Cancer hospital extends its reach

Royal Marsden Private Care in Cavendish Square and its managing director Shams Maladwala

Private patient units (PPUs) are set for a healthy growth in the capital according to the boss of the new Royal Marsden Private Care facility in Cavendish Square, central London.

The Royal Marsden expanded its private care presence into the Harley Street area by officially opening a brand-new, research-led, diagnostic, outpatient and treatment facility last month.

Seating area in the main reception

Managing director Shams Maladwala told Independent Practitioner Today: ‘I think once we enter more of a recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, the PPU segment – which had done very well pre-pandemic, with London PPUs accounting for around two-thirds of revenues across NHS PPUs – will continue to grow at a high rate. 

‘By bringing more patients into London to be seen at Cavendish Square, we’re supporting the London healthcare community as a whole, as well as growing our share of the market.’

He believes research is a key differentiator for Royal Marsden Private Care because it means patients are able to access the latest and most innovative treatments. 

‘Our integrated model means we can deliver the best quality and best safety governance, usually only seen in the NHS. This is great for the sponsors, private medical insurers or embassies because it means they can evidence the governance and evidence-based care we provide, as well as it being an efficient model.’

Exciting project

Prof Chris Nutting, consultant clinical oncologist and clinical director, added: ‘Patients will benefit from fast and direct access to consultants, specialising in a full range of cancer services and state- of-the-art diagnostic services, same-day scans and test results.

Prof Chris Nutting, clinical director, with patient

‘Cavendish Square is an exciting new project for us all and I’m looking forward to working with colleagues alongside a new team who will be based at the centre as we all work towards the same shared goals to improve the lives of patients with cancer. 

‘Expanding the reach of access to our Royal Marsden services in a new geographic area is a big milestone, especially having a presence in such a well-respected healthcare district in London.’

The hospital, which won the LaingBuisson Best Hospital Award in 2020 and is one of the few private hospitals to have been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, is telling would-be referring doctors it offers world-class expertise and outstanding facilities with multilingual guest relations staff to meet and assist patients and visitors in reception.

The medical day unit

One-stop service 

Patients can expect to have an appointment booked following their initial inquiry, with direct access to diagnostic services. A one-stop service means next day appointments and same-day scans can be offered, assessments and test results. 

An onsite pathology department will conduct blood tests with rapid turnaround times and patients are promised fast and direct access to consultants, ‘confident that their treatment and care is based on the latest advances in oncology led by world-leading experts’.

Cavendish Square has also set up a new GP fast-track referral service giving direct booking into consultant clinics and same-day tests plus diagnostic and treatment plans.