Leading orthopaedic hospital The Horder Centre has become the first independent healthcare provider in the South East to be awarded a new contract to treat NHS patients.
The hospital, a centre of excellence for the treatment of arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, has been awarded Any Qualified Provider status.
The contract is the first of its kind to be signed with the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and allows The Horder Centre to treat patients referred for treatment by their GP under the NHS.
Currently, NHS patients who choose to visit The Horder Centre for treatment account for more than 90% of procedures carried out at the hospital in Crowborough, East Sussex.
Any Qualified Provider status is a Government scheme designed to open up the healthcare system to independent providers who meet stringent conditions on outcomes and quality of care. The Horder Centre, a registered charity, has been an NHS provider for several years.
Diane Thomas, Chief Executive of The Horder Centre, said: “We are thrilled to become the first independent healthcare provider in the South East Coast SHA region to be awarded this important status.
“The status highlights our commitment to providing the highest possible standard of care and to give everyone access to world-class, state of the art treatment.
“We can now continue to offer our services to everyone, from anywhere in the UK, who chooses to visit us under the NHS and continue to give independence back to those who suffer the often debilitating effects of arthritis.”
New figures show The Horder Centre has a zero rate of infection for MRSA and C Diff, and that 97% of hip replacement patients, and 92% of knee replacement patients, show improvement after treatment, demonstrating above average results and placing The Horder Centre as one of the top providers in the country.
The Centre has embarked on a multi-million pound redevelopment programme to enhance its facilities even further by adding a new physiotherapy gym, more patient en suite rooms and a new reception and outpatients area.