Nuffield Health has appointed Anthony Fitzgerald as the first matron for its new facility at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
Previously chief nurse at London’s Schoen Clinic, Fitzgerald has long experience in the independent healthcare sector, working for Optegra Eye Health Care and the Harley Street Clinic. He has also been clinical advisor for the Care Quality Commission.
In his new role at Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which is due to open in the autumn, he will have responsibility for nursing care across the hospital’s key specialisms including cardiology, cardiac surgery, oncology and orthopaedics.
According to Fitzgerald, his role will be that of a ‘very traditional matron’.
‘I am fortunate to be part of an experienced Nuffield Health team that’s working to create an environment and culture that provides the best possible care and treatment, from prevention to cure, in the City of London. Our ability to provide connected healthcare services and the fact that Nuffield Health is a charity enables us to attract the best nurses and clinicians in London. We want our nurses to come from a range of backgrounds, from the NHS and the independent sector, and to be passionate about delivering excellence to our patients. Our nurses and clinicians will have more time with patients, have opportunities to develop their careers and a good work-life balance,’ he said.
Nuffield Health at St Bartholomew’s Hospital will be the City of London’s only independent hospital, providing a single patient pathway via Nuffield Health’s connected network of healthcare, fitness and wellbeing services. Located in the hospital’s former pathology and residential staff quarters, the 55-bed site will include four operating theatres, seven specialist intensive care beds, a full diagnostic imaging suite, an oncology day unit and 28 consultation rooms.