Independent hospitals in Leeds have been taking some of the pressure off the NHS during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing additional capacity to treat patients.
The Spire and Nuffield Health hospitals in Leeds have been supporting Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust by treating a range of patients in specialties such as stroke rehabilitation, neurosurgery, cardiology, vascular, ophthalmology and general surgery.
The partnership between LTHT and the two hospitals was made possible under a national agreement, which the independent sector signed to make its staff, equipment and facilities available to the NHS to help alleviate the pressure caused by the pandemic.
Initially the Spire and Nuffield Health hospitals were treating in the region of 200 in-patients and out-patients per week and the aim during June has also been to treat 200 surgical patients with that target likely to be exceeded.
They have been taking medical patients from Leeds’s main hospitals, helping to free up beds for Covid-19 patients. The Trust is now sending surgical patients to the Nuffield Health and Spire hospitals to help increase capacity further and start to work on the backlog of patient cases built up during Covid-19.
Helen Atkinson, Hospital Director at Spire Leeds, said: “The main focus in recent weeks has quite rightly been to tackle the pandemic, but it’s vital that we don’t forget about those patients in Leeds and West Yorkshire who need treatment for cancer and other urgent conditions. We’re really pleased to have been able to play our part and provide a safe environment for those patients to receive the care they need.
“I am very proud to be supporting the NHS during this unprecedented global health emergency and pay tribute to the dedication of Spire and NHS colleagues who have come together to provide high quality care in such challenging circumstances.