Spire Norwich treats NHS cancer patients during Covid-19 outbreak

Spire Healthcare has begun treating NHS cancer and cardiology patients at its Norwich site as part of a deal with the local NHS trust to create additional capacity during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Norwich and Norfolk University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s entire chemotherapy service, which is used by around 300 patients a week, has been transferred to the hospital along with cardiology treatment and spinal surgery.

Spire Healthcare said it is currently carrying out around 40 urgent operations a week on NHS patients, allowing the local trust to concentrate on caring for patients with Covid-19.

In addition, a midwifery clinic is planned to open at the Spire site within the next few weeks.

The measures are part of the national agreement between NHS England and the Independent sector, which was signed in March.

Nayab Haider, Hospital Director at Spire Healthcare, said: ‘We are very proud to be supporting the NHS during the worst public health crisis seen in decades. Even though tackling the coronavirus is the number one priority, it is so important that people with other urgent health conditions continue to access the treatment they require. We are very pleased that we’re able to play our part in meeting this need.’