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Issue Number:
22

Published:
December 2015

This issue celebrates 25 years of The Wellington Knee Unit. Not ones for looking back, the unit take a look at the future of knee surgery
across the whole speciality, with some interesting insights.

As we embark on the next phase of our expansion programme, the future of the hospital is looking bright too. We’re very pleased to announce that The Wellington will be opening two new outpatient centres: in Chiswick and Elstree, in early 2017.
We will keep you updated as the project moves forward, so do keep checking our website, our blog, or ask your GP liaison officer for an update.

We’ve also been busy expanding our services for patients - as you’ll hear about in our ‘60 seconds with…’ interview with Patient Experience Manager, Gerry Sloan. Gerry talks about how this new role is getting the ‘thumbs up’ from our patients, and how we are listening and learning from them to improve every patient’s experienchere at the hospitalThis issue celebrates 25 years of The Wellington Knee Unit. Not ones for looking back, the unit take a look at the future of knee surgery across the whole speciality, with some interesting insights.

In this issue:

With the wonders of the Rugby World Cup not far from our memories, our Foot and Ankle Unit take a look at the injuries that can be sustained in the big game; Dr Stuart Bloom discusses the latest developments in bowel cancer screening; Mr Angus McIndoe talks about robotic surgery for gynaecological conditions; while Mr Sudhanshu Chitale discusses the management of peyronie’s disease. We also introduce you to the London Craniofacial Unit; discover a quicker cure for cataracts and reflect on why RSI can be a dangerous term.

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Issue Number:
21

Published:
August 2015

Since the last issue we have been working hard on plans to expand our highly sought-after services – enabling us to provide care to more people.

These plans include extending our current facilities in our central London and Golders Green locations, in addition to ongoing refurbishments already taking place across our North and South Buildings. This expansion will allow us to reconfigure and increase our
award-winning intensive care facilities to provide 36 beds, while also expanding our theatre capacity too.

In this issue:

On the theme of developments, we hear from Mr Simon Moyes about the rapid progress of stem cell technology and what the near future holds for this evolving treatment option; likewise Professor Ellis Downes has news of three pioneering advances happening now in the gynaecology and obstetrics field.

Our Breast Care Unit reflects on the services available here at The Wellington, in the lead up to the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign taking place next month; while Dr Charles Murray reports on the developments which have opened up the possibility for better management of patients with inflammatory bowel disease. 

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Issue Number:
20

Published:
June 2015

The spring/summer issue is always a good time to reflect on what we have to look forward to in the coming months.

2015 has seen us re-launch our educational events programme, we have received great feedback from our first event of the year, which looked at the development of our cardiac services and advancing treatments. With a full schedule for the remainder of the year, you can find out more about these at www.twhevents.co.uk

IN THIS ISSUE:

We are pleased to introduce access to a new service available at the Platinum Medical Centre, which offers comprehensive genetic testing. GeneHealthUK has began its clinics here in February, and you can read more about what they do here.

There is also a focus on the surgical advances in urology, colorectal and hepatobiliary surgery, as well as developments in endocrinology and cardiology.

Finally an update from our Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit, who won their category at this year’s IMTJ awards.

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Issue Number:
19

Published:
March 2015

Last year, Neil Buckley made the move from CEO of The Harley Street Clinic to The Wellington Hospital, and began working with various departments on developing the already highly established services. The hospital’s ruby year brought with it new units, growth to services and the acquisition of advanced technology.

The Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit also celebrated its 15th birthday and proudly received CARF re-accreditation for a further three years. The CARF award recognises the outstanding achievements of staff, services and the international team, all highlighted in a glowing report.

Our main event programme started in February and began with our cardiology GP seminar. We have an advanced cardiology department, supported by state-of-the-art technology and well regarded consultants and this edition we discuss the recent addition of a cardiology group, made up of four specialists, available to both our referred UK and overseas patients.

