Ostschweizer Kinderspital (St. Gallen)

Ostschweizer Kinderspital (St. Gallen)

Ostschweizer Kinderspital
Claudiusstrasse 6
9006 St.Gallen
Telefon: 071 243 71 77

The Ostschweizer Kinderspital OKS is supported by the cantons of St. Gallen, Thurgau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden and Innerrhoden and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
It is the regional centre for paediatrics, paediatric and juvenile surgery and youth medicine in eastern Switzerland. The task of the OKS is to provide extended basic care for children and young people from the foundation area and other areas, insofar as this is not covered by an expanded children’s department in a hospital. It also provides basic care for children and adolescents in the siting region (district of St. Gallen) and for other areas together with the registered practice pediatricians.
The Children’s Hospital in Eastern Switzerland employs around 700 staff from over 20 countries who provide inpatient and outpatient treatment and care for patients from over 60 nations.

Since 2010, OKS has been participating in the Migrant Friendly Hospitals project together with Allianz Kinderspitäler der Schweiz “AllKidS”. The main focus of the OKS project is:

Interpreting at the children’s hospital

Training and sensitization measures for employees in transcultural competence

Empowerment of patients and their relatives

The aim of these efforts is to create equal opportunity, value-free and non-discriminatory access to the services of the Ostschweizer Kinderspital. The high quality of services should be guaranteed for all and is an ongoing task.
The Ostschweizer Kinderspital sees itself as a learning organisation.

The treatment and care of children and families with a migration background represents a special challenge for employees. The use of qualified interpreters as well as adapted and, if possible, translated information material should support their work.

At the same time, the children and their parents should have the security and competence to have a say in treatment and therapy through adequate information.

The project manager is supported in the implementation of the project in the OKS by the internal expert committee. This is made up of employees from the medical and nursing professions. The aim is to develop sustainable structures and strategies beyond the project phase.