A private hospital in Cornwall has teamed up with a number of local accommodation providers to ensure that patients visiting from outside the county have somewhere reliable to stay while recuperating.
The county is marketing itself as a health tourism destination in order to attract patients who like the idea of medical tourism but are reluctant to go overseas for their private treatment.
Now, Duchy Hospital in Truro is drawing up a list of local hotels, guesthouses and self-catering accommodation providers which are suitable for post-operative patients.
Chris Sealey, general manager of the private hospital, explained: "This partnership will make it far easier for people to recover in Cornwall's fantastic environment.
"Our out-of-county patients will be able to plan their recuperation in advance, while patients elsewhere in the UK will be able to choose accommodation providers who welcome convalescing patients and are prepared for their needs."
Duchy Hospital offers a wide range of procedures for people from outside Cornwall, including cosmetic surgery, joint replacements and eye surgery.
The hospital is operated by Ramsay Health Care, which has 24 private hospitals, ten treatment centre and three neurological services units in the UK.
Private hospital news : 8 December 2009