New hospital prioritises private slots

Consultants in Kent have been told they can secure private treatment theatre slots during sociable hours when the £30m One Ashford hospital opens this month.

One Ashford 1The hospital, funded by Octopus Healthcare and operated by One Healthcare, says it will focus primarily on private healthcare and limit the amount of NHS work.

Over 80 consultants with practising privileges have been told the operational model will enable them to grow their practice and fill their regular lists, while avoiding delays and unsociable hours.

One Healthcare chief executive Adrian Stevensen said local consultants had struggled to get regular daytime theatre slots during the week due to high NHS volumes.

‘To address this, one of One Ashford’s theatres will be dedicated to ad hoc private work for two days each week, providing consultants with the opportunity to access theatre slots at a time that suits them and their patients, avoiding any bottlenecks elsewhere.’

The hospital said its operational model was based on US and Australasian Treatment Centre methodology and its systems were designed to maximise efficiency in the care pathway and enhance patient outcomes.

A unique online booking facility allows all patients to book a named consultant, physiotherapy session or radiology appointment online within 90 seconds, regardless of whether they are self-pay or insured.

One Ashford roof garden

An artist’s impression of the garden to be built on the roof of One Ashford Hospital

Mr Stevensen said the company was committed to delivering a new approach to private healthcare that provided excellent patient experience while supporting consultants’ commercial requirements and work-life balance goals.

One Ashford has three theatres, 20 patient rooms, ten ambulatory care pods, ten consulting rooms, three procedure rooms, digital X-ray facilities, static MRI and a full physiotherapy suite.

The hospital is the first in a series of private healthcare facilities planned by One Healthcare, established 21 months ago, with a second hospital already underway in Hertfordshire.