This winter issue also features articles about the fascinating side of meniscal augmentation of the knee by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Rahul Patel, an insight into tailored treatment of vocal cord palsy and an overview of our dizziness and balance service, which has grown from strength to strength. We constantly strive to find ways in which we can improve services for our patients.

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Issue Number:
18

Published:
November 2014

In this, our autumn issue, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Mr Roberto Casula discusses the developments in minimal invasive mitral valve repair, including the use of pioneering robotic surgery as a course of treatment.

Developments in knee options are a common theme in this autumn issue with Mr Manoj Sood highlighting the advancements in joint preservation, and an interview with Mr Chinmay Gupte as he discusses both nonsurgical and invasive options for patella instability.

As part of a comprehensive programme of campaigns, we ensure that our healthcare are frequently updated with news of developments to our services and the acquisition of pioneering technology. Pages 16-18 include news from The Wellington along with an update from our GP Liaison team, with the events and talks scheduled for the New Year.

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Issue Number:
17

Published:
September 2014

This edition of Practice Matters highlights just some of the developments that have taken place, ensuring that The Wellington remains at the forefront of private healthcare in the UK.

In this issue, The Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit announce their recent CARF re-accreditation which highlights the hard work of this invaluable service and is evident in the feedback on various areas of service in the CARF report.

With cardiology being a hot topic in the media, we have been promoting our well-established and comprehensive cardiac services and information online and in the cardiac packs circulated by our GP Liaison Team. In conjunction with this, Consultant Cardiologists, Dr Fakhar Khan and Dr Syed Ahsan discuss SVT, explaining the symptoms and pioneering treatments available to our patients.

Finally with breast awareness month fast approaching, this issue also includes an in-depth analysis of breast cancer, providing further information on the diagnostic and treatment options available.

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Issue Number:
16

Published:
June 2014

It is hard to believe that we are almost half way through 2014, with summer approaching and many changes already having
taken place at The Wellington this year. 

Neil Buckley took over the role of CEO at The Wellington Hospital from Mr Keith Hague on April 1. Neil was previously the CEO of The Harley
Street Clinic, where he worked for the last fifteen years first as Oncology Pharmacy Manager before becoming Chief Operating
Officer. Prior to this, he worked within the NHS as an Oncology Pharmacist at The Brook Hospital and across SE Thames.

In this issue, Mr Krishna Moorthy discusses developments in bariatric surgery and just how robotic weight loss surgery has improved patient outcomes. Respiratory is a common theme in this edition as Mr Kalpesh Patel looks at treatment options for common sinus and nasal disease, followed by an article from Robin McNelis on breathing training and how this can change a patient’s life.

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Issue Number:
15

Published:
February 2014

This year marks some landmark celebrations here at The Wellington Hospital; notably 2014 will be our 40th anniversary since we first opened our doors. It is hard to believe that the hospital has grown vastly, not only in capacity, but in staff numbers and technology too. However, one thing remains the same: the drive to provide the best in private healthcare.

In this, our winter issue, Mr Jonathan Wilson, Mr Lee Dvorkin and Dr Ana Wilson discuss the advanced treatment of bowel scope screening, including the challenges of implemeting such impressive technology. We are proud of the state-of-the-art systems and services we offer here at The Wellington, as highlighted by Specialist Hand Therapist, Melita Ryan discussing the advanced technology being used in the London Hand and Wrist Unit, including ‘on the move’ applications available at the end of your fingertips!

Also in this issue, Professor Martyn Caplin discusses developments in the diagnosis and treatment of Neuroendocrine Tumours and how The Wellington Hospital will be growing to accommodate the call for more specialist facilities in this area. For those interested in this innovative treatment, there will be more featured in coming issues.

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Issue Number:
14

Published:
December 2013

As we enter autumn, and with the winter months ahead, we have been reflecting on how the year has developed.

