City Of London’s First Independent Hospital Opens

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Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, is opening the doors to the City of London’s first independent hospital, located within the grounds of Barts Health NHS Trust’s St Bartholomew’s Hospital site, a leading specialist heart and cancer centre in Europe.

Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital is a new 55-bed hospital is split over two buildings, specialising in private cardiac surgery, cardiology, orthopaedics, cancer care and women’s health. It’s supported by seven intensive care beds and by a wide range of diagnostic and physiotherapy services, including 26 consultation rooms.

The hospital is part of a new health and wellbeing campus, meaning patients will have access to the recently opened Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centre in Barbican, providing prehabilitation and rehabilitation support as well as mental wellbeing services, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and counselling.

The charity will also run free to access community clinics from the campus, including Joint Pain and COVID-19 rehabilitation programmes. Patients who have long-term symptoms of COVID will be able to refer themselves directly or through a GP or NHS referral.

Uniquely in the independent sector, the new hospital’s cardiac care pathway includes cardiac rehabilitation. Patients will be assigned one physiotherapist and one clinical nurse specialist to support them from diagnosis, through treatment and then onto rehabilitation with specialist fitness and dietary support, with the aim of improving their long-term health and preventing a future return to hospital.

Patients at Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital will have access to over 200 consultants, all of whom have university teaching hospital experience and many who practice at Barts Health NHS Trust. Dr Andrew Deaner, a Consultant Cardiologist, is working at the new hospital and is well known for supporting the recovery of former footballer Fabrice Muamba, after he suffered cardiac arrest on the Tottenham Hotspur football pitch in March 2012.

Consultants will benefit from the breadth of experts working at the new hospital, with operating theatres featuring in-built live streaming capabilities. Live operations can be streamed to the hospital’s boardroom, providing world class training opportunities and clinical knowledge sharing.

Nuffield Health has invested £70 million into the new hospital. It has been built in collaboration with Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs St Bartholomew’s Hospital, and is operationally independent, with Nuffield Health leasing and renovating the former pathology and residential staff quarters buildings, at a cost to Nuffield Health. The disused pathology building at Britain’s oldest hospital developed cult status after its appearance in the second series of the television programme, Sherlock.

Jonathan Canham, Business Development Director and Interim Hospital Director, Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, says:

“We are delighted to open the doors to our new hospital, the first and only independent hospital in the City of London community. Our new hospital – Nuffield Health’s 37th hospital in the UK – complements the internationally-leading cardiac care delivered at the neighbouring St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Our private patients will have access to many leading consultants within cardiac, cancer, orthopaedics, and women’s healthcare.

“We are proud to be working with Barts Health NHS Trust. Both organisations have values of continually striving to help people throughout the different stages of their lives. Our positive relationship has already seen 20 members of the Nuffield Health hospital team being seconded into Barts Health hospitals in late 2021 to support in intensive care, cardiac wards, and with COVID vaccination clinics.”

Dame Alwen Williams, Barts Health NHS Trust Group Chief Executive says:

“Our partnership with Nuffield Health has breathed new life into our historic buildings, while surpluses generated from private patient activity will be invested back into NHS services, benefiting patients across east London.”

Steve Gray, Chief Executive Officer of Nuffield Health, says:

“Opening this new hospital is an exciting milestone for everyone at Nuffield Health and demonstrates our purpose of investing in new, cutting-edge connected health and wellbeing services. Londoners will be able to be referred by a Nuffield Health GP, receive treatment at our new hospital and then choose to receive rehabilitation at our new Barbican Fitness and Wellbeing Centre, which is located nearby the new hospital, or at any one of our 11 medical centres or 35 fitness and wellbeing centres across London and within the M25.”

Facilities and services available include:

  • 55 patient beds
  • Oncology Day unit – including access to Maggie’s at St Bartholomew’s Hospital
  • Four advanced operating theatres
  • Seven specialist intensive care beds
  • 26 consultation rooms
  • Inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy services
  • Free community programmes, including the Joint Pain and COVID-19 recovery programmes
  • A full range of diagnostic services including an imaging suite and Siemens MAGNETOM Sola 1.5T MRI system with BioMatrix Technology (which means the scanner automatically adjusts for each patient to give greater precision and better diagnosis)
  • Connection to the new Nuffield Health Barbican Fitness & Wellbeing Centre state-of-the-art gym floor, athletic zone, 25m heated indoor swimming pool and spa facilities, dedicated prehab and rehab area and group exercise studios. The on-site medical centre provides expert physiotherapy, emotional wellbeing services, private GP and a travel clinic.

The new hospital currently has around 200 employees, including nurses, clinicians and administrative staff.