The Dorset Heart Clinic is a brand new, state-of-the-art, private patient cardiology centre located at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. We are the largest dedicated private cardiology centre on the south coast of England.
We provide a safe, friendly and comfortable environment for patients and their families at what we recognise is a vulnerable time in their lives. Our services are designed and delivered to suit the patient, never forgetting that each person is individual and has specific emotional as well as clinical needs.
In summary, the Dorset Heart Clinic provides a best-of-both-worlds approach: access to expert care from top UK cardiologists and the very highest standards of patient service, combined with the confidence of being in an NHS hospital with the vast array of specialist equipment and resources often lacking in a private hospital – we deliver the highest standards of safety and quality without compromise.
Dorset Heart Clinic is a formal partnership between The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and an independent company called Regent’s Park Healthcare. The partnership between the two organisations’ ensures that private patients receive the best-of-both-worlds: world-class specialist care and the very highest standard of service, together with the confidence of being in the NHS with its safety-net of services on hand. It also allows profits from the treatment of private patients to be re-invested back into frontline NHS care.
The partnership is registered as Dorset Heart Clinic LLP, company number OC 414702.
Regent’s Park Healthcare (RPH) is the UK’s leading independent cardiac services company. RPH has been developing innovative service solutions in partnership with NHS hospital cardiac departments since 2002. The company owes its name to the London Business School in Regent’s Park where it was first founded in a business incubator unit in 1999. The company is a highly specialist organisation with expertise in the development, financing and operation of cardiology and cardiovascular services. Fifteen years on, the company has built an integrated national platform which currently operates cardiology services across 42 NHS hospitals, employs over 150 staff, and which has delivered over 100,000 cardiology procedures.
RPH also develops and operates private patient cardiac services in partnership with NHS hospitals having opened its first cardiology private patient unit (the Cambridge Heart Clinic) in 2008. The Cambridge Heart Clinic is a partnership with Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust located at the world famous Addenbrooke’s hospital. The Dorset Heart Clinic is the second in its series of cardiology private patient units. RPH is currently building a third brand new cardiology centre, on brownfield land, in partnership with a significant NHS tertiary cardiac centre that is expected to open in Q4, 2017.
The company prides itself on its ability to deliver high-quality, cost-effective cardiac care through excellent service, efficient operations management, well-trained staff and uncompromising professionalism. Read more information on the Regent’s Park Healthcare website.
The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (RBCH) is a major NHS acute care hospital serving a total patient population of around 550,000 across Bournemouth, Christchurch, East Dorset and parts of the New Forest. The NHS cardiology department at RBCH was opened in 2006 and has proliferated over recent years. The department provides first-class specialised adult cardiac services for a population of one million, including much of Dorset and parts of Wiltshire and Hampshire as well as general cardiology for the local community. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital is the only district hospital in the UK to provide comprehensive high volume coronary angioplasty and electrophysiology services. The coronary angioplasty and cardiac pacing services are also among the largest in the UK. Read more information on The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website.
Care Quality Commission
The Dorset Heart Clinic is fully registered as an acute private hospital by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and bound by the Health and Social Care Act 2008. The CQC is the independent regulator of health and social care, hospitals and nursing homes. We received our CQC registration on 29/03/2017, and our Provider ID is 1-3550707911.
BUPA Quality Accreditation
BUPA healthcare quality inspectors have inspected the Dorset Heart Clinic and been awarded healthcare quality accreditation. This means the Dorset Heart Clinic is recognised by BUPA as a cardiac centre across its network of facilities. Dorset Heart Clinic is also accredited by all the other major and minor private medical insurance companies.
Medical Advisory Committee
The Dorset Heart Clinic has a Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) to ensure we achieve and maintain medical excellence across all our services.
All medical practitioners at the Dorset Heart Clinic are part of the MAC which offers guidance and advice on all areas of clinical practice and meets at regular quarterly intervals through the course of the year. The MAC has a robust clinical governance strategy with appointed leads for clinical governance and clinical audit. Our clinical director chairs the MAC and supported by an assistant clinical director. Current MAC appointments for these positions are as follows:
- Dr Sopher, Clinical Director and Chairman
- Dr Levy, Assistant Clinical Director
- Dr Din, Clinical Governance lead consultant
- Dr Critoph, Clinical Audit lead consultant
All consultants working at the Dorset Heart Clinic must apply for practising privileges to be part of the MAC. To gain practising privileges the consultant has to demonstrate compliance across many parameters including:
- GMC certificate
- GMC specialist registration
- Professional indemnity insurance
- DBS clearance at the enhanced level
- Participation in annual continuous professional development & professional appraisal from a senior clinical consultant
- Data controller licence from the Information Commissioners Office
- Approval by Medical Advisory Committee of the Dorset Heart Clinic
To further ensure the highest standards of care and patient safety, each application must then be approved by a senior management team comprising the Chief Executive of Regent’s Park Healthcare and an Executive director of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Dorset Heart Clinic is proud of the quality of healthcare it provides and its outcome data. As part of our ongoing commitment to quality standards in healthcare, we contribute to various databases including; The Private Healthcare Information Network, National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death and National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research.
We also support external quality benchmarking from the following societies: British Cardiovascular Intervention Society, British Society of Echocardiography and British Cardiovascular Society.
At the Dorset Heart Clinic minimising the risk of healthcare-associated infection, including MRSA infection and Clostridium difficile, for each patient is achieved through continuous vigilance, robust infection surveillance systems and ongoing training of staff, at all levels, in hospital hygiene. Our entire infection control procedures are supervised and reinforced by our experienced and dedicated Infection Control Nurses and Consultant Medical Advisers through a robust service level agreement with Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals.
This commitment to the highest quality standard has successfully kept the incidence of MRSA infection at very low levels.
Other factors that contribute to our high-quality record include:
- Individual rooms with private ensuite facilities for all patients before and after any invasive cardiology procedure.
- High nurse to patient ratios, increasing the time available for individual attention and ensuring the highest quality of care and hygiene.
- On-site cleaning staff who work to high specifications of hygiene and cleanliness, available 24 hours every day to respond to any need that may arise.
- A rapid and comprehensive room cleaning regime between the discharge of one patient and the admission of the next.
All patients admitted to the Dorset Heart Clinic, including day cases, are screened for MRSA carriage.