Over 800 Chertsey NHS patients get private hospital treatment during pandemic

BMI The Runnymede Hospital, Chertsey, has overhauled its operations handing all theatre capacity over to the NHS to ensure crucial operations can continue during the pandemic. Working in partnership with Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH), large teams of local NHS staff moved over to the private hospital to deliver urgent cancer and trauma surgery, through the unique partnership.

Crucially, over 1,000 NHS patients have received treatment while additional capacity has been freed up for local NHS hospitals to treat patients diagnosed with COVID-19.

All patient beds, theatres and staff are being used to deliver the service, and staff previously working in administrative and office-based jobs have volunteered to take on cleaning, catering and pharmacy assistant roles to help meet demand.

In addition, the paediatric ward at ASPH was relocated to the Runnymede, much to the delight of the team who enjoyed caring for the children and supporting their parents. The wards are also working to near total capacity with post-operative care patients being transferred from ASPH. 

Large teams of local NHS staff integrated to deliver urgent treatment for vulnerable patients. Clinical practice at the hospital has changed dramatically in recent weeks, with advance testing procedures, staff and patient screening upon arrival, and enhanced cleaning and infection control processes all enabling essential NHS care to continue as normal. 

Consultants at the hospital are also offering remote consultations using Microsoft Teams, so patients can have a video call with a doctor from home where possible. This means more patients can still be assessed by a specialist and referred for onward treatment or a scan if needed.

Adelle Johnstone, Executive Director at BMI The Runnymede Hospital, said: “I’m really proud of how we have been able to support our NHS colleagues throughout the pandemic. There has been a fantastic team spirit from everyone involved, and we’re so grateful for the amazing support that’s been offered by our NHS colleagues to get these new services setup. This has meant we’ve been able to start treating patients quickly and safely, to ensure our local community continues to get the support they need.”


BMI The Runnymede Hospital is part of Circle Health Group, one of the largest independent healthcare providers in the UK running hospitals, rehabilitation and health services. It provides a range of inpatient, outpatient and day-case specialties, including orthopaedic, spinal, general medicine, urology, ear nose and throat, and neurology, for routine and complex cases.

Led by Executive Director Adelle Johnstone, the hospital employs approximately 150 healthcare professionals who provide services for NHS patients, for insured patients and for patients who choose to pay for their own care.

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Founded in 2004, Circle operates independent hospitals, integrated care programmes and rehabilitation services, and has an overseas division which operates two purpose-built clinics in Shanghai, China. BMI Healthcare was established in 1970 and is one of the largest independent providers of private healthcare, with over 50 hospitals. More than 6,500 consultants practise at BMI hospitals, which treat around 2 million patients per year.

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Date: 1st July 2020