The Wellington Hospital, part of the HCA CancerCare network, is to undergo a major expansion – in size almost a third as large again - to create a new 5 storey outpatients and cancer centre in what will become the UK’s largest such centre in the independent sector.
Work is now underway on the £22 million redevelopment programme which will create the new Platinum Medical Centre providing a range of outpatient and day case diagnostics and procedures including a new one stop oncology service. The new oncology centre will focus mainly on gastro intestinal cancers, together with liver cancer, head and neck cancers and gynaecological cancers. In addition, there will also be a new breast care service based in the medical centre.
The new Platinum Medical Centre in Lodge Road, St John’s Wood, London, will mean that HCA CancerCare patients will have access to a comprehensive diagnostic and imaging unit with the latest CT, MRI, X-ray, ultrasound and other new diagnostic technology. The five storey building will have 4 operating theatres, 50 consulting rooms and a 10 bedded chemotherapy ward.
The Wellington already has two Intensive Care Units with 25 level three ITU beds – several of which can be isolation units. The existing 10 bed ITU will be rebuilt and reconfigured so in all The Wellington will then have 50 level two and three critical care beds, more than any other independent hospital in the UK.
The hospital’s Chief Executive Keith Hague said the new building couldn’t come soon enough! “We have been planning this major expansion for some time because of the increasing demand for our services and our need to introduce new areas of medicine including oncology,” he said. “We want to improve patient facilities and bring outpatient and day care services together in one unit, supported by a dedicated state of the art diagnostics unit.”
“The new building will also enable us to introduce new cancer and breast care services. We will move all outpatient services to the new building and that will free up space for yet more expansion of our complex tertiary services,” said Mr Hague. “We have expanded our critical care facilities twice in the past three years but we cannot keep up with demand at present. This is partly due to our international reputation for complex treatments including neurosurgery, inter-cranial surgery, cardiac procedures, complex orthopaedic surgery and neuro rehabilitation,” he said.
Private hospital news : 19 January 2010