£6m renovation of dedicated private facility
The private cancer wing of the Royal Marsden hospital, one of the world's leading cancer hospitals, has been opened following a £6m renovation.
Granard House, a dedicated private facility within the London hospital, now has 21 single, ensuite rooms, an increase from 14 in the previous unit, over three floors. Rooms are fitted with bespoke furniture, individually temperature controlled and have a full entertainment system including TV and wi-fi internet access.
The wing also houses a refurbished outpatient suite with five consulting rooms.
Kate Hall, matron and service manager for private care, said: "In Granard House, our clinical staff are now able to work in the best possible environment, built to the very highest clinical and infection control standards, to provide an exceptional standard of care."
The Royal Marsden earned £41.5m from treating private patients last year, making up 26% of its total income from treating patients. Government plans to remove the cap on how much NHS hospitals can earn from private work may see more hospital open private patient units, providing greater choice for insured and self-pay patients.