New mega-trust creates opportunities

Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals has merged with Guy’s and St Thomas’ to become one of the largest and strongest healthcare organisations in Europe. 

Both trusts feature in the top ten NHS trusts for private patient income, with combined revenues of £67m in 2019-20. 

The merger is already paying dividends, as the Brompton’s private diagnostics and outpatients centre at 77 Wimpole Street has been opened up to Guy’s and St Thomas’ consultants. 

Wimpole Street offers consulting rooms and imaging including MRI, CT, PET-CT, non-invasive cardiology and more.

Talking about the merger, Kim Foord-Paton, head of private patients, said: ‘We’re excited to work with colleagues from Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals (RB&HH) and build on our collective excellence in patient care. 

‘With RB&HH now part of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ family, there’s a great opportunity to share our facilities and resources, starting with utilising RB&HH’s Wimpole Street outpatient and diagnostic facility, which offers state-of-the-art equipment and a modern, welcoming environment for consultants and private patients.’ 

David Shrimpton, managing director of RB&HH Specialist Care added: ‘We are all very excited to be part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and have no doubt it will bring many opportunities to deliver even better heart and lung care to our private patients by accessing our new integrated healthcare services.’

Philip Housden is a director of Housden Group. See his feature article on PPUs in the South-west region on page 47