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WELCOME CONTENTS


WELCOME


Welcome to The View magazine – we hope it will give you a flavour of the quality of care we offer our patients here at Imperial Private Healthcare.


W


e provide a private service on behalf of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust,


one of the largest teaching hospital groups in the UK. This year the Trust is celebrating its ten year anniversary, so in this issue we wanted to show you some of the incredible innovations, developments and events that have shaped us over the last decade. We are very proud that all the profits generated by Imperial Private Healthcare are reinvested in to supporting our NHS work. This means that our private work ultimately benefits all of our patients. One of the newest innovations we


offer is an exciting treatment for patients suffering with essential tremor, which is an uncontrollable shake. You can read all about this remarkable, non-invasive treatment on page 10. Technology is also central to some of the work being carried out by our ear,


“We are very proud that all the profits generated by Imperial Private Healthcare are reinvested in to supporting our NHS work. This means that our private work ultimately benefits all of our patients.”


nose and throat team. In this issue we have been speaking to consultant Zaid Awad about the robotic surgery they are able to provide for some of their throat cancer patients which has helped to significantly reduce recovery times. We think it is important that this magazine isn’t only about our voice, so we would invite you to hear about our service from a patient’s point of view. Mr John Curtis has kindly shared his experience of cardiothoracic surgery with us on page 14. We are delighted to hear John is doing so well. We also hear from new dad Gwion Lewis about how our antenatal classes helped him and his wife Esyllt in preparation for their new baby Amig. It’s great to be able to hear from a dad’s perspective and we are glad that our courses added real value to them as a family. I would love to know what you think of this issue of The View. If you have any comments or suggestions please get in touch – my email address is written below. We also have plenty more information about Imperial Private Healthcare on our website www.imperialprivatehealthcare.co.uk Please do take a look.


Best wishes Julia Elmer, Editor julia.elmer@nhs.net


GET IN TOUCH… This publication is produced by the communications directorate at Imperial College Healthcare NHS


Trust. For feedback, suggestions or further information regarding this publication, please contact the editor: Julia Elmer julia.elmer@nhs.net. For information on any of the services or projects featured in this issue, contact our customer relations team on +44 (0)20 3311 7700


CORRECTION: In the previous issue of The View we inadvertently printed a photograph of a Medtronic’s Micra pacemaker in reference to a story about a transcatheter aortic valve. We apologise for the error.


The View Issue 2 08 11


CONTENTS 03 Blood pressure


04 Throat cancer treatment 06 Ten Years of the Trust 08 BBC Documentary 10 Essential tremor 12 Pharmacy 13 Puzzles – take a break 14 My story 16 Who’s who 17 Hernia treament 18 Trauma recovery 20 Antenatal education 22 Cancer support 23 Contact us


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PHOTO CREDIT: BBC2


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