(Moka, Mauritius) - Apollo Bramwell Hospital and Papworth Hospital, the UK’s leading specialist in the treatment of cardiothoracic disease have signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a ceremony held at the residence of the British High Commissioner in Floreal.
The agreement covers the potential development of a partnership between the two hospitals in the area of cardiac services, around the provision of specialist services and education of key clinical staff.
“We are proud to be associated with Papworth Hospital, which is truly a leader in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology, but is also the UK’s main heart and lung transplant centre. Apollo Bramwell will greatly benefit from the support of Papworth Hospital, which will include the potential for having surgeons and cardiologists performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures at Apollo Bramwell,” explained Mr. David Gray, Deputy Chairman of Apollo Bramwell Hospital.
Papworth Hospital treats over 22,800 inpatient and day cases and 53,400 outpatients each year from across the UK and has performed over 1000 heart and lung transplants. The partnership will bring more possibilities to Mauritian and region patients alike.
“I am delighted to see this MOU between Papworth and the Apollo Bramwell hospital. Papworth is a fantastic institution with a history of outstanding results, including the first ever heart transplant operation in the UK back in 1979. Apollo Bramwell is bringing specialised services to the region for the first time, such as those provided in conjunction with Papworth. It will position Mauritius on the right track to be a services hub for Africa. The UK’s traditional links with Mauritius and the ease of doing business in both countries means we are ideal partners. The UK was the largest investor in Mauritius in 2012 as well as the biggest purchaser of Mauritian goods. Working with our Mauritian friends, we aim to develop and advance these trade and investment links still further to the benefit of both countries,” explained the British High Commissioner to Mauritius, H.E Nick Leake.
Members of the Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Delegation from the UK were present to finalise the agreement. The delegation was composed of Mrs Kate Lancaster, Corporate Services Director, Dr Simon Fynn, Consultant Cardiologist & Director of Cardiac Services, Dr John Dunning, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Director of Surgery and Mrs Ann-Marie Ingle, Director of Nursing.
“This is an exciting opportunity to partner with the impressive Apollo Bramwell Hospital and explore this partnership,”said Mrs Kate Lancaster.
The ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister of Health and Quality of Life, Lormus Bundhoo.
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