HCA International, which owns the six leading private hospitals in London, has joined forces with the Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust to open the first comprehensive private patient cancer treatment centre of its kind in Essex.
The Trust and HCA have opened the full service private cancer centre at Queen’s Hospital in Romford. The centre, which is known as Harley Street at Queens, has 16 in-patient beds and seven day case chemotherapy beds which are supported by dedicated critical care facilities.
Radiotherapy is delivered by one of the latest linear accelerators and the centre will provide private cancer services for patients living in Essex and North-East London.
The Trust Chief Executive John Goulston said the agreement with HCA would benefit the Trust and the community in many ways. “We already deliver outstanding cancer services to our NHS patients and the extra income generated for the Trust by these private cancer services will be reinvested to help provide a range of services for the benefit of our local patients,” he said.
HCA’s Chief Executive Officer for NHS Ventures, Sarah Fisher, said the scheme was highly innovative and will deliver world class cancer care for its patients. “The new unit will enable private patients to have fast diagnosis and treatment much closer to where they live and avoid an arduous journey to hospitals in Central London,” she said. “We are also exploring ways of strengthening our relationship with the Trust in order to bring further benefits to both NHS and private patients.”