Following the suspension of all planned elective appointments and procedures across the NHS and private sector in order to focus on the coronavirus pandemic, an agreement was reached between NHS England and the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN).
This unique partnership has allowed us to provide additional capacity to care for patients who would normally be treated in local NHS hospitals, and on 7 April, we welcomed patients from Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust to Bensan Ward.
In addition, we have redeployed our team of experienced theatre staff to work at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, part of the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT).
We anticipate the arrangement with William Harvey Hospital will continue for some time, to ensure patients continue to receive the best possible care.
Hospital Director and Chief Nurse, Jane Abbott said: “I’m immensely proud of all of our staff and key workers supporting the NHS at this difficult time.”