Horley hospital cares for over 21,000 NHS patients in a year

Over 21,000 NHS patients have received care at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital over the last year, since the start of the Covid pandemic.

A year ago, Spire Gatwick Park Hospital committed to support the NHS in tackling the pandemic and put its colleagues, facilities, services and equipment at the disposal of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Since then, it has provided cancer care and chemotherapy for the Chemo Suite from East Surrey Hospital and the Comet Ward from Crawley Hospital looking after over 6,000 patients.

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It also provided care and support for step down patients recovering from Covid, elective work, diagnostic imaging, and their haematology department moved to our premises.

Louise Holbert, hospital director at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. Picture courtesy of Keely Harrison

Many of the NHS patients who were seen at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital required urgent care and would otherwise have had their treatment or diagnosis delayed or cancelled. Spire Gatwick Park Hospital’s support has allowed the NHS to focus on treating COVID-positive patients.

Spire Gatwick Park Hospital is now fully open again to private patients, who are either self-paying or insured.

It will also continue to provide care for NHS patients and help reduce waiting times and the size of the overall waiting list.

Louise Holbert, hospital director at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, said: “We’re very proud to have played our part during the peaks of the pandemic, keeping key services going and treating thousands of patients with critical conditions.

“Although the pandemic is easing now, it has left the country with a lengthy waiting list and long waiting times for many patients.

"At Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, we’re pleased to offer fast access to expert care with leading specialists, in a hospital where safety comes first.”

Claire-Marie Williams, Chemotherapy Suite manager at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust added: “The unity we all felt as a team joining a team with the same ONE TEAM ethic made it feel like home still.

"My team and myself will always be grateful for all every single member of every team at Spire Gatwick did to keep our patients safe and our chemotherapy service running smoothly.

"Our patients loved coming to Gatwick Park Hospital as they felt safe and we loved being able to offer them some warm normality during such a scary time not only with their chemotherapy journey but during a pandemic too.

"There will always be a special place in all our hearts for each and every one of their kind hearts too.

"Thank you from all of us at SASH to too many of them to mention.”