St. Anthony's Hospital, London

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Template:EngvarB Template:Use dmy dates St. Anthony's Hospital is a private hospital in North Cheam, owned and operated by the Daughters of the Cross of Liege, a Roman Catholic religious order. It is located on the junction between the A24 and Gander Green Lane.<ref name="scts">Template:Cite web</ref>

Facility

St. Anthony's is a 92-bed private hospital. It provides routine and complex surgery and has an 8-bed intensive care unit.<ref name=RCNPub>Template:Cite web</ref> The associated St. Raphael's Hospice is a hospice that is operated as a charity; it employs 53 nurses.<ref name=RCNPub/>

History

St. Anthony's was founded in 1904. Its location, once the site of North Cheam House, was purchased by the Daughters of the Cross for £4,625. By 1914 the Daughters of the Cross had replaced North Cheam House, erecting a building of three storeys and 163-foot frontage.<ref name="history">Template:Cite web</ref>

The hospital operated a 'pay-by-your-means' policy until 1948, when the National Health Service was formed, causing St. Anthony's to begin accepting public patients with funding from the NHS. In the early 1970s, St. Anthony's NHS contract was withdrawn and the hospital reverted to private status.<ref name="history"/> Responding to this change in status, in 1975 it developed a speciality for cardiac surgery.<ref name="scts"/>

In 1987, the Daughters of the Cross formed St. Raphael's Hospice,<ref name="history"/> a registered charity providing specialist medical and nursing care for those with cancer and other serious illnesses and support for the families of the afflicted<ref name="straphael's">Template:Cite web</ref>

By 2012, a decline in the membership of the Daughters of the Cross, coupled with the advanced age of many of its members, led the order to seek to divest itself of responsibility for the hospital and hospice.<ref name=LocalGuardFeb2012>Template:Cite web</ref> After obtaining a management consultancy's advice,<ref name=LocalGuardFeb2012/> they decided to try to sell the hospital but retain ownership of the hospice. They expected to make a decision on a buyer in December 2013.<ref name=WimbledonGuardNv2013>Template:Cite web</ref> Staff and consultants of the hospital and the chairman of the hospice board raised concerns about how a sale to a private firm might affect the charity work of the hospice, which is subsidised by hospital revenues, and the ability of the hospital to operate within moral directives of the Catholic Church. In June 2013 they appealed to Vatican officials to prevent the sale, and Paul Burstow, the member of parliament for Sutton and Cheam, said he would seek to have the Foreign Office direct an embassy official to bring the issue to the Vatican's attention.<ref name="vatican">Template:Cite web</ref> In November 2013, Burstow presented a petition to Parliament, signed by over 7,000 people, requesting government help in blocking the sale. Opponents of the sale hoped for formation of a new Catholic charity to take over the hospital and hospice.<ref name=WimbledonGuardNv2013/>

Medical liability case

The hospital was ordered to pay out £4 million to a couple after a 1994 incident in which one of its anaesthetists, Dr. Stanley Ling, improperly administered an anaesthetic, causing severe brain damage and loss of speech for Christine Darley-Jones, a City analyst.<ref name="dailymail">Template:Cite web</ref>

Transport

  • 93 from North Cheam to Putney Bridge tube station<ref name="tfl"/>
  • 293 from Epsom General Hospital to Morden tube station<ref name="tfl"/>
  • 413 from Sutton Bus Garage to Morden tube station<ref name="tfl"/>
  • S3 from Sutton Hospital to Malden Manor railway station<ref name="tfl">Template:Cite web</ref>

References

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