Clinic for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

‘Healthy children are our greatest happiness and greatest hope at the same time. UNESCO has identified the provision of the best in medical treatment to children as a fundamental right. We practise this out of our own conviction.’
(Chief Physician Dr. med. Hans-Georg Kläber)

The Clinic for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine provides treatment to children and adolescents up to 18 years of age, and in exceptional cases even up to the age of 21. Specially trained paediatricians and registered paediatric nurses provide high-quality care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

The medical care provided here is offered in close consultation with all of the specialist disciplines of the Hospital, particularly with the Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics in the shared treatment and care of premature infants and high-risk births (neonatology).

Special emphasis is put on age-appropriate medical care in close compliance with the UNESCO Charter, which guarantees children the right to the best possible medical treatment. This includes, first and foremost, pain therapy for large and even minor surgeries, as well as an offer of 18 ‘rooming-in’ rooms where parents can stay with their children in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Including parents as the main caregivers for the little patients also involves continuous, comprehensive information around the diagnosis, search for causes and treatment of complaints and diseases.

Another area of focus is uncomplicated communication with the referring physicians before, during, and after treatment. We do this because it has been our experience that patients’ long-term prospects of success increase if all stakeholders participate holistically in the patients’ recovery.

There is little to remind visitors to the Clinic for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine that this is actually a hospital ward: bright, spacious rooms with colourful pictures leave an impression more of a kindergarten or school. Particularly with the smallest patients in mind, a friendly environment is essential to rapid and complete recovery. That is why a lovingly appointed play room is available, and non-infant children are cared for by a trained kindergarten teacher. Admitting parents to hospital with their children, and involving them in the care we provide, are possible here, as are regular visits to the young patients without a limit on visiting hours.

  • Holistic child care in 28 hospital beds
  • Co-provision of care for healthy newborns in the Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Perinatological focus
  • Specialised children's cardiac care
  • 18 mother-child units for the co-provision of care by a child caregiver
  • Two respiratory and two intensive care monitoring stations
  • Open visiting hours for family members
  • Professional childcare by trained paediatric nurses and a kindergarten teacher in the Clinic’s play room
  • Caring for sick children by other disciplines in the Children’s Clinic
  • Year-round, 24-hour emergency outpatient treatment
  • Lung-function and allergy testing
  • Electroencephalography (EEG) and epilepsy treatment
  • Asthma treatment and neurodermatitis trainer
  • Ultrasound imaging of all organs including the heart
  • Perspiration test (iontophoresis)
  • 24-hour blood pressure and ECG measurement
  • Objective hearing test for newborns and infants
  • Systematic examinations (MRT, gastrointestinal endoscopy, scintigraphy) in deep sedation

Chefarzt Dr. med. Hans-Georg KläberChief Physician Dr. med. Hans-Georg Kläber
Specialist for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Emergency Medicine, Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Physician, Neonatology
Sonography, Cardiology, EEG, Allergology


Authorisation to provide advanced training

  • Full authorisation to provide advanced training in Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine for 60 months

Leitender Oberarzt Peter Weiss Managing Senior Physician Peter Weiss
Specialist for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Neonatology, Transfusion Officer,
Genetic Consultation



Oberärztin Dr. med. Ursula ZinßiusSenior Physician Dr. med. Ursula Zinßius
Specialist for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
Neonatology, Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Sonography, EEG

Particular attention is paid to the youngest patients
Children are special, and they need very special treatment. That is why the Hospital is committed to the Charter for Children in Hospital, which calls for the best possible medical treatments specifically for children.

Against this backdrop, the Clinic for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine has received the ‘Outstanding. FOR CHILDREN 2020-2021’ certificate. With this honour, Gesellschaft der Kinderkrankenhäuser und Kinderabteilungen in Deutschland e.V. (GKinD) attests to exemplary, age-appropriate care for children and adolescents. This organisation represents paediatric hospitals and paediatrics departments in Germany.

The Department of Paediatrics has voluntarily submitted to the strict audits under the leadership of GKinD since 2012 and is listed as a high-quality paediatric clinic.

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The criteria fulfilled specifically include:

  • Without exception, meeting all of the standards for multiprofessional and interdisciplinary care:

  • 24-hour staffing with specialists as well as qualified healthcare and paediatric nurses

  • Child- and family-oriented approach with regard to visiting rules and offer of free co-admission of a parent for infants and toddlers.

  • Fulfilling all aspects of the Charter for Children in Hospitals (of EACH – European Association for Children in Hospitals), such as the spatial design or safety criteria

  • Demonstrably excellent cooperation between large and smaller children’s hospitals, especially where the emphasis is on neonatology, paediatric surgery, paediatric hematology and oncology

  • Devotion of at least 95 percent of healthcare and paediatric nurses to patient-related care

KindermedizinChildren should not be raised to defy pain and suffer with proverbially clenched teeth. Statements such as ‘Be brave, child, and endure the pain’ do not belong in everyday clinical routine. If it is avoidable, there is no need for even minor pain. Alongside this purely human justification for the avoidance of pain, though, there is also a there is also a psychological learning aspect as well. Because the experience of pain during an early-childhood phase can quickly lead to (difficult-to-reverse) aversions to hospitals, doctors and nursing staff.

Thinking this through to its conclusion, this can lead to subconscious reasoning that a life-saving visit to a doctor later on could be prevented for fear of further pain.

It is for precisely these reasons, the Clinic for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, in close consultation with the young patients and their guardians, focusses on pain reduction. With this in mind, from the very beginning, all treatments are performed in a manner that is as pleasant and as painless as possible. This begins with careful diagnostics and extends from gentle changes of wound dressing or fracture treatments through to minimal sedation for injections and infusions.

For inpatient stays at the Hospital for Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine, the patient can be accompanied by an adult if there are parent-child rooms available. If these are all occupied, initially a ‘sleeper lounge’ is offered in the child’s room. By way of exception, an overnight stay in another room nearby can also be arranged; this way, the accompanying person can, if necessary, be called to his or her physician-supervised child.  

Accommodation of accompanying persons for pre-school and severely ill children is offered free of charge. In other cases in which not medically indicated, a cost contribution of EUR 15 per day will be charged.

In either event – whether medically indicated or not – the accompanying persons accommodated along with the patient receives breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ward at no extra charge; meals are always delivered following delivery of the patient’s meal.The wards are also equipped with patient kitchens, each with refrigerator and microwave. 

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The Clinic for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine works very closely with other departments of the Municipal Hospital, in particular with the Clinic for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, and with local midwives.

A close partnership is maintained with referring paediatricians and other specialists; their common goal is to nurse the patients back to health.

Clinical partners include in particular:

Westpfalz-Klinikum Kaiserslautern
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Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes (Homburg)
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At the heart of the care we provide for premature and newborn babies (neonatology) are the typical problems with which some newborns have to contest. These include, for example, disorders of temperature regulation, breathing, circulation and metabolism.The medical staff at the clinic identifies and deals with all conceivable complications with great expertise and all the necessary experience.

With its perinatalogical focus, the Clinic for Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine is equipped to provide neonatal care to newborns born after completing 29 weeks of pregnancy and/or weighing more than 1,250 grams.

In the areas of neonatology and paediatric intensive care medicine, the Municipal Hospital of Pirmasens offers comprehensive therapeutic facilities for premature infants as well as for children and adolescents of other age groups who require treatment.

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Chefarzt Dr. med. Hans-Georg KläberChief Physician:
Dr. med. Hans-Georg Kläber



Leitender Oberarzt Peter Weiss

Managing Senior Physician:
Peter Weiss


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Secretariat:Martina Bystrek
Martina Bystrek


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