Child and Adolescent Medicine


In the paediatric units at Tays, we treat children and adolescents under 16 years old with symptoms and diseases that require specialised care for tests and treatment. The treatment of certain difficult and rare diseases has been allocated to university hospitals.

We are responsible for specialised health care emergency services, surgeries and procedures. We are responsible for intensive care together with the Intensive Care Unit of Tays. In addition, we provide genetic counselling and organise the related tests.

Diseases of children and adolescents treated at Tays include the following, for example:

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Coeliac disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Heart diseases
  • Haematological diseases and cancers
  • Neonatal diseases
  • Paediatric neurological problems

The majority of our patients are treated in the paediatric units and outpatient clinics at Tays. Children with allergies are treated at the Allergy Centre at Tays. A number of day surgeries are also done at Tays Sastamala Hospital.

Tests and treatment at Tays

Approximately 35% of our patients need emergency treatment. At Tays Paediatric Emergency Department, we provide studies and treatment around the clock for children and adolescents under 16 years old who require urgent care. If the situation is not life-threatening, the patient must have a referral from a physician.

In the case of an accident, such as a fall, a traffic accident, a burn or some other problem that clearly requires surgery, the child is treated in Tays First Aid Unit Acuta.

Some children visit the outpatient clinic once in their life, while some require observation throughout their childhood and their treatment may require repeated periods in the ward or surgeries.

A child is taken into the ward only when the child's condition or disease requires constant observation at the hospital or when the treatment cannot be provided at the outpatient clinic or at home.

Ward treatment lasts three days on average, but it varies greatly depending on the disease. For example, a child with an infection spends two days in the ward on average, whereas new-borns requiring ward care spend approximately seven days in the ward. Sometimes the child may even spend a large part of his or her life continuously at the hospital.

Paediatric Home Hospital

If the child's condition or disease does not require special observation and the treatment can be provided at home, a child living in Tampere or in a neighbouring municipality can be treated at the Paediatric Home Hospital.

The parents are responsible for the child's daily treatment and care at home, and Home Hospital employees visit the home to perform necessary treatment procedures. The family may contact the Home Hospital staff by telephone, and the child can be admitted to a ward at any time if necessary.

New facilities and operating models in 2019

In 2019, children and adolescents will be treated in new facilities at Tays. We will also renew our operating models. Three new buildings will be constructed on the front yard of Tays, one of them focusing on the treatment of children's and adolescents' diseases. This means that the City of Tampere will have its own centre for children and adolescents.

Special expertise at Tays

We are active in the field of scientific research. Our special expertise includes paediatric bowel diseases, such as coeliac disease, haematological diseases and cancers, neonatal diseases and development, as well as children's respiratory infections. The scientific research we conduct on these topics is nationally and internationally acknowledged. We work in close collaboration with the Tampere Center for Child Health Research.

Persons in charge

Chief Physician Marja-Leena Lähdeaho
Nursing Director Tarja Heino-Tolonen