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Vulnerable patients kept safe thanks to collaboration between BMI Healthcare and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

| April 30, 2020

BMI The Shelburne, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe. (Image supplied by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust)

The joint efforts of BMI Healthcare and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust have helped to keep some of Buckinghamshire’s most vulnerable patients safe during the Coronavirus emergency.

In late March 2020, as the spread of the Covid-19 virus took hold, urgent protection was required for patients at the haematology ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. These patients may be receiving chemotherapy for cancer or other treatments for complex illnesses and who are at greater risk if they should contract coronavirus.

On Friday 27th March 2020 private organisation BMI Healthcare generously granted use of the Wycombe BMI Shelburne Hospital to Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust (BHT) to rehouse the haematology ward at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

With every piece of equipment carefully documented, on Wednesday 1st April 2020, BMI The Shelburne Hospital was signed over to the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust for a period of two months. The patients from Stoke Mandeville were transferred by ambulance the next morning into the BMI Shelburne and everyone settled happily into their new beautiful, luxury accommodation.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust now has the use of ten single ensuite bedrooms for inpatients and four rooms for ‘day case’ cancer treatments, where patients are admitted and discharged on the same day.

Janet Linacre, Lead Cancer Manager at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust said: ‘On Monday, 30 March [2020] we met with representatives of BMI The Shelburne, Trust Estates and contractors, PFI team, IT, nursing and managers and everyone then sprang into action.  All, without fail, worked 24/7 to ensure we were ready for the patients to be moved – it was a really remarkable joint effort.

The delightful regular portering, domestic and hostess staffs have been temporarily seconded to work for the Trust, which has been wonderful.

Also, with great generosity and goodwill, the drinks machine is now being maintained and refilled by the BMI team, through their catering team from BMI The Chiltern Hospital to enable staff and patients to stay refreshed.

Overall, this has been a fantastic example of private/NHS collaboration, and at superhuman speed.

*Source of article : Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

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