The Horder Centre in Crowborough will be providing additional capacity to help in the coronavirus battle, following a deal between NHS England and the country’s independent hospitals.
Horder Healthcare is a charity, and runs The Horder Centre on St John’s Road and The McIndoe Centre in East Grinstead.
All non-essential surgeries and outpatient services across all their sites, including the two hospitals and outreach physiotherapy clinics in Eastbourne and Seaford, have been cancelled. This includes outpatient clinics, pre-assessment and musculoskeletal services.
Richard Tyler, Chief Executive Officer at Horder Healthcare, says:
In these exceptional circumstances, it is vital that we all pull together as a healthcare system to provide the best care possible.
Unfortunately, in line with all providers, we have had to cancel elective surgeries for the foreseeable future. We would like to apologise to those patients who are affected and we are in the process of informing them. We understand this will be a major disappointment for some, but hope they will understand given the scale of the national emergency.
The Horder Centre is a specialist orthopaedic hospital and is one of the latest single sites in the country providing hip and knee replacements. About 80% of Horder Healthcare’s work in Crowborough is for the NHS.
This is part a major deal that has been struck between the NHS England and the nation’s independent hospitals to expand hospital capacity to help battle coronavirus. The independent sector will not be making a profit but will be reimbursed, at cost.
This deal includes the provision of 8,000 hospital beds across England, nearly 1,200 more ventilators, more than 10,000 nurses, over 700 doctors and over 8,000 other clinical staff.
The details of Horder Healthcare’s role is yet to be finalised, but they are working with local NHS providers and there will be more details shortly.