Health & Beauty
by Aspect County

Staying physically active

Being physically active improves not only your health but also your quality of life. By keeping active you’re making sure that your joints and body are kept in good working order. Exercise also helps maintain your weight at a healthy level and can protect from common illnesses. 

But what do you do if you need treatment?
The trick is to have options available. Traditionally the independent sector has been seen as a valuable resource for the NHS – particularly in high throughput areas like hip and knee replacements and other health conditions that aren’t seen as emergencies. 
David Hare, Chief Executive of the NHS Partners Network, which represents independent providers of NHS clinical services, says The beauty of the independent sector is its sheer diversity. The NHS benefits from the capital investment made by independent providers, patients have lower waiting times, and we know from the [patient reported outcome measures] data that outcomes are good: there are low infection rates and low cancellation rates.”

A Centre of Excellence
Benenden Hospital in Kent is an excellent example of how independent healthcare provides high quality care and facilities for the local community. At Benenden Hospital local residents can benefit from reduced waiting times in the specialist areas of orthopaedics, varicose veins, cataracts and diagnostic facilities. 
Seen as a centre of excellence, resulting in attracting some of the UK’s foremost specialist consultants in these fields, the Hospital also has modern and well-equipped medical, diagnostic, surgical and recuperating facilities.

Impressive range of services and treatments
From orthopaedics to neurology, varicose veins to gastroenterology, Benenden Hospital offers the very latest in consultation, diagnostics and services – all delivered with a great deal of care and compassion that produces the best possible outcome for patients.

• Colorectal surgery
• Cardiology
• Dermatology
• Diagnostics (including CT/MRI Scans, X‑ray and • Ultrasound)
ENT surgery
• Gastroenterology
• General surgery
• Gynaecology
• Neurology
• Ophthalmology 
• Orthopaedics
• Physiotherapy
• Respiratory medicine
• Rheumatology
• Urology
• Varicose veins

Dedicated to patient safety
Benenden Hospital’s rigorous approach to infection control has resulted in zero cases of hospital acquired Bacteraemia or Septicaemia related to MRSA or Clostridium Difficile. In 2014 the hospital achieved for less serious infections a figure of only 0.86% incidents compared to a National average of 6% making it one of the cleanest hospitals in the UK. Benenden Hospital has its own Sterile Services facility, where theatre instruments are cleaned, disinfected and sterilised. This investment, coupled with prioritising infection control measures throughout the hospital, reflects Benenden’s recognition that a safe and infection-free environment is high on a patient’s list of priorities, and ensures that patients are kept in asafe and clean environment. 

For more information about your local Benenden Hospital services contact them on 01580 242 515 or visit online at www​.benen​den​hos​pi​tal​.org​.uk