Spire takes the prize at industry awards

11 June 2015

Spire takes the prize at industry awards

Spire Healthcare was last night (10 June 2015) named Hospital Group of the Year for the second year running at the 2015 HealthInvestor Awards.

This prestigious event, run by trade publication, HealthInvestor, is one of the main highlights in the health sector calendar and is always very well attended by many important bodies. The 2015 competition was fierce with award submissions up by 20% on last year, but despite this, Spire still pipped six other organisations to the top spot. “2014 was a transformational year for Spire Healthcare and a landmark in the company’s history”, says Rob Roger, Chief Executive.

“As well as listing on the London Stock Exchange in one of the most successful IPOs of the year, 2014 saw Spire deliver a strong year in both trading and development, whilst progressing its mission to bring together the best people, dedicated to developing excellent clinical environments and delivering the highest quality patient care. I am very proud to be leading the people who make Spire so successful”.

Journalist and news presenter, Jeremy Vine, presented the awards, which were judged by a panel of independent judges.

Orthopaedic Care at The Montefiore Hospital

17 April 2015

Orthopaedic Care at The Montefiore Hospital

For those with muscle, bone or joint problems, the hospital has an expert team of orthopaedic consultant surgeons, consultant radiologists and specialist nursing staff. Offering a wide range of procedures, including hip and knee replacement surgery, the hospital houses a fully comprehensive diagnostic suite on site, with x-ray, ultrasound, CT, and MRI. This means that results can be available quickly, avoiding long waits for treatment. Diagnosing and treating a wide variety of symptoms and conditions, the hospital boasts state of the art equipment and facilities, enabling clinicians to offer the latest treatments.

Each patient has an individual treatment plan drawn up and managed by their consultant, to ensure the most appropriate and effective care for their condition and lifestyle. For procedures that require an overnight stay, patients have the luxury of a spacious en-suite bedroom, designed to make the visit as comfortable as possible.

An orthopaedic patient describes their experience of The Montefiore, “From the minute I entered the hospital, I was treated with the utmost courtesy and kindness from every member of staff. Nurses, porters, doctors and catering staff were a delight to meet. The theatre staff were reassuring and kind and at all times. I felt in safe hands”.

Whether covered by private medical insurance or choosing to self-pay, the hospital offers patient focused care from the heart of the city.

To view our procedure prices or find out more about the hospital, please call 01273 828 148 or email montefioreinfo@spirehealthcare.com

The Montefiore Hospital Cosmetic Centre

8 April 2015

New Local Partnership Connects Art and Health

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival have recently announced a new partnership with The Montefiore Hospital, coming together to support community wellbeing via art-focused events and projects.

Brighton Dome works year-round to bring a diverse range of art to the people of Brighton and beyond. The Creative Learning team develop innovative projects, taking art to people who might not otherwise be engaged in the arts and running a rolling programme of workshops, performances and courses. The new partnership with Spire Healthcare’s Montefiore Hospital, will allow this community work to develop and grow.

An advocate of using art to benefit wellbeing, The Montefiore Hospital - newly opened in 2012 - was the first hospital to incorporate Brian Eno’s atmospheric and tranquil light and music installations in its building design. A full service hospital offering a comprehensive range of diagnostic and surgical services, The Montefiore was designed around its patients, committed to the creation of a comfortable, calming environment from the moment patients walk through the doors.

Kathryn Cooke, Business Development Manager at The Montefiore Hospital.  “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival. Being a champion for such initiatives creates sustained opportunity for art to be made more accessible.”

Andrew Comben, Chief Executive Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival says: “We are thrilled to partner with The Montefiore Hospital.  Art and culture has a crucial role to play in people’s lives beyond entertainment – it can be both stunning and life-changing in one moment and then something that can help people maintain a connection to the world and their own equilibrium. There is also a growing body of evidence to support the fact that participation in the arts can contribute to community cohesion, reduce social exclusion and make communities feel stronger. The value of art in society really cannot be underestimated.”

