A unique London institution is bucking the trend in private health care by reporting impressive growth in clinical activity.
The award-winning King Edward VII Hospital, in London’s West End, has scanned and X-rayed more than 1,300 extra patients in the year to March, an increase of 19% on 2009/10. The growth in physiotherapy is even greater with more than 5,000 extra slots delivered, an increase of 23%. During the same period endoscopy procedures in the hospital’s state of the art unit have risen by 54%.
The impressive increases come on top of steady growth in inpatient and day cases which have seen a 2.6% rise year-on-year. The upsurge in cases at the Marylebone hospital follows a £3m investment over three years in new scanning equipment and state-of-the-art facilities including one of capital’s few hydrotherapy pools.
The Hospital’s Chief Executive, John Lofthouse said: “I’m delighted to see the growth in patient numbers over the last year which follows our decision to concentrate on our existing patient base. We are just now coming out of a very tough economic period, which has affected many parts of the private healthcare sector.
“The fact that under these circumstances patient numbers have grown, is a real sign of the excellence of care for which the hospital is renowned. This success really is a testament to the dedication of all of our staff, and I look forward to us continuing this pattern of growth in 2011.”
The hospital - which boasts hand-picked consultants, superb facilities and five-star food - is approved by most health insurers.