BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow, has been shortlisted for a prestigious 2011 Independent Healthcare Award for the achievement its Emergency Care Centre (ECC) has made to the provision of emergency healthcare in the north London region.
The ECC was nominated in the ‘Innovation’ category which recognises and rewards significant cutting-edge advancements in independent healthcare. Since it opened the ECC has transformed the delivery of affordable emergency healthcare in both the local community and North London. The ECC offers shorter waiting times, faster diagnosis and rapid access to treatments provided by a team of specialist A&E consultants, doctors and nurses. The unit benefits from being located in the grounds of The Clementine Churchill Hospital and patients are able to quickly be referred onward for specialist treatments and services provided by the hospital.
The nomination paid particular attention to the team at the ECC who have been instrumental in shaping the service to offer a unique patient focused approach to emergency medicine. With more than 500 patients accessing treatment from the ECC each month, this has been a challenging philosophy to implement, but is shared by everyone who works within the unit, from the receptionist to the nurses, doctors and consultants.
Consultant plastic Surgeon Mr Mahendra Kulkarni at The Clementine Churchill Hospital commented, “The team who work in the ECC are paving the way in the management of patient care and their hard work and dedication is plainly displayed every day in the faces of their patients. The addition of the ECC has been a major benefit to the rest of the team at The Clementine Churchill and in particular have welcomed the valuable input and wealth of knowledge provided by the whole team. Everyone at the hospital is proud of this nomination and we hope that the ECC serves as a shining example to similar operations across the UK.”
In order to enhance the patient experience the ECC is equipped with state of the art facilities and on-site imaging, including CT scanning and MRI. The ECC provides clinical support for a full spectrum of urgent conditions including soft tissue injuries, fractures, respiratory or heart problems, gastrointestinal issues and even neurological conditions and is open every day from 8am to 10pm.
“I am extremely pleased for the team at the ECC who have been recognised in this way by the Independent Healthcare Awards,” commented Jan Hale, Executive Director of The Clementine Churchill Hospital. “While the award recognises innovation in the field of healthcare provision it is important to remember that any innovation needs to be supported by hard work and dedication. This is something, I’m proud to say, that all the team at the ECC have and on behalf of everyone at The Clementine Churchill Hospital I would like to thank them all for their hard work, dedication and patient focused approach to care.”
The ECC team will be honoured at The Independent Healthcare Awards Gala Dinner hosted by the writer, broadcaster and former Conservative MP Giles Brandreth on 20 September. Started in 2005, the awards are designed to celebrate and recognise the work, management and professional skills within the growing independent healthcare sector in the UK.