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Highgate Private Hospital opens its doors to NHS patients

Staff and 43 beds made available to take non-coronavirus patients

01 April, 2020 — By Tom Foot

An anaesthetic machine transferred to a NHS hospital by the London Ambulance Service

A PRIVATE hospital has “committed its resources to the NHS” for the first time as part of the coronavirus fightback.

The Highgate Private Hospital’s 43 beds, staff and equipment have been made available to patients who do not need to be in NHS hospitals, following discussions between government.

Patients with weakened immune systems, who have a reduced ability to fight infections, have been transferred to the hospital in View Road.

The hospital, which is near Highgate School, will mainly provide beds for orthopaedic treatments such as hip and knee surgeries. Life-saving anaesthetic machines have transferred to the London Ambulance Service as part of the agreement.

Director of Nursing at Highgate Hospital Kate Hoffman said: “We have a huge role to play in supporting NHS patients in our local community and will help the health service in whatever capacity we can. From speaking to our staff and consultants, every single person is 100 per cent committed to doing what they can to help the NHS.”

Private hospitals, unlike NHS hospitals, charge fees for care and procedures. According to Highgate’s price-sheet, a hip replacement can cost £9,450.

NHS bosses are expected to meet the cost of expanding the independent sector’s role in the coronavirus fightback through the government’s £5bn Covid-19 response fund, announced by the chancellor Rishi Sunak last month.

Highgate Hospital is run by private medical company Aspen Healthcare, a subsidiary of Dallas-based United Surgical Partners International.

 

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