International Private Medical Insurance Magazine: Travel Insurance News, Private Medical Insurance, Health Insurance News LONDON 12 December 2011.
On Wednesday 23 November 2011, HRH Princess Alexandra visited The London Clinic – the UK’s largest, independently owned, non-profit hospital – and opened its new eye centre. The pioneering new eye centre, based at 119 Harley Street, has undergone a £4.6 million development and now boasts nine consulting suites and a further eight procedure and treatment rooms. The cutting edge facilities provide a bespoke and specialist extension to the huge range of treatments and services already available within The London Clinic’s main hospital.
Currently, there are over 250 patient beds and 12 operating theatres including dedicated endoscopy suites and a day surgery unit, as well as a 24-hour consultant-led Intensive Care Unit with 11 beds. However, the eye centre is an innovative ‘one stop shop’ for outpatients seeking the very best in eye health treatment and care, providing access to some of the world’s leading treatment specialities, including corneal tomography, autofluorescence (to determine health of retinal tissue) minor operations (e.g. excision of cysts from eyelids) and SLT (Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty) for glaucoma. Her Royal Highness was greeted by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Wing Commander Michael Dudgeon and The London Clinic’s Chairman, Mr Michael Abrahams CBE DL. During the visit, which lasted just under an hour, the Princess was shown around the new centre by the Clinic’s new Chief Executive, Mr Paul Holdom, and some of the leading consultants and staff.
The hospital was first opened in February 1932 by The Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother). In March 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, officially opened the Clinic’s £90 million cancer centre. Then, later that year, The Princess Royal launched a new fundraising partnership between The London Clinic and the Intensive Care Foundation1.
Mr Paul Holdom, Chief Executive of The London Clinic said: “It was wonderful that Princess Alexandra was able to visit our new facilities and officially open our eye centre. The centre promises to provide a vital service for those patients wanting direct access to our leading consultants, as well as to our highly advanced facilities. “It was a proud and special moment for all those who have been involved in the planning and development of this new centre and we hope that Her Royal Highness found the visit, and the opportunity to meet some of our consultants and staff leading experts in eye health, an interesting and enjoyable experience.”
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The London Clinic is the UK’s largest independently-owned non-profit hospital.
- Over 250 patient beds and 12 operating theatres including dedicated endoscopy suites and a day surgery unit
- 24 hour consultant-led Intensive Care Unit with 11 beds - As a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation, The London Clinic is able to continuously reinvest in the latest medical technology, facilities and clinical and nursing support
- Highly complex procedures in addition to routine surgery and medicine such as organ transplants, radiosurgery, radiotherapy, robotic surgery and neurosurgery - Long-standing international reputation attracting leading consultants for nearly 80 years.
1 The Intensive Care Society is the oldest critical care society in the world and represents all professionals working to deliver a top quality critical care service. Membership currently stands at over 2,500 members, whose aim is to improve patient care primarily through education and research.
The Intensive Care Foundation is the research arm of the Intensive Care Society and was founded in 2003. To date, The Foundation has contributed £500,000 to pilot cutting-edge clinical trials. The success of these trials has led to a further £5,000,000 from mainstream sources of funding into healthcare research The Foundation is running the world’s largest registry of patients’ functional status and quality of life after critical illness treated on intensive care units (the ICON Study)
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