29 March 2021
Over 10,000 NHS patients have now been cared for at Spire Cardiff Hospital thanks to its landmark partnership with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This partnership has allowed the Health Board’s main sites such as the University Hospital of Wales and University Hospital Llandough to focus on caring for people with COVID-19.
Spire Cardiff Hospital has been providing advice, diagnoses and treatment for NHS patients with critical conditions, since the start of the first wave in March 2020. This has included cancer treatment, sight-saving ophthalmology procedures and support in the following fields:
Many of the NHS patients seen by Spire Cardiff would otherwise have had their care delayed or cancelled.
The partnership between Spire Healthcare and the UHB has been made possible under a national agreement, which Spire, alongside the whole of the independent sector, has signed to make its staff, equipment and facilities available to NHS Wales at cost only to help alleviate the pressure caused by the pandemic.
Fiona Conway, Hospital Director, at Spire Cardiff Hospital said, “With the increased pressure that COVID-19 has inflicted on the NHS throughout 2020, and now in 2021, Spire Cardiff Hospital has been focused on trying to support as many NHS patients for urgent and time-critical conditions as much as possible.
“We are very proud, through this partnership with Cardiff and Vale UHB, to have been able to look after over 10,000 NHS patients, and help reduce the pressure for healthcare workers caring for coronavirus patients. As a hospital, we have developed a great relationship with the Health Board and this milestone demonstrates our combined commitment to helping people across Cardiff and the Vale.”
Len Richards, CEO at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said, “Our partnership with Spire Cardiff Hospital has been a huge enabler in allowing us to enhance our capacity to carry out time-sensitive surgeries throughout the pandemic. The pressure on our health services has been significant and our relationship with Spire has been instrumental in our COVID-19 journey this far. I would like to extend my thanks to Spire Cardiff Hospital and our Health Board staff that have been involved in facilitating this excellent partnership.”
NHS patient Ms Tinette Calliste said, “I was a patient at the University Hospital of Wales and I visited Spire Cardiff Hospital for surgery. I’ve struggled in pain with endometriosis for a long period of time and the surgery performed by Mr Penketh, Consultant Gynaecologist, at Spire Cardiff has stopped my discomfort and I’m now endometriosis free.
“I was very well attended to at the hospital, in a beautiful room with all COVID controls in place, with everything I needed for my recovery. I would just like to say thank you to Mr Penketh and Spire Cardiff Hospital for helping me.”