Care UK has been selected as the preferred bidder to run St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre in Portsmouth.
The decision was made after a competitive procurement process open to all public and independent sector providers. It was overseen by NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It is hoped that the contract could be finalised this autumn.
The treatment centre, run by Care UK for the last 10 years, provides a range of procedures for local NHS patients including surgery for hand and foot problems, cataracts and hernia operations. It also offers a range of diagnostic services such as x-rays, endoscopies, echocardiograms and ultrasound to help doctors find out what is wrong with their patients, and the well-used minor injuries unit, which offers an excellent option for patients requiring urgent, rather than emergency, care.
The vast majority of current procedures are expected to continue under the new arrangements with additional services being rolled out into the local community early next year.
St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre first opened in 2005. Since then it has treated over 100,000 patients a year within the different services. The centre is much loved by local patients who know that it has never had a case of MRSA or other hospital acquired infections and that waiting times are generally much shorter. In addition, more than 95 per cent of patients would be happy to recommend St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre to a friend or family member.
Hospital director Penny Daniels said: “I’d like to thank our NHS commissioners for choosing us as their preferred partner to run the centre for another five years. I have a great team working for me here in Portsmouth and together we are all proud of our track record in delivering highly regarded, much needed NHS services. The new arrangement will include the continuation of the minor injuries/minor illness unit which we know helps take the pressure off the team at the A&E department.”
Dr Tim Wilkinson, who chairs the CCG’s governing board and was involved in the procurement process, said: “The treatment centre is a valued local service which has been well run by Care UK on behalf of the NHS. It offers speedy and efficient care for patients, and is a well-known centre which enjoys a good reputation and relatively easy user access. It also plays a very important role in the urgent care services available to people on Portsea Island, although it attracts patients from throughout the Portsmouth area.”
The new partnership comes into effect in 5 January 2016 and runs for five years with the option of adding an additional two years if both parties are happy to continue beyond October 2021.
Care UK runs nine other treatments centres across England in locations as far apart as Chesterfield and Plymouth.