Since March, HMT Sancta Maria Hospital has been supporting the local health board by mak-ing the whole hospital available to NHS patients. As we begin to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic, hospital director, Geoff Bailey ( right), discusses how the last few months have been and how the team are preparing to welcome back private patients.
“Like many independent hospitals throughout Wales and the rest of the UK, HMT Sancta Maria Hospital suspended private procedures in March and offered its premises and staff to NHS Wales and Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB). Since then, we have primarily carried out urgent procedures on cancer patients who would have ordinarily accessed their treatment at another facility in the area.
“Our team has really pulled together during this time, adapting to a wide range of changes, all while providing the same high level of patient care that we have always been proud to deliver.
“The hospital is still contracted to SBUHB until 6th July but we are now in a position to resume private outpatient appointments and can begin to offer procedures from 7th July onwards. We will continue to treat NHS patients until the 6th July but additional capacity will allow us to offer private outpatient appointments at the same time. These consultations will primarily take place over the phone or via video calls.
“The hospital will prioritise patients whose treatment has been postponed due to Covid-19. A waiting list will be created to work through the backlog of appointments. Clinics will be offered to all consultants but some procedures, including ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatments may still be unavailable because of the risks from Covid.
“While our normal work has been put on hold during the pandemic, construction on our new hospital in SA1 has continued. Electrics, ventilation and plumbing have been installed across each of the three operating theatres, in the en-suite patient bedrooms and throughout the open plan ground floor area which will be home to a waiting area, servery, kitchen and offices for the hospital’s administrative staff.
“Our on-site MRI machine will be installed in the coming weeks and the scaffolding that surrounds the building will be removed to reveal the hospital’s exterior to those passing on Fabian Way and Langdon Road. The pandemic has caused some delays to the overall timeline but we hope to open the doors to the new hospital in early 2021.
“I want to thank all of the team here at Sancta for their efforts over the last three months. We are excited to welcome patients back to the hospital who have been waiting for their treatments. We will continue to provide exemplary care throughout this transition period.”