More than 100 cancer patients needing urgent surgery have been treated, thanks to great partnership working by West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust (WHHT) and Spire Bushey Hospital.
Staff were keen to ensure that patients awaiting potentially life-saving surgery were not put at risk by having their procedures delayed and so worked with Spire Bushey Hospital to identify which patients were the highest clinical priority.
The first of these patients to have surgery at Spire Bushey Hospital were treated within just a few days of NHS England’s mandate on March 21 for the private sector to work with the NHS.
To date over 130 NHS time-critical patients from the trust’s waiting list have been treated at Spire Bushey Hospital.
One patient who was transferred to Spire Bushey Hospital was Christine Watson from Hemel Hempstead who had previously had a kidney removed due to cancer.
However, her remaining kidney had a stone and a dangerous cyst and so she needed further surgery to remove the stone and carry out a test on the cyst.
Thanks to the collaboration between the trust and Spire Bushey Hospital, the kidney stone was removed, and she is now recovering whilst waiting for results on the cyst.
Jeremy Livingstone, an upper gastrointestinal surgeon at WHHT and Spire Bushey Hospital, is the clinical lead for this partnership.
He said: “We’ve always had a good relationship with Spire Bushey Hospital, but this has been transformed to a whole new level over the last few weeks.
“Whilst there are fundamental difference between the funding and running of the NHS and private healthcare – we have the same focus – great patient care. “
“We understand how stressful it is to be waiting for surgery and we are really pleased that we have been able to reduce this anxiety through our collaboration with Spire Bushey Hospital.”
Lisa Trybus, hospital director at Spire Bushey Hospital, said: “I am so proud of the excellent relationship we have with West Herts which meant that we were quickly able to start offering urgent surgery to patients.
“Patients have been so grateful for the seamless care they have received despite the change in location and the fact that have been able to receive time-critical surgery whilst staying local.”