It may surprise you to learn that our presence goes beyond the U.S. — across the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom. With a world-class network of hospitals and specialist clinics, HCA Healthcare UK serves London and Manchester, England — and is a leading private provider of healthcare services alongside the National Health Service (NHS).
Since 1948, the NHS has operated as the U.K.’s publicly supported healthcare system (funded through general taxes) in England, Scotland and Wales.
While these independent organizations are structured and run very differently, HCA Healthcare UK and the NHS serve the greater good and share a spirit of cooperation when caring for the population. At no time in recent history has that been more evident than during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Tapping a wide range of resources, including people power, HCA Healthcare UK has been, and continues to be, part of the international response to COVID-19. Our U.K. colleagues have assisted the NHS in many ways, including:
• Providing expertise in the form of dozens of staff temporarily working at NHS facilities, who responded to a variety of needs
• Loaning hundreds of pieces of critical-care equipment such as ventilators to NHS partners to support their intensive-care capacity
• Delivering time-critical care on behalf of the NHS and to privately funded patients
• Delivering care in specially created “clean” facilities so NHS patients who do not have COVID-19 can be securely quarantined from infected patients
The cooperative spirit between the NHS and HCA Healthcare UK is a testament to “not only the hard work and expertise of our teams and consultant colleagues, but also a testament to the [organization’s] ethos that puts safety at the heart of everything we do,” says John Reay, President and CEO of HCA Healthcare UK. He describes being “overwhelmed but not surprised” by the commitment of colleagues willing to transfer to other work sites during the height of the pandemic.