As well as welcoming many new doctors and staff members, joining the hospital in delivering a high level of service to all our patients, we have also seen the acquisition of a wide range of advanced technology, equipment and programmes; including the O-arm imaging system. As a hospital, we aim to share best practice and important information to assist GPs and patients.
This issue Mr William Bartlett answers frequently asked questions on hip replacements, offering in-depth information on all hip options.

In this issue, Consultant Cardiologist Dr Romeo Vecht, who returned to consult at the Platinum Medical Centre in June this year, describes his six years of teaching and lecturing at the Carmel Medical Centre, Haifa. Learning is a key factor in developing our knowledge and understanding, and we have held many successful events this year, including our Foot and Ankle seminar at Lords.

Also in this issue, Dr Nisith Sheth explores Mohs surgery and how it is shaping the future of treatment for skin cancer. Our regular Q&A feature introduces you to Mrs Vadney Fontaine-Waldron, Enquiry Helpline Supervisor, who explains the inner workings of our Enquiry Helpline service and all the work they do to support your calls and emails for appointments and bookings.

As 2013 draws to a close, we reflect on this year’s achievements and look forward to all the developments we have planned for 2014. More on this in our winter edition due out in the New Year.

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Issue Number:
13

Published:
September 2013

The summer has finally arrived and it is hard to believe that we are over half way through 2013. So far, this year has been full of celebrations, with the second birthday party of the Platinum Medical Centre in May and the first birthday party of the newly refurbished Endoscopy Centre in June. It is great to see just how much we have grown as a hospital and I look forward to our further developments throughout the remainder of 2013.

In the last issue we discussed the role of the rehabilitation advisor, giving us an insight into the Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit. We are constantly looking for ways in which to improve our knowledge and services and I am delighted that we are supporting the UKABIF 5th Annual Brain Injury Conference by co-sponsoring the event. You can read more about the great speakers and discussions we have planned.

In this issue, Dr James Rakshi presents an informative guide to recognising neurological conditions and advice on when patients should be referred to a neurologist. Arthritis is a common topic in this summer issue, with features from Mr Omar Haddo on types and treatments for shoulder arthritis, and an update on surgical options for arthritic knee conditions from Mr Jonathon Lavelle.

Also in this issue, Mr Angus McIndoe provides an update on the treatments and advances in early detection of ovarian cancer and cysts. We take a look at developments in the management of melanoma, during this time of year when sun protection is vital, and on page 8 our specialist consultants introduce The Foot and Ankle Unit with an interesting case study on a patient who suffered an ankle injury whilst skiing.

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Issue Number:
12

Published:
May 2013

Spring has come late this year but that only helps us to celebrate the second anniversary of our Platinum Medical Centre which is coming up mid May. The first two years of service have flown by with the centre growing in capacity and helping to support the local community.

I am pleased to announce that Dr Romeo Vecht has returned from Israel where he worked as Senior Consultant Cardiologist of the Lady Davis Cardiovascular Department at the Carmel Medical Center in Haifa. He will be commencing consulting sessions in the Platinum Medical Centre from June onwards and will provide us with a full update in the next edition.

In the last issue we introduced our new Inpatient Oncology Unit which is providing a much needed service for patients. This complements our daycase chemotherapy unit located at the Platinum Medical Centre.

Also in this issue: Barbara Jemec takes a look at a common hand injury that can present in patients after spending a holiday on the slopes. We take a look at how bariatric surgery treatments have evolved over the last ten years, and on page 10 & 11 two consultant specialists look at conditions that can be detected due to recent advances in scanning technologies. We also talk to Practice Manager, Virginia Wood, who offers a valuable insight into CPR training for GP Practices.

