New London agency could promote medical tourism


London & Partners, a new single agency with a remit to attract tourism, inward investment and international students to the UK capital has been launched to take over the work carried out previously by Visit London, Think London and Study London. London currently welcomes 25 million visitors every year. London & Partners aims to deliver a single strategy for the promotion of London both domestically and abroad by working with both the private sector and many specialist organizations. The agency will also be able to take on activities that fell between the previous organisations, such as promoting medical tourism, but probably not until after the Olympic Games in 2012.

London & Partners is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee that will work with other organisations in the capital and across the world to ensure that London is globally recognised as the ‘best big city on earth’. In an ever more competitive global economy, it has never been more important to promote leisure and business tourism, foreign direct investment and business growth as well as attracting major events, conferences, meetings and overseas students- especially with London gearing up for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Many London hospitals do already attract substantial numbers of medical tourists as private patients. They come because London offers treatments they may not have at home, top quality and the option for their partners and, from the Middle East an entire accompanying party, to enjoy the attractions of London.

Spire Healthcare is one of the largest private hospital groups with 40 hospitals and clinics across the UK, including 3 in London. Spire International, co-coordinates and delivering the healthcare needs of patients who are travelling from abroad for medical treatment. Spire International welcomes patients from all over the world with a wide range of services .It works closely with medical referrers / sponsors including country embassies, country health offices and military offices, sports teams, private corporate companies, and consultancy companies handling international medical care.

HCA International has six hospitals and four outpatient treatment centres in London including: the Harley Street Clinic, London Bridge Hospital, the Lister Hospital, the Portland Hospital, the Princess Grace Hospital, the Wellington Hospital and Harley Street at UCH. It has 727 beds in London. It has 11 overseas referral offices that deal with everything from booking to aftercare. The international office in London offers a wide range of services including special arrangements for government sponsored or company funded treatment. The Wellington Hospital in North London, the country’s largest private hospital, has taken delivery of the latest £ 1.5 million version of the Da Vinci surgical robot, the Da Vinci SI, which allows surgeon to see 3D/HD images of the surgery site ensuring greater accuracy than ever before and will be used for major operations ranging from prostrate surgery, the repair of heart valves, to complex liver and kidney surgery.



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