The Montefiore Hospital Cosmetic Centre

23 March 2015

Treating Varicose Veins

Mr Karim El Sakka, Consultant Vascular Surgeon at The Montefiore Hospital in Hove, discusses the options available for the treatment of varicose veins.

“Varicose veins are swollen or twisted veins, often a dark purple or blue colour, which usually occur in the legs. The internal structure of veins comprises of one way valves that help prevent blood from flowing backwards. If these valves become weakened, blood can start to pool in the veins making them enlarged and swollen.

“There are a number of ways of treating varicose veins. Discussion surrounding the suitability of each method, the expected outcome and procedure risks, takes place at consultation. Firstly there is surgical removal, known as ‘ligation’ or ‘stripping’ and this involves tying off and removing the vein. This is performed in theatre under a general anaesthetic, usually as a day case, though full recovery may take a couple of weeks. Nowadays surgery tends to be avoided where possible, favouring methods that can be performed in clinic with a local anaesthetic. These methods include radiofrequency ablation and foam sclerotherapy.

Radiofrequency ablation uses a heat source to seal the affected vein. A narrow catheter is inserted by a small incision and moved along the vein with guided ultrasound, sealing it at regular intervals. This is carried out with a local anaesthetic and takes approximately 30 minutes. Patients are generally able to walk out following the treatment and can return to work the same day. For those with especially twisted veins this method is less suitable as the catheter cannot be fully inserted.

Foam sclerotherapy is particularly good for recurring varicose veins and for those not suitable for radiofrequency ablation. A foam mixture is injected into the vein using ultrasound guidance. This works by forcing the blood out of the varicose vein and making the walls of the vein ‘sticky’ so that the vein closes off. Over a period of a few weeks the treated varicose veins tend to shrivel up and disappear. Depending on how many veins are affected this may require another two or three sessions. This is performed as an outpatient procedure with a local anaesthetic and does not require any cut or incision to be made to the leg. Most patients can return to work the next day.

“Recovery time varies depending on procedure and individual. In some cases bruising and swelling can be expected and your consultant may recommend elasticated support stockings.

“For those who don’t wish to undergo surgery, there are a number of self-help methods. These include, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing and making efforts to raise your feet frequently. Also, special compression stockings can be worn to aid circulation. A programme of regular exercise is unlikely to make varicose veins disappear, but may prevent them from appearing in the first place.

Mr Karim El Sakka has weekly clinics at the Spire Montefiore Hospital in Hove. For further information please call 01273 828 148
The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other health care professional.

The Montefiore Hospital Cosmetic Centre

3 February 2015

The Montefiore Hospital Cosmetic Centre

If you have been considering cosmetic surgery, the start of a new year can often be a popular time to start to investigate further

The Montefiore Hospital Cosmetic Centre offers a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures from breast enlargement and tummy tuck to face lift and nose reshaping, as well as the option of non-surgical treatments such as fillers and facial peels.

Lynette Awdry, Hospital Matron says,

“At The Montefiore we understand that undergoing a cosmetic procedure is a big decision, so having access to expert advice is an important factor. All our consultants are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council (GMC), with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Once you have chosen your consultant they will be your clinician throughout the entire process, offering you continuity and peace of mind.

From your initial consultation to your post-procedure recovery we're here to help you on every step of your cosmetic journey. We want you to feel safe in the knowledge that you will be cared for by healthcare professionals, focused on achieving the best results for you.

As a hospital we pride ourselves on high standards of clinical quality and patient focused care. Patients can expect also state-of-the-art-facilities, spacious en-suite bedrooms and delicious and nutritious restaurant-standard food.

Our prices are all inclusive, meaning that once you have seen your surgeon at consultation and your treatment plan has been decided, you will be given a fixed price for your treatment with no need to worry about any hidden extra fees. Spire's patient terms and conditions set out what is included and excluded from fixed price treatment.

As we believe that getting the right advice is such an important part of the process when undertaking a decision to have cosmetic surgery, we run regular free information events where there is the opportunity to learn about the latest treatments available and ask any questions that you may have. We want you to feel completely happy.”

For further information or to book a Cosmetic Consultation please call 01273 828 148 or email montefioreinfo@spirehealthcare.com