From 3 August 2020, University Hospitals Plymouth will be working with Nuffield Plymouth Hospital to recommence elective orthopaedic surgery.
Patients will be clinically assessed for suitability against a set of criteria that is designed to ensure patient safety. Patients with more complex clinical needs will still need to receive their operation at Derriford. This is because the operating team may need access to other resources at Derriford, such as enhanced recovery, which are not available at the Nuffield.
At the start of the pandemic it was agreed that Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital (NHPH) would support University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) by locating the Trust’s Oncology Unit and Minor Injuries Unit at their hospital. Like all other independent healthcare providers in the UK, their private healthcare activity ceased. In an unprecedented move, the private hospital along with all their staff became part of the NHS in a successful collaboration.
The partnership between UHP and NHPH 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
Natasha Stokes, Trauma, Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Service Line Cluster Manager said: “We are excited to have the opportunity to work with the Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital team to recommence elective orthopaedic operating.
Setting this service up in such a short space of time, and making sure we are compliant with post Covid-19 new norms to keep our patients and our staff safe has certainly given us all a lot to think about, but working together, we have overcome the challenges we were faced with at the beginning and look forward to receiving our first patients on 3 August 2020.
We are grateful to the Nuffield Health team for their positive and proactive approach to supporting the NHS.”
Patricia Warwick, Hospital Director at Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital, said: “We are pleased to continue to offer our support to our local NHS trust at this challenging time.”
“Supporting the NHS during this unprecedented global health emergency is still the right thing to do and I pay tribute to the dedication of all my colleagues who have come together to provide high quality care in such challenging circumstances.”
The Trust’s arrangements with Nuffield Health Plymouth Hospital is expected to continue for several months.