Bids are invited over Leeds fatal op health centre

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: ISTC, News stories, Press/News Releases | Tags: |

Yorkshire Evening Post | By Katie Baldwin | 18 August 2009

PRIVATE firms and NHS bodies have been invited to bid to run a medical centre which treats thousands of Leeds patients.

The contract to run Eccleshill NHS Treatment Centre, right, where an operation on a Leeds lecturer went fatally wrong in 2007, ends next February.

The facility, near Bradford, is operated by private firm Nations Healthcare and health bosses have now started work to re-award the contract. It could potentially go to the same company, another firm or an NHS provider.

Eccleshill was one of the first independent treatment centres to open under a Government scheme.

Designed to cut waiting lists for routine procedures and diagnostic tests, the centres provide free treatment under the NHS but can be run by private companies.

Eccleshill opened in 2005 and carries out thousands of day case operations on patients from Leeds and Bradford.

A spokeswoman for NHS Bradford and Airedale, which is running the process, said: “The tender process began this month and we intend to appoint a provider in early 2010. The ongoing provision of patient care is paramount and we are currently finalising arrangements to ensure service continuity so that there is no disruption to patients.”

Its contract is the first in the country to come up for renewal and under changes recently announced by the Government, will be on the same terms as other NHS services. The contracts for all Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs) are due to be reviewed and in future, will be paid under the same arrangements as elsewhere in the NHS.

In 2006 the Eccleshill centre ran into controversy when the YEP revealed it had been paid for operations it had not carried out, after which managers promised to fulfil the contract. 

It was further embroiled in controversy following the death of Dr John Hubley in 2007, who died after suffering “torrential bleeding” during keyhole gallbladder surgery.

At an inquest last November, West Yorkshire deputy coroner Paul Marks decided the 58-year-old’s death was caused by “misadventure aggravated by neglect”.

A spokesman for Circle, which took over Nations Healthcare in July 2007, confirmed the firm was bidding to continue to run Eccleshill.

He said: “We are absolutely committed to the health of the local community and are pouring everything we have into the renewal tender process.”

Nations Healthcare 

Nations Healthcare is part of Europe’s largest healthcare partnership, Circle. We specialise in providing high quality day case procedures, medical treatment, and outpatient consultations to patients in the UK.

Nations Healthcare delivers high quality patient care at our Treatment Centres – based on three fundamental principles:

  • Providing you with a healthcare experience that is comfortable and respectful of your needs and views on how you want to be treated.
  • Giving you fast access to your outpatient appointment, diagnostic test or surgical procedure in a modern, purpose-built facility.
  • Using highly qualified and trained teams of clinical and support staff to ensure that you receive high quality care.

Working with the NHS

Nations Healthcare Treatment Centres are part of the government initiative to provide modern state-of-the-art facilities equipped with the latest technology. We deliver our services on behalf of the NHS, for NHS patients, in several locations.

Click one of our Treatment Centres to learn more about the care you can expect at each of our Treatment Centres.

About us

Nations Healthcare is an independent company dedicated to creating the best ambulatory care and inpatient centres, and developing clinical practice and a clinical environment where an increasing range of procedures can be treated safely and effectively through day treatment. The Nations Healthcare model is developed in line with international best practice standards providing an innovative and proven effective approach to its service delivery.

The company has its origins in a consortium of international world-class, leading edge organisations. Nations Healthcare brings their experience, state of the art capability and innovation together to offer the best treatment to our patients in 21st century facilities.

In the competitive UK market, Nations Healthcare has been successful in winning prestigious contracts in Bradford, Burton-on-Trent and Nottingham, becoming one of the foremost companies in its field. The development at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham is the largest Independent Sector Treatment Centre (ISTC) scheme in the country.

In all ISTC schemes, Nations Healthcare works in close partnership with local health communities to ensure the development of integrated approaches putting the patient at the centre and providing seamless services. The company contributes to clinical networks, supports the training and education of future healthcare professionals and works within the framework of the UK Government policy and major projects such as the National Programme for IT.

Nations Healthcare provides services commissioned by NHS Primary Care Trusts and offers a choice of private provision to patients. The company commitment to high quality ensures that everyone is treated in the same way no matter how care is funded.

Our Treatment Centres

Nations Healthcare runs three Treatment Centres. Click on the links below for more information.

  • Eccleshill NHS Treatment Centre
  • Midlands NHS Treatment Centre
  • Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre
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