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The Wellington Cardiac Services Unit wins top awards

20 February 2008

The Wellington Hospital has been named as one London's most successful centres of excellence and the leading private hospital for cardiac care in the Capital. 

The Healthcare Commission named The Wellington as one of the top ten hospitals for heart surgery alongside a number of leading teaching hospitals and its two sister facilities, The Harley Street Clinic and The London Bridge Hospital. 

The Wellington's Cardiac Services Unit has also won the prestigious HCA Cardiac Centre of Excellence award, one of only five hospitals to do so out of 150 in the group worldwide.

The Chief Executive of the Wellington, Mr Keith Hague, said the hospital's cardiac teams were renowned internationally for their highest standards of care.  "Our consultants and specialist medical teams are among the most distinguished in the country and we congratulate them for this outstanding achievement," he said.

The new Wellington North Catheter Laboratories were opened and the surgical and cardiac floors were refurbished in 2007.  In addition the newly redesigned North Tower Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has also had some new additions including three new isolation bays.  Each bay can be sealed off from the others and negative air pressure ensures any airborne infections are contained.

The Wellington has two ICUs with a total of 14 level 3 beds and four dedicated level 2 beds.  The units manage long term intensive care needs such as specialist ventilatory requirements, weaning issues, renal replacement therapy, haemodynamic support together with a large number of cardiac and neuro-surgery cases.

Patient survival rates are more than double when compared to predicted expected mortality models such as APACHE II and the ICNARC model and MRSA rates are at least six times lower than other London hospitals.

Two consultant intensivists, an intensivist RMO and two hospital RMOs provide 24x7 support to the Wellington critical care teams.


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