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Issue Number:
11

Published:
January 2013

Once again another year has come round so quickly, January is a time to reflect on the year gone by, but above all it’s a time to be thankful. Firstly, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in The Wellington £1 Million Appeal, raising money for two incredible charities – the British Red Cross and JDRF - and to all those who kindly donated and supported these charities last year. With your help we have raised an astounding £840,000 so far. If the season’s cheer has inspired you, donations can be made at www.thewellingtonappeal.org

I am pleased to say more plans for expansion are already in place for the hospital in 2013; but more on that in the next issue. Last issue we reintroduced you to the Endoscopy Centre, after it had undergone a redevelopment to reaffirm it as a state-of-the-art unit. I am happy to report that since its opening we have received an overall 99.1% patient satisfaction rate; with patients stating they would recommend us to family and friends.

In this issue: Lung Function Lab Manager, Damian Muncaster, anticipating the pre-marathon training your patients may be commencing, looks at breath and exercise. We showcase our Inpatient Oncology Unit which opened in September, and which brings us another step closer in providing some of the best oncology facilities in the UK. And on page 6, long standing member of staff, Carolyn Bull, tells us what happened when consultant Ciaran Healy noticed a cancerous growth on her forehead. Also covered in this issue: restless legs, carpal tunnel syndrome, meniscal tears and low FODMAP diets. As always we bring you interviews, updates from our GP Liaison team and news from world of primary care.

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Issue Number:
10

Published:
August 2012

It was hard not to notice the big change in town this summer; how did the Olympics and Paralympics affect you? Were you busier, in more demand? Our cover story this issue is the ‘same day’ appointment service, which our prestigious Knee Unit launched earlier this year. With the Games making a big impact this summer, an increase in orthopaedic injuries from both professionals and amateurs is highly likely. This service means your patients can be referred, seen, scanned and diagnosed – all within 24 hours. Turn to pages 6 and 7 for more information.

In this issue we unveil our newly reopened Endoscopy Unit on pages 8 and 9; and let the photographers in to showcase this ultra-modern, high tech department. Damian Muncaster, Respiratory Physiologist, asks is your patient fit to fly this summer on page 5. We have two lively debates: Marc Laniado, Consultant Urologist answers questions about the necessity of prostate surgery; and Angus McIndoe, Consultant Gynaecologist, ponders the benefits of the da Vinci robot in ‘Expensive Toy or Essential Tool’. And finally, on page 15, we ask is your practice happy?

If you missed the interesting talk by the Integrated Skin-Cancer Service last month, led by Ciaran Healy, we will be hearing from this dynamic unit in the next issue, where we will also be showcasing our new Inpatient Oncology Unit, which opened this September.

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Issue Number:
9

Published:
May 2012

Springtime has meant celebration time for us this year, as we celebrated the hospital’s 38th birthday in April, The Wellington Diagnostics and Outpatients Centre’s (Golders Green) 5th birthday and the Platinum Medical Centre’s 1st birthday in May. 

When the hospital first opened it had a simple philosophy: to provide the very best in healthcare. Since 1974, the hospital has gained an international reputation for providing precisely this, and I am please to say after 38 years – we are still growing and expanding.

This issue focuses on our recently opened Acute Admissions Unit (AAU), which has proved to be a real success. With over 250 patients treated so far – we have received many positive accolades from consultants, GPs and relatives alike about this state-of-the-art unit. On pages 4-6 we highlight a selection of case studies – featuring patients who have been treated at our AAU in the last few months. Remember, if you are GP and need to admit a patient urgently, call the AAU on 0207 483 5999; where there will be a dedicated clinician ready to organise a smooth and efficient admission with you.

We have two lively interviews this issue: Bernadette Phelan, our Breast Care Nurse talks to us about our innovative Breast Care Unit on page 7; and Wellington Diagnostic Centre Manager, Ursula Stiemert updates us on future developments underway at our outpatient centre in Golders Green, including a breast screening service and pain management unit. The Wellington is a keen investor in new technology, viewing it as vital to continually improving our patients’ care, and this doesn’t just mean medical and surgical technology; we have recently introduced ‘iris scanning’ for patient identification. Some of your patients may have already experienced this exciting technology, which aims to make patient registration quicker and easier. Once your patient’s iris pattern has been scanned, this data is securely stored - ready for their next visit.

