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Introduction

Welcome to the summer edition of Health Matters Magazine, a unique opportunity for London

Bridge Hospital to connect with GPs and update you on new ways we may be able to support you

and your patients.

As some of you might be aware, 2011 is a significant year for London Bridge Hospital, as this year

we celebrate our 25th Anniversary. I believe that we are justifiably proud of the achievements we

have made in the past quarter of a century, and am confident the hospital will move from strength to

strength in years to come.

Over the years, London Bridge Hospital has enjoyed many firsts within the private healthcare sector,

from being the first private hospital in the UK to offer the revolutionary Transcatheter Aortic Valve

Implantation (TAVI) procedure, to being the country’s first private facility to publish our cardiac

surgery outcomes. Likewise, ours was the first private hospital to offer the minimally invasive

Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) procedure to patients requiring a lymph node biopsy, and our

Consultants and hospital staff continue to research and innovate, ultimately striving to find ways to

better care for your patients.

We are as aware as you are of the changes afoot in the NHS and how these are sure to affect you

and your colleagues in your surgeries. As ever, our GP Liaison Team will assist you wherever they can

with making adjustments to your working practices as you adapt to these changes.To that end, this

issue of Health Matters includes articles which we hope will help you in this uncertain, transitionary

period.Your feedback is tremendously valuable to us, and if there is any further way in which you feel

London Bridge Hospital may be able to support you and your colleagues – and, by extension, improve

the care we can provide to your patients – we would of course be delighted to hear about it.

We feel lucky to enjoy the positive relationship we have with our referring GPs, without which we

would not have been able to expand London Bridge Hospital to offer

the wealth of services available to your patients today.Your continued

involvement in the hospital is key to its success, and we look forward to

working with you over the next 25 years.

I do hope you enjoy this magazine and thank you as always.

With kind regards and best wishes.

Yours sincerely

John Reay

Chief Executive Officer

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A message from the CEO

John Reay

Chief Executive Officer