The Olgahospital was built in 1842 and named after Queen Olga of Baden-Württemberg.
In 1974, the Olgahospital was municipalized. Currently, the hospital offers 5 pediatric departments as well as departments of pediatric orthopedics, pediatric surgery, pediatric ENT, pediatric radiology, and pediatric anesthesiology. In total, 350 inpatient beds are provided. The Olgahospital is one of the biggest pediatric centers in Germany. In May 2014, the hospital moved to a new building in Stuttgart which offers the latest technical equipment and infrastructure.
The department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, Immunology is one of five pediatric 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 hematological and oncologic diseases occurring in children, adolescents, and and young adults is offered, including autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The department has five consultants, all of whom are board certified pediatric hemato-oncologists. All have long-standing expertise in pediatric palliative care. A pediatric oncologist with experience in palliative care is on duty 24/7.
Areas of Specialisation
Olgahospital’s department of Pediatric Oncology, Hematology, Immunology has particular expertise in soft tissue and bone sarcoma. It is home to the study centers of the German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology’s Cooperative Soft Tissue and Osteosarcoma Study Groups (CWS and COSS). Furthermore, the centre offers a close interaction between hematology, 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 specialized team (“HOPPS”- Häusliche Onkologische Pflege Stuttgart”). The team services oncology care patients at home. In 2016, a team specialized for outpatient palliative care (SAPV) was initiated. To date, the team consists of 5 pediatricians, 6 nurses, one psychologist, one priest and one social worker. The team consists of 5 pediatricians, 7 nurses and one social worker, all of them trained in palliative care. 24h per day, a nurse and a pediatrician are on call. Patients with palliative diagnosis are treated at home in close cooperation with hospice services and other ambulatory services within a radius of 120 km.
Palliative and Supportive Care
Palliative care is provided by a counseling team on an inpatient ward and in the outpatient clinic as well as at home. Two consultants are board certified palliative care specialists. One of them is head of the SAPV team as well as to organize the care of palliative inpatients. One residents have completed the palliative care training and is applying for the board certificate. 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.