Parkside Hospital joins NHS in fight against Covid-19

Parkside Private Hospital has committed its resources to the NHS in the fight against Covid-19 and welcomed its first patients from the health service.

The hospital was made available to the NHS following discussions between government and the independent healthcare sector about how to help the NHS battle coronavirus. Aspen Healthcare, which owns eight healthcare facilities including Parkside, announced it would be uniting with the NHS to battle Covid-19 last month.

All of Parkside’s 350 staff, 69 inpatient beds and state-of-the-art equipment have been committed to the NHS to help fight the virus, and the the hospital has transferred essential equipment including seven life-saving anaesthetic machines to a local NHS Trust.

The equipment was transferred with the help of Parkside staff working in collaboration with the British Army.

With London coming under increasing pressure from Covid-19, Parkside’s resources will play an important role in the battle to care for patients with coronavirus as well as those who require other urgent operations.

In the last few weeks Parkside has received its first patients transferred from the NHS to receive care. This includes a number of patients who need time-critical surgery, for example ambulatory trauma patients who have fractures or injuries to upper and lower limbs.

Phil Bates, Hospital Director at Parkside, said: “I’m immensely proud of our team at Parkside who are going above and beyond to support the health service at this difficult and uncertain time. At Parkside we have the staff, the facilities and the resources to bolster the NHS in our local area, and no ask is too great for our incredible team. We’re absolutely determined to provide whatever support the NHS needs and will continue to help the health service for as long as it takes.”

Date: 14/04/2020