Mr Paul Manning
Chief Medical Officer, Circle Health Group
Recent events have shown that there has never been a better time for collaboration between the private sector and the NHS.
“I’ve found it pretty remarkable to see what we’ve achieved over the past year. At the beginning patients were reluctant to go anywhere near a hospital, but we’ve managed to keep COVID compliant thanks to our focus on creating ‘green’ sites, where we have rolled out a very successful testing system alongside remote diagnostics support to ensure we could stay open for acute and vulnerable patients” says Mr Paul Manning, Chief Medical Officer at Circle Health Group.
While BMI healthcare facilities (Circle Group acquired BMI in 2019) have been used in collaboration with the NHS, the group are keen to stress to all patients that they are very much open for other treatments once again.
My message to anyone would be of reassurance, if you’re suffering from joint pain, ask for help. Whether on the NHS or private, you’ll receive great quality care.
Mr Manning adds, “As a consultant orthopaedic surgeon I’m incredibly happy to see that not only are we fully open but we continue to innovate – which is in part led by the demand from our patients. Increasingly, private care is chosen because of its speed of access and availability of innovative treatments, and crucially, the quality of care in both sectors remains the same.”
With the addition of robotics to arthroplasty surgery (restoring a joint in the knee or hip for instance), Mr Manning believes that this type of technology is leading the way.
He adds, “I’m delighted with the inclusion of robotics in orthopaedics, surgeons are already reporting shorter lengths of stay and earlier mobilisation alongside a better range of movement. This is really exciting for me. My message to anyone would be of reassurance, if you’re suffering from joint pain, ask for help. Whether on the NHS or private, you’ll receive great quality care.”