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Many people have suddenly found themselves in a position where an employee, relative or friend is seriously ill or injured in an area where adequate medical treatment is not available. In many cases they are neither able to cope nor able to obtain the necessary medical assistance. Air Ambulance International is a specialist organization which can provide the very best solutions for air ambulance to London for:

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Doctors, nurses and paramedics, appropriately qualified for the patient's condition, available to escort patients by air ambulance during medical repatriation to London.

Medical Repatriation by AAI

With extensive experience in providing air ambulance to London, we are able at short notice to effect the safe, competent and comprehensive medical transfer of patients from any part of the world to London. This can be either by scheduled airline or private jet. This service provides:

* Investigation
* Assessment
* Report & Advice
* Ticketing
* Medical Clearance
* Transfers to and from airports
* Medical escorts
* All necessary equipment
* Hospital admission and appropriate medical referral
* Continuous liaison and reporting to the client throughout

Why an Aeromedical Flight to London is Necessary

This is a list of the 10 best specialist hospitals in England. They are at the cutting edge of research and offer the highest standards of care for patients who require treatment in their specialist areas. All 10 are in or near London – an accident of history that reflects London's ability to attract wealth and the professions to service it. Similar specialist institutions in other parts of the country are listed as well.

For Bones and joints

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital

The 220-bed hospital in Stanmore, north-west London, provides the most comprehensive range of care for joint and muscular problems in the country.

Its services range from surgery for the most devastating spinal injuries to specialist rehabilitation for sufferers of chronic back-pain. As a centre of excellence it treats patients from across the country, many referred by other consultants from elsewhere for a second opinion.

One fifth of all orthopaedic surgeons in the UK are trained at the hospital, which has eight operating theaters fitted with the latest equipment to perform complex neuromusculoskeletal procedures. The hospital treats almost 10,000 patients a year.

Although most patients would not consider traveling too far for a routine hip replacement, which can probably be done as well in their local district general hospital, the specialist clinics at the Royal National Orthopaedic may provide a reason to make the journey.

Specialist clinics deal with bone tumors, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), rheumatology, spinal injuries, specialist hand and shoulder conditions and sports injuries.

Alternative specialist orthopaedic hospitals include the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham and the Nuffield, Oxford.

Brains

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

If you have a head injury, stroke or condition affecting the brain, such as Alzheimer's, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis, this is the place to go. Along with the nearby Institute of Neurology, it is major international centre for treatment, research and training. The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery has 200 beds at its central London site near Euston station, and treated more than 4,500 in-patients and 54,000 outpatients last year. Part of the University College London Hospitals Trust, it is also planning a new clinical neuro sciences building at Queen's Square, which already boasts a state of the art neuro-rehabilitation unit.

The hospital's close rival is the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery at Fazakerley, Liverpool, the only specialist neurological NHS trust, which occupies a purpose-built facility serving 3.5 million people in the North-west. A research team from the centre won a large US grant to investigate the neurodevelopmental effects of anti-epileptic drugs.

Hearts

Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust

The largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK, the Royal Brompton and Harefield acquired its reputation through the work of Sir Magdi Yacoub, the internationally renowned surgeon who pioneered heart transplants in the UK the 1980s.

Yacoub was a friend and confidant of Diana, Princess of Wales and achieved global fame after it emerged that he'd been smuggling her into the hospital to watch him at work. Pictures of her heavily mascara'd face peering over a surgical mask became one of the iconic images of the princess.

The trust attracts staff and patients from across the country and around the globe, and is a centre for research with between 500 and 600 papers published in scientific journals each year. Its 10 research programs each received the highest rating in 2006.

Each year, surgeons perform 2,400 coronary angioplasties (where a balloon is threaded through an incision in the groin to the heart and expanded to widen a blocked artery), 1,200 coronary bypasses and 2,000 treatments for respiratory failure – so they do not lack for experience.

Other specialist heart units with strong reputations are Papworth Hospital, Huntingdon, where Britain's first successful heart transplant was carried out in 1979; and the Cardiothoracic Centre, Liverpool, formed in 1991.

Cancer

The Royal Marsden NHS Trust

The first dedicated cancer hospital in the world, founded in 1851, is still the best. With the Institute of Cancer Research, the Royal Marsden is the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe, seeing more than 40,000 patients from the UK and abroad each year. It has the highest income from private patients of any hospital in Britain, testifying to its international reputation.

The hospital was founded by Dr William Marsden, who was deeply affected by the death of his wife Elizabeth from cancer.

England has two other specialist cancer centres the Christie Hospital in Manchester, and the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, near Liverpool.

Although cancer is one of the specialties excluded from the expanded patient-choice agenda, it is still possible to arrange a referral with the agreement of your GP and primary care trust. If you have a rare cancer, that could be worthwhile.

Ear, nose and throat

Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital

The country's largest ear, nose and throat hospital is also Europe's centre for audiological research, with an international reputation for its expertise and range of specialties, all on one site on London's Gray's Inn Road.

