Sophia Children's Hospital

About the Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital

Family-centred care

The Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital

All pediatric specializations under the same roof

The Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital offers everything that is needed to give your child the best possible care. Founded over 150 years ago, it is a pioneering children’s hospital accommodating the entire spectrum of specialisms in the fields of paediatric medicine, surgery and child psychiatry. It also includes departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Clinical Genetics and Urology.

Our expertise in all the various fields encompassed by the hospital is concentrated in four specialist centres: the Children’s Thorax Centre, the Children’s Brain Centre, the Centre for Rare Diseases, and the Centre for Reproductive, Foetal and Neonatal Medicine.

Our physicians work in close-knit multidisciplinary teams. They treat children using the latest medical insights, in consultation with their parents. Our knowledge and experience in the field of rare diseases complies with EU standards and we are recognised by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport as a centre of expertise for rare diseases. Our scientific research focuses on two objectives: restoring health and leading a healthy lifestyle.

EEG in het Erasmus MC-Sophia

Our care starts at the very beginning of life and continues into young adulthood. We are a place where a child can really be a child. There is plenty of room for fun and games, including our very own Sophia TV channel and shows staged by well-known performers.

Our staff of over 2,000 provide high-quality care day and night to children and their parents. They are passionate about their work, dedicated as they are to providing safe, high-quality care. We believe that every person, including every child – whether ill, healthy or healthy but with a disability – is entitled to the best possible care and quality of life.

We have been committed to this philosophy for many years now. It forms the core of our work and is also the cornerstone of our objectives for the healthcare services of the future. We are already the largest university children’s hospital in the Netherlands, and wish to evolve into one of the top five children's hospitals in Europe in the coming decades. Our aim is to offer specialist clinical care in a setting that is conducive to the three core activities of a university hospital, i.e. patient care, research and teaching.

Our organisational structure

The Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital is the Erasmus MC’s paediatric hospital. The Erasmus MC is the largest university hospital in the Netherlands.

The Erasmus MC is structured around a number of ‘domains’ embracing its main functions. The Sophia domain, for example, covers the Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital. It includes the departments of Child Psychiatry, Paediatric Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Clinical Genetics and Urology.

Our expertise in all the various fields encompassed by the hospital is concentrated in four specialist centres: the Children’s Thorax Centre, the Children’s Brain Centre, the Centre for Rare Diseases, and the Centre for Reproductive, Foetal and Neonatal Medicine.

Coordinated care

We believe in providing our young patients with the highest possible standard of care. This means combining the latest developments in diagnostics and treatment with full attention for each individual patient and his or her family. After all, every child is a member of a family, and every family is unique in its values and needs. We call this approach ‘family-centred care’.

We actively involve every child and his or her parents in the care and treatment we provide. We regard them all as equal partners. This, of course, we can do only if we ensure that everyone receives information that is both accurate and complete. By listening to each other, and by acknowledging that everyone has their own unique views and standpoints, we can make the care we provide as safe and as personalised as possible.

In many departments, our young patients and their parents are invited to play a full role in the physicians’ daily rounds. Referred to as ‘family-centred care meetings’, they provide a forum for discussing the plans for the next few days. Together, we ensure that children receive the most appropriate form of care.

We encourage family members to play a full part in the care given to the child in question. We believe that a family should be able to operate as 'normally' as possible. This is the best way of preparing for everyday life after the patient has been discharged from hospital.

Parents’ Advisory Council

Parents help us to continuously improve our services, thanks to the work of the Parents’ Advisory Council and the Parents’ Advisory Committees. They pass on their suggestions and views on issues relating to patient care, quality and safety, communications and plans for new buildings, and they are actively involved in a range of teaching activities.

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Logo of ECHO, the European Children's Hospitals Organisation

The Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital is a member of the European Children's Hospitals Organisation (ECHO).

Joep's adventure (tour)

If you have an appointment at the Erasmus MC Sophia Children’s Hospital, you and your child can now go on a virtual voyage of discovery around the hospital. Join Joep and his friends on their adventure – which you’ll find on our website.

Going to hospital can be can be a bit of a scary experience. Fortunately, there are certain things you can do to prepare for your child’s stay in hospital. For a start, it helps if you and your child already know what the hospital looks like. That’s why we’ve compiled a virtual tour – specially for children and their parents.

Together with Joep, you can now view 10 different hospital rooms from the comfort of your own home. Joep’s teddy bear knows all sorts of fun facts about the rooms. And Olli the monkey can’t wait to show you all around rooms such as the ultrasound room, the blood test room and the plaster room.

Watch a virtual tour of some of the rooms in the children’s hospital