15 September 2006: NHS patients will soon be able to choose to recover at home under the care of nurses from MediHome Limited, the Hospital-Care-At-Home company. MediHome, in partnership with Clinicenta, will provide this service for two new surgical treatment centres in South London.
MediHome Nurses will care for patients in their own homes following a wide range of operations instead of having to remain in hospital. These new surgical treatment centres are part of the Government's programme to widen the choice available to NHS patients. Clinicenta's two surgical units will start treating patients in April 2008.
David Highton, Managing Director of Clinicenta, said: "We are very pleased to be working with MediHome to deliver this innovative approach to patient care. NHS patients choosing to have their operations with Clinicenta will be able to enjoy a service that until now has only been available to patients who can afford private treatment."
Dr Mark Lomax, Managing Director of MediHome, said: "This is an exciting new development for patients in South London. We are bringing a model of best practice nursing care that is well established overseas to the NHS. International evidence and our own experience shows that patients prefer to be cared for in their own homes, where they recover faster and avoid the risk of hospital acquired infections."
Founded in 2002, based in Slough. MediHome provides quality, high impact, short-term nursing care following an acute hospital admission to patients in their own homes. Nurses are registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council and have a wide range of nursing experience in various specialist settings. MediHome is regulated and inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection. MediHome works with the NHS, ISTC providers and individual consultants and patients. MediHome's innovative approach was featured in a case study in the 2004 NHS Modernisation Board Report.
Clinicenta is a 50:50 joint venture between Carillion, one of the UK's leading support services and construction companies, and Lodestone Patient Care, a leading UK provider of diagnostic imaging services. Lodestone is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DCA Group Limited (Australia) and is part of the I-MED network, one of the world's largest private radiology networks.
Clinicenta has been appointed preferred bidder for the development, construction and operation of two new surgical hubs and eight assessment and diagnostic centres in South London. The principle facility under the contract is the provision of a new surgical centre at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, with other existing facilities receiving varying degrees of refurbishment. Clinicenta will deliver clinical services including ear, nose and throat, general surgery, ophthalmology, urology, trauma and orthopaedics at the new and refurbished facilities from April 2008.
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