NHS patients from Royal Stoke University Hospital are going to be treated at a private hospital in North Staffordshire due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
From this week people requiring urgent surgery will be treated at the Nuffield Health North Staffordshire Hospital in Clayton – while people on Ward 201 at Royal Stoke’s Cancer Centre have also been located to the site.
Beryl Woodall, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, said: “We want to ensure we continue to give the best care to patients in the most appropriate setting and our clinical teams at UHNM have been working with staff from the Nuffield to prioritise patients who are eligible for treatment there.
“We would like to thank all of the teams involved for their support with this joint venture, which really demonstrates the value of collaborative working in these challenging times.”
Royal Stoke said the Cancer Centre Emergency Assessment Unit has also been relocated to the Nuffield and Day Case Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy will continue at the Cancer Centre at Royal Stoke.
The patients will be cared for by UHNM nursing, medical, pharmacy and support staff.
Using independent facilities for NHS services is part of the government’s coronavirus strategy.
Speaking last month Steve Gray, chief executive at Nuffield Health, said: “This is an unprecedented time, as the UK’s largest healthcare charity we have a huge role to play in supporting the NHS patients in our local communities across the nation.
“We, alongside other independent hospital providers, have been in discussions with the NHS about how we can support the NHS. This is likely to be for a minimum of three months while the coronavirus situation continues to require our support.”
A total of 71 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19 at the University Hospital of North Midlands.
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