IN THE IMAGES, IN THE IMAGES. Nantes: discover this children’s hospital, a unique structure

Khalid is hospitalized inside ESEAN but smiles constantly. (© Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

In Nantes, near the Bourdonnières high school, ESEAN (follow-up and rehabilitation health facility for children and adolescents), open since February 2010welcomes children and adolescents, from 0 to 18 years.

A place managed by APF France Handicap, and where health workers facilitate the daily life of young people.

Three units of care

The building consists of a single floor and has three care units: a conventional inpatient unit, a daytime inpatient unit open from 8.45am to 5.45pm and a rehabilitation unit with physiotherapy, occupational therapy or balneotherapy.

There are devices for rehabilitation of children
There are devices for rehabilitation of children (© Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

“We have 55 full hospital beds and about 30 for day hospitalization,” explains Karine Couillères, head of ESEAN coordination.

The children decorated the physiotherapy room with the colors of FC Nantes.
The children decorated the physiotherapy room with the colors of FC Nantes. (© Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

Inside the palace of Nantes, children with various pathologies are welcomed due to problems related to the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, respiratory disorders, digestive system disorders but also onco-haematological.

It is a health institution whose main missions are long-term.

Karine CouilleresResponsible for the animation of ESEAN

Together with Bordeaux, ESEAN in Nantes is the only establishment of its kind on the Atlantic coast. Children from all over the west of France, but also young people from Guyana are hospitalized here on the advice of a doctor.

The carpets allow young people to play sports.
The carpets allow young people to play sports. (© Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

The hospital’s missions consist in re-educating and reintegrating the young person in his or her institution of origin, but there is also “pediatric assistance for long-term illnesses that require a shorter or longer hospitalization”.

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School and entertainment

Family room, classroom, restaurants, children’s bedrooms, several rooms run along the corridor on the first floor.

Upstairs we meet Khalid. In his room, the hospitalized boy is accompanied by a nurse. Throughout the morning, Khalid’s smile lit up every corner of the ESEAN.

From kindergarten to high school, young people can follow normal schooling in the classrooms.
From kindergarten to high school, young people can follow normal schooling in the classrooms. (@Thomas Barnard / Nantes News)

The rooms are divided into two sectors: a “Girafe” shelter unit that welcomes children from Monday to Friday and a “Diver” shelter unit that welcomes children on an ongoing basis, for those who cannot go home to sleep.

“We organize activities with children all year round. In the next few days we will host an educational farm,” says Karine Couillères.

Healthcare workers support the daily lives of children and adolescents admitted to ESEAN.
Healthcare workers support the daily lives of children and adolescents admitted to ESEAN. (© Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

From kindergarten to high school, hospitalized children follow a traditional education thanks to the intervention of the teachers of National Education. Interventions such as social assistance are also present on site from Monday to Friday.

The day shelter unit is decorated in a savannah atmosphere.
The day shelter unit is decorated in a savannah atmosphere. (© Thomas Bernard / Nantes news)

On a daily basis, ESEAN teams mobilize to enable young patients to reintegrate. Throughout the care, health workers and children smile to prepare for the future.

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