative care counselling team’s activities are not restricted to oncology, but include care for patients from all other departments of the Olgahospital as well.