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Issue Number:
8

Published:
February 2012

Welcome to the winter issue of Practice Matters - and indeed to the first issue of 2012. This year is an important one for the hospital and for London as a whole, with the arrival of the London 2012 Olympics.

2012 at The Wellington Hospital started with a bang - quite literally, as renovation work continued in a number of our units. This year will see The Wellington turn its attentions to a number of projects which will greatly enhance services for our patients, including a new Acute Admissions Unit and the expansion of our GI and Endoscopy Unir. For a full update turn to page 4.

2011 wa s a busy year at The Wellington - we set out to expand and grow by opening the largest medical centre in the UK, bring oncology services back to the hospital and establish a dedicated Breast Care Unit. WE achieved all of this along with a 'thumbs up' from our patients: 123 patients having treatment at our new day surgery unit at the Platinum Medical Centre were invited to give feedback, and of these 123 patients:

100% said they would recommend our Day Surgery Unit to family and friends and 100% said they would be happy to return to the unit for further procedures.

We were equally proud when HRH Prince Edward officially opened the Platinum Medical Centre in December - making it an important day in the hospital's history. The Prince was given a full tour of our state-of-the-art facilities, and was hugely impressed with the calibre of staff and technology available there. Read more about this prestigious visit on Page 8.

On the recognition front, seven of our consultants were named in The Times 'Britains Top Surgeons list 2011; and our award winning Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit were also recognised at the International Health Awards, securing 2nd place for Excellence in Rehabilitation Care (International).

Support is an important part of what we do at The Wellington and as you'll be aware 2012 also brings about changes for GPs, with policy reforms affecting the way that practices run. So please do remember that our GP Liaison team are here to support you and are on hand to help in any way they can.

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Issue Number:
7

Published:
October 2011

Firstly let me thank everyone who took the time to participate in giving their feedback last issue. Although the opportunity to win those London Zoo tickets has passed, you can still download and submitthe feedback form online. We want to hear your opinions on Practice Matters all year round, so please contact our editor Claire if you have any commments or ideas that you would like to share. The results of the last feedback can be found on Page 14 do let us know if you feel anything is missing.

The issue focuses on some of the new services we have introduced at the hospital - starting with the showcase of our new Day Surgery Unit, which opens in Novemebr. Don't miss the update on some of our latest equipment and technology, including a closer look at our Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS), and how it can benefit your patients; and an interesting case study from one of our da Vinci robot patients. Turn to Pages 4-7 for the new services update.

If you haven't logged on to The Wellington Blog, do try and vidit it. Not only are there interesting articles which your patients may find helpful, but there is plenty for medical professionals too. There will be a number of our consultants contributing each month, beginning with a series on treating tricky sports injuries, from Cath Spencer-Smith. The blog can be found on the homepage of The Wellington Hospital website.

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Issue Number:
6

Published:
July 2011

  • A Bright Future for Skin Cancer Care
  • Managing Liver Metastases
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease

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Issue Number:
5

Published:
April 2011

  • The Future's Bright
  • The Bigger Picture
  • Open for Business

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Issue Number:
4

Published:
December 2010

  • The Da Vinci SI Robot
  • When to Refer to the Electrophysiologist
  • Why is my patient breathless? 

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Issue Number:
3

Published:
October 2010

  • A First Rate Service
  • PLUS: Our regular columns 
  • Here today and Gone Tomorrow

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Issue Number:
2

Published:
July 2010

  • Playing a Central Role
  • PLUS: Our regular columns
  • A Clear Vision

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Issue Number:
1

Published:
April 2010

  • At the Heart of the Matter
  • Twenty Four Seven
  • GP Comment & Debate
  • Nurses Corner
  • Wellington Events

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