Uniting across healthcare has never been more important for patients. During the global COVID-19 pandemic, HCA Healthcare UK is providing care to National Health Service (NHS) patients whose care and clinical needs are considered time-critical. Read more about the unprecedented partnership below…
A global pandemic requires a global response. In addition to our 180+ hospitals in the United States, HCA Healthcare is also a leading private hospital system in the United Kingdom (U.K.).
HCA Healthcare UK – comprised of six award-winning private hospitals, three partnership hospitals with National Health Service (NHS) teaching hospitals, as well as specialist clinics, outpatient and diagnostics centers, and private general practitioner services – is spread across London and Manchester. The private hospital sector in the United Kingdom operates separately of the NHS, but are able to partner on key medical issues.
The ability to team up with other health systems is a key component of the U.K.’s response to coronavirus. In an effort to take on work that the NHS is too overwhelmed to carry out, over the next three months, HCA Healthcare UK and other private sector providers are partnering with the NHS to make our capacity and resources available to them. This is a huge shift in our business model and a major contribution to the U.K. healthcare system.
“Uniting across the healthcare sector has never been more important, and I am proud that we, and indeed the whole independent sector, are able to support the NHS by providing vital resource, equipment and expertise,” said John Reay, president and chief executive of HCA Healthcare UK.
Using resources to bring relief
HCA Healthcare’s capacity in the UK will be used to treat time-critical patients whose treatment or procedures cannot be delayed, support diagnostics of potentially urgent patient conditions and support the step-down care of patients as they recover from COVID-19. This is all to relieve pressure on the NHS to enable them to focus on the treatment of coronavirus patients.
Thanks to HCA Healthcare and other private hospitals, the NHS now has access to 8,000 more hospital beds, nearly 1,200 more ventilators, more than 10,000 nurses, over 700 doctors and over 8,000 other clinical staff.
“We are treating NHS patients in our hospitals, and we have asked HCA Healthcare UK colleagues, both clinical and non-clinical where they have the capacity, to volunteer to work at NHS Nightingale Hospital,” adds Reay. “We are deeply honored to have this opportunity to be part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic.”
NHS has expressed gratitude to the private hospitals for their assistance.
“We’re dealing with an unprecedented global health threat and are taking immediate and exceptional action to gear up,” said Sir Simon Stevens, NHS chief executive. “The NHS is doing everything in its power to expand treatment capacity, and is working with partners right across the country to do so.”
“But it is absolutely vital that this is matched by successful and comprehensive adoption of the public measures needed to cut the spread of the virus,” adds Stevens. “We all have to play our part to help offset the enormous pressure that our nurses, doctors and other specialists will otherwise face.”
Regardless of the country we operate in, regardless of the structure of the healthcare system in those nations, HCA Healthcare stands ready to help patients in need.
Nashville-based HCA Healthcare is one of the nation’s leading providers of healthcare services, comprising 185 hospitals and approximately 2,000 sites of care, including surgery centers, freestanding ERs, urgent care centers, and physician clinics, in 21 states and the United Kingdom. With its founding in 1968, HCA Healthcare created a new model for hospital care in the United States, using combined resources to strengthen hospitals, deliver patient-focused care and improve the practice of medicine. HCA Healthcare has conducted a number of clinical studies, including one that demonstrated that full-term delivery is healthier than early elective delivery of babies and another that identified a clinical protocol that can reduce bloodstream infections in ICU patients by 44 percent. HCA Healthcare is a learning health system that uses its more than 35 million annual patient encounters to advance science, improve patient care and save lives. In 2019, the organization completed the rollout of Sepsis Prediction and Optimization of Therapy (SPOT), an algorithm-driven technology that helps identify sepsis earlier, accelerating treatment and improving patient care.