Our Partnership

Our Partnership

Dorset Heart Clinic is an innovative partnership between University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (UHD) and a company called Regent’s Park Healthcare (RPH).

The partnership between the two organisations’ ensures private patients receive the ‘best-of-both-worlds’: world-class specialist care and the very highest standards of service, together with the confidence of being in the NHS with its safety-net of services on hand. It also ensures operating profits from the treatment of private patients are re-invested back into frontline NHS care.

RPH is the UK’s leading independent cardiac services company with 20 years of expertise in the development, financing and operation of cardiology and cardiovascular services. RPH employs over 350 staff, and to date has delivered over 150,000 procedures. RPH has been developing innovative service solutions in partnership with NHS hospitals since it was established in 2002. The company owes its name to the London Business School in Regent’s Park where it was first founded in their business incubator unit (called The Lord Gavron Business Centre) in Huntsworth Mews.  As well as supporting NHS Trusts to deliver improved private care, the majority business of the  company involves the design, build, financing and operation of cardiology centres to provide additional system capacity to address long NHS waiting lists. Its most recent centre, called Peninsula Heart Clinic, opened in 2019 alongside the Southwest cardiothoracic centre in Derriford hospital, part of the University of Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. Two decades since it was founded, RPH now has an integrated national platform operating interventional and outpatient cardiology services across a large number of NHS hospitals. RPH 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. For more information visit: www.regentsparkhealthcare.com

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust (UHD) is a major NHS acute care hospital serving a total patient population of around 750,000 across Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, East Dorset and parts of the New Forest.  UHD is comprised of three hospitals; the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Poole Hospital and Christchurch Hospital, which merged on 1 October 2020, creating a new organisation. UHD have a number of exciting developments due to take place over the next few years, coupled with an ambitious transformation agenda. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital will become the major emergency hospital and Poole Hospital will become the major planned hospital, alongside other services provided for east Dorset. Christchurch Hospital incorporates the Day Hospital which provides rehabilitation for our older population, the Macmillan Unit which provides specialist palliative care, rheumatology, and dermatology.

The NHS cardiology department at UHD was opened in 2006 and has received a major new technology investment in recent years – four new state-of-the-art cath labs were opened in 2018. The department has a national reputation for providing first-class specialised adult cardiac services. The departments of cardiology at Bournemouth and Poole recently merged and together with visiting cardiologists from Dorchester and Salisbury, there are now around 20 consultant cardiologists providing both specialist and general cardiology for a population of over one million.  The cardiac EP & Ablation service, cardiac pacing, resynchronisation and defibrillator insertion programmes are among the largest of any NHS hospital in the UK. Read more information here on University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Dorset Heart Clinic LLP was incorporated on 21 November 2016, company number OC414702.

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