Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
In 2011/12 the trust was still under review due to previous breaches to the terms of its authorisation. In addition the trust received a qualified audit certificate from their external auditors:
this relates to Monitor finding the trust in significant breach in July 2009 due to the trust facing considerable financial challenge, both now and in the future, which indicates the existence of material uncertainty which may, in the view of the auditor, cast significant doubt on its ability to continue as a going concern.
During 2011/12 year, the trust received public dividend capital (essentially a bailout) from the Department of Health of £4m. It also received a bailout from the government in 2010. The trust admits that it is in a poor financial state, in its Annual Report the trust says:
the Trust remains dependent on external support for continued solvency
The trust has a private patient unit called the Paragon Suite:
We are pleased to welcome you to the Paragon Suite, a purpose built Private Patient Unit at Wexham Park Hospital.
The Paragon Suite opened in 1993 and has 18 en-suite single rooms. The Suite is able to admit patients from all specialities, either as planned admissions or direct from the Hospital’s Accident & Emergency Department. These include Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, ENT, General Surgery, Physiotherapy, Cardiology, Urology, Radiology and Plastic Surgery including cosmetic.
The Paragon Suite strives to provide patients with private healthcare of the highest quality. In recognition of this we are holders of the New Customer Service Excellence Standard.
The Forward Plan says that the trust is losing work to other NHS trusts in the area:
The Trust operates in a highly competitive environment surrounded by other NHS acute providers. The Bracknell area is the most contested with the Royal Berkshire and Frimley Park Hospitals both providing services into the area. There has been a steady loss of market share, in particular for non-elective work but both providers are now offering some elective services and the Royal Berkshire has recently opened a very high quality facility in the centre of the area.
Its approach is to work with other partners:
The Trust is working in partnership with the Royal Berkshire Hospital to deliver Pathology services.
The plan assumes that Heatherwood Hospital is redeveloped with a partner to provide a modern, efficient environment for planned care.
Further, the trust says that it intends to:
Modernise Heatherwood with a partner to provide a highly efficient surgical hospital unit;