Its services range from minor procedures such as inserting grommets (tiny valves placed in the eardrum of a child to drain fluid from the middle ear) to major head and neck surgery. A quarter of its 60,000 patients were referred from other parts of the UK and abroad last year. The hospital has a cochlear implant programme, a snoring and sleep disorder clinic, and a voice clinic, the oldest and largest in the UK. One in 25 people develops voice problems such as hoarseness, but it rises to one in five among, for example, teachers, actors and barristers.

A measure of the Royal National's success is the fact that one third of patients referred from other clinics or hospitals with voice problems has their diagnosis changed on investigation there.

Bowel

St Marks Hospital, Harrow

Britain's leading national and international referral centre for diseases of the bowel is the only hospital in the UK and one of only 14 worldwide to be recognized as a centre of excellence by the World Organization of Digestive Endoscopy.

Founded by Frederick Salmon in 1835, St Marks was one of the first specialist hospitals and has played a major part in raising the profile of bowel disease, gastroenterology and nutrition in teaching and research.

It is a chosen site for the NHS bowel-cancer screening programme being rolled out across the country, which seeks to detect and treat changes in the bowel before cancer develops. Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer in the UK but often goes undetected because sufferers can fail to report important symptoms, such as blood in the feces, often out of embarrassment.

Bowel cancer can be treated via colonoscopy, to find and remove polyps growths on the wall of the bowel. The hospital's education programme attracts clinicians from across the UK and overseas with the aim of spreading good practice elsewhere.

The hospital is part of the North West London Hospitals Trust. In the north of England, Hope Hospital, Manchester also has a specialist bowel diseases unit.

Liver

King's College hospital NHS Trust

The liver unit at King's is the largest in the world. It is one of 31 specialist liver units in the UK, but none can match it for expertise, facilities or state of the art equipment. It offers investigation and treatment for all types of acute and chronic liver disease, which is increasing in the UK.

The unit performs 200 liver transplants a year, and more than 200 patients with liver failure are admitted to its intensive care unit each year.

King's carried out the first successful transplantation of islet cells part of the pancreas involved in producing insulin in a Type 1 diabetic, greatly reducing his need for injected insulin. Last month, the Department of Health announced plans to establish six new islet transplantation centres round the country, based on the research at King's.

Liver problems are common, and not all patients are lucky enough to be treated at King's. Other highly regarded major centres among the 31 specialist units are the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne; St James's University Hospital, Leeds; University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust; Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

Psychiatry

The Maudsley Hospital

One of Britain's oldest hospitals, the Maudsley's contribution to mental-health care stretches back at least 760 years. It was previously known as the Bethlem and Maudsley Trust, from its origins as the Priory of St Mary of Bethlehem from which the name "Bedlam" comes. It was first referred to as a hospital for the insane in 1403 and was founded on its present south London site by psychiatrist Henry Maudsley in 1907.

Today it is a centre of excellence for the delivery mental-health care. Its addictions centre offers new treatments for drug abuse, alcoholism, eating disorders and smoking, it provides innovative care for disturbed children and adolescents and is the largest mental-health training institute in the country.

It has pioneered new approaches to the treatment of heroin addiction and its specialists have raised concerns over the link between cannabis and schizophrenia which have led the Government to review changes to the law.

Psychiatry is excluded from the new extension to patient-choice but a GP may still be persuaded to seek permission for a referral to the Maudsley from your local primary care trust.

Children

Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust

If you have a child with a rare or complicated disorder, this is the place to come. It is the largest centre for research into childhood illness outside the US, the largest centre for children's cancer in Europe and delivers the widest range of specialist care of any children's hospital in the UK.

Great Ormond Street won't treat just any patient, though: it only accepts specialist referrals from other hospitals and community services – in order to ensure it receives the rare and complex cases and not the routine.

Paediatrics is one of the most rewarding areas of medicine for doctors because it has seen some of the most spectacular advances over the past 30 years, especially in cancer, where survival has improved dramatically.

Many of those cared for at GOSH still have life-threatening conditions but they are promised the best care both because of the expertise of its medical staff and because of the trust's extraordinary success in attracting charitable donations, which have made it among the best-funded medical institutions in the country.

JM Barrie's gift of the royalties from Peter Pan in 1929 has been a vital, and hugely valuable, source of income for the hospital for almost 80 years.

Other commendable children's hospitals include Alder Hey, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

Eyes

Moorfields Eye Hospital

The largest specialist eye hospital in the country and one of the largest in the world, Moorfields was founded in 1805. It treats more patients than any other eye hospital or clinic in the UK and more than half the ophthalmologists practicng in the UK have received specialist training at Moorfields.

The reputation of the trust is such that it has started to run clinics in distant hospitals, capitalizing on its brand. The hospital employs 1,300 staff who work on 13 sites.

Moorfields was founded to treat an epidemic of trachoma, a form of tropical conjunctivitis which still causes blindness in Africa, and was brought back to England by British troops returning from the Napoleonic wars in Egypt.

Moorfields remains Britain's most highly-regarded eye treatment centre. No alternative hospitals have a comparable reputation.

 

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