The Private Healthcare Information Network (PHIN) has published information about health outcomes and risk of infections for privately-funded patient healthcare in the UK.
According to the data, 98.8% of private patients treated either in an independent hospital or NHS Private Patient Unit reported improvement in their health following hip replacement surgery, while 95.3% of private patients reported improved health following private knee surgery.
This is the first time that information on health outcomes has been published for patients receiving privately-funded care in the UK, covering over 100 independent hospitals and NHS private patient units.
There is also new data on the risk of infection at 282 independent hospitals and NHS private patient units, accounting for an estimated 85% of privately-funded admitted patient care across the UK.
The infections data, covering the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, shows there were 305 reported healthcare associated infections across 1.4 million “bed days” of care. These are serious infections such as MRSA bacteraemia.
E.coli is the most common healthcare-associated infection reported in private healthcare, with an overall rate of 9.3 in 100,000 bed days.
There were also 58 reported surgical site infections across 28,900 patients undergoing hip and knee replacement procedures.
Privately-funded patients having hip or knee replacement surgery had a 0.2% risk of developing a surgical site infection.
Dr Andrew Vallance-Owen, chair of PHIN, said patients now have access to better information about private healthcare, and can have more informed conversations with their consultant and hospital about both their likely outcomes and their potential risk of developing an infection.
“I’m particularly delighted that we are starting to see clearer evidence of the positive impact of treatment for private patients. Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) not only provide reassurance about the quality of services, but also help specialists to confirm what matters to their patients before treatment, and measure how treatment has met those needs following treatment,” he added.
David Hare, chief executive of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network, said the figures demonstrate the high-quality care found across the independent hospital sector, with providers delivering excellent outcomes for patients.
“Having meaningful information such as PROMS data at their fingertips is key in enabling patients to make more informed decisions about where to receive their care and we welcome PHIN’s work in this area,” he added.
The publication of the information follows a 2014 investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, which found there was a lack of information about quality, safety and price for patients considering private treatment in the UK.