Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Population 1,200,000
Beds 665
Income £486,809k
Comprehensive Surplus £8,200k
Operating Surplus £12,724k
EBITDA £31,896k
PPI Cap 6.4%
PPI £19,224k
Public Members 6,727

The private patient unit has 52 rooms in total [1]:

On the 12th floor of The Royal Free Hospital, the private patient unit has a relaxed and friendly environment that is enhanced by a beautiful view.

Of these rooms, there are:

Four dedicated centrally-monitored high-dependency beds have been set aside in our dedicated 12th floor ward, which has been newly refurbished to high standards.

Patients who require a closer level of monitoring will be moved to a dedicated room on 12 west ward and transferred from the monitored bed facility once his/her clinical condition improves.

In the January 2012 Board papers [2] the trust indicated that it expected increased business in its private patient unit in the last quarter of 2011/12:

The PPU team outlined how their actions would see improved trading in the final quarter of the financial year, and that the 12/3 budget would be set on this basis.

On competition the Forward Plan [3] says that the market is “crowded” and that private companies will grow in the next few years:

North Central London remains one of the most crowded NHS and non NHS provider markets in the country. The several mergers and acquisitions amongst acute and community providers in the past 18 months may be followed by more such in the period 2012/15, and certain independent sector organisations are likely to grow in market share and influence.

The trust identifies a financial threat from the:

Fall in elective and day case income mostly driven by the loss of activity due to planned decommissioning of low priority treatments

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[1] www.royalfreeprivatepatients.com
[2] www.royalfree.nhs.uk/default.aspx?top_nav_id=3&sel_left_nav=36&tab_id=1215
[3] www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk/sites/all/modules/fckeditor/plugins/ktbrowser/_openTKFile.php?id=11791

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