Our new private outpatient and diagnostic facility has opened at 77 Wimpole Street in central London.
Featuring eight consulting rooms and extensive diagnostic services, the new facility at 77 Wimpole Street brings the world-renowned expertise of Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals into the Harley Street Medical Area - the first NHS specialist trust to open a private facility there.
It opened following inspection and approval from the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator for health and social care in England.
While the premises are primarily used by private patients, the PET-CT imaging service is shared with the NHS for cardiac, oncology and neurological patients.
The state-of-the-art PET-CT scanner can perform rubidium cardiac imaging, which provides a faster imaging protocol and less radiation to patients. It is one of only a few facilities of this type in the UK.
Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals has opened the facility due to increased demand from existing referrers in the area. The new centre is generating valuable income to be reinvested back into the Trust, helping to improve both NHS and private patient services.
David Shrimpton, managing director of RB&HH Specialist Care, said:
“Over 50 of our leading consultants offer clinics at Royal Brompton & Harefield hospitals' outpatients and diagnostics facility at 77 Wimpole Street. It is an exciting step for the Trust and shows that our leading care and services are continuing to drive interest from private patients and healthcare providers, both in the UK and abroad.”
Zohreh Palmer, general manager of the 77 Wimpole Street facility, said:
“The entire development has had the patient experience at its core. Patients’ safety, care and comfort are the common thread between all our services and facilities. We have tasked ourselves to evolve and respond to the changing needs of our patients and healthcare partners.”
By offering dedicated private services and facilities, the Trust is able to treat patients from overseas, as well as those with private health insurance, or those who choose to self-fund.
There are plans to collaborate with other local healthcare providers and to build upon existing relationships with local GPs, embassies and businesses in the area.
77 Wimpole Street is open six days a week, 8am to 9pm Mondays to Fridays and 8am to 4.30pm on Saturdays.
A number of leading consultants from the Trust will hold clinics at the centre and are looking forward to extending their practices to this area, including:
Professor of cardiology, Head of heart assessment
“In order to offer the very best in heart and lung diagnostics our new facility will feature both a cardiovascular MR and a PET-CT scanner. This will provide patients and clinicians with access to a one-stop diagnostic centre with globally-renowned consultants.”
Honorary consultant cardiologist
“My work allows me to help those with heart failure – improving their quality and length of life. Improved detection and early treatment make a significant difference to patients with this condition, and with the new facility I will be able to extend my practice to reach even more patients, providing them with rapid diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan.”
Consultant in respiratory medicine
“My role at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust enables me to investigate the latest procedures in interventional bronchoscopy and apply these to treat diseases such as lung cancer, asthma and emphysema. At RB&HH Specialist Care's outpatients and diagnostics facility at 77 Wimpole Street, we have the ability to perform full lung function tests and imaging for rapid diagnosis. The new facility will give respiratory patients greater choice and access to specialist consultants – which means we can help get them on the best treatment path as early as possible.”