On May 15, 1886, Dr. Francisco Vidal Solares and Sister Mercedes Viza, sister of the Society of Daughters of Charity of San Vicente de Paul, decided to create a small dispensary to help children with malnutrition. In just 4 years, the project grew so much that in May 1890 the Hospital for Poor Children in Barcelona was inaugurated , the first center of its kind to open in Catalonia and the second in all of Spain. Thus began a great story of charity and, above all, of helping children and the most needy. From day one, the Hospital specialized in resolving nutritional disorders in infants , especially in those cases where there was a lack of breast milk. The drop of milk One of the most serious health problems of the late nineteenth century was the malnutrition and excessive infant mortality it entailed. To combat it, the so-called "Drops of Milk" were created, charities in which artificial milk was offered to poor children, who could not be breastfed by their mothers.


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  The original idea was conceived in France by Dr. Leon Dufour, but soon arrived at the Hospital for Poor Children in Barcelona. Thanks to the collaboration of citizens, the first "Drop of Milk" of which is known in Spain was opened there. Gradually they were opening others in San Sebastián, Madrid, Bilbao, Maó and Seville.

At the center, in addition to promoting breastfeeding and advising mothers on parenting, milk was collected from donors and distributed among needy children, who received a basket with the necessary bottles for 24 hours. But cow's milk was also treated to sanitize and breastfeed, making it suitable for consumption by younger children.

The high professional quality with which infants were treated and the modern methods used by the Hospital to care for them soon led to it being recognized as a forerunner in Europe of the hygienic introduction to infant nutrition.




 In 2019, the HM Hospitales Group and the Barcelona Children's Hospital Foundation have reached an agreement in which the pediatric health center in Barcelona is incorporated into the structure of the Hospital Group in Catalonia.

HM Hospitals and the Barcelona Children's Hospital Foundation share the philosophy based on the highest quality of care, teaching and health education and research, while possessing values ​​such as comprehensive care, which goes beyond illness and sailing. for the whole needs of the patient and his family, and the personalized treatment, because each case is unique and must be treated with respect, kindness and courtesy.

This new chapter not only translates into a new identity, but also into the union of two great institutions that will combine efforts and experience to meet common goals, under shared values ​​of solidarity.

The historic pediatric center in Barcelona and Catalonia will be renamed HM Nens Hospital, as will its social work, whose identity will be the HM Obra Social Nens Foundation .

In this way, the new Fundación HM Obra Social Nens feels the firm commitment to flag the care of children in situations of inequality, managing resources efficiently and based on the system of excellence and quality of care which defines the HM Hospitales Group and its Foundation.

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Radiology  HM NENS

Patient´s  experience 


HM Hospitals Network in Barcelona

From now on,  HM Nou Delfos, formerly Delfos Clinic, is integrated into the structure of  HM Hospitals  that functions as an integrated health complex and in coordination with the rest of the 17 hospitals, 4 comprehensive centers of high specialization in Oncology , Fertility, Cardiology and Neurosciences; and also with the 21 polyclinics that make up the HM Hospitales Group.

HM Delfos is a reference hospital in the private healthcare of Catalonia , where we offer the best care service to our patients by providing solutions to their medical needs.


At HM Delfos we have new teams of professionals, of the highest technology and with a desire for continuous progress  that allows us to apply the latest advances in medicine to overcome all our challenges. Thanks to all the professionals who make our commitment possible

Last April 2019, HM Hospitales announced the acquisition of more than 75% of the shares in the historic  Clínica Sant Jordi  in Barcelona.

Specialties and Medical staff

HM Children's Hospital has a team of doctors with a lot of experience, both from a professional and human point of view. We believe that ethics must be a differentiating and latent feature in all the activities that the Foundation carries out. Especially because our patients are children and teenagers, and our main goal is to help them grow up happy.

At present, at HM Nens Hospital we provide services in most of the recognized pediatric specialties. In each of the icons, you will find information about the specialty, the medical picture of each of them and you can request an appointment online with the chosen professional.

  • Allergy
  • Anesthesia
  • Dental area
  • Cardiology
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Consultation of the traveling child. Tropical medicine
  • Dermatology
  • E-health
  • Endocrinology
  • Physiotherapy and Functional Recovery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Genetics
  • Gynecology
  • Hematology
  • Homeopathy
  • Hospitalization
  • Laboratories
  • Breastfeeding
  • Speech Therapy and Myofunctional Therapy
  • Sports medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neurology
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Ophthalmology
  • Osteopathy
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pulmonology
  • Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Radiology
  • Rheumatology
  • Traumatology
  • Urodynamics Unit
  • Unit Sleep Disorders
  • Emergencies


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