State of the art Knee Unit reopens at The Wellington Hospital

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The Knee Unit at The Wellington Hospital, London’s only dedicated knee surgery unit, has officially reopened following extensive refurbishment.

The Unit, which was originally established 25 years ago to serve the local population in St John’s Wood, provides patients with immediate access to world-class care from the team of leading knee specialists; from diagnosis right through to surgery and rehabilitation all on one site.

The Unit has seen a steady increase in demand for its services over the years with more than 2,000 patients through its doors last year. The team expects to see even more patients this year, and treats everyone from children to elite athletes, ‘weekend warriors’ and those with arthritis.


To meet this increasing demand the Unit has been remodelled with state-of-the-art MRI, ultrasound, hybrid imaging and interventional radiology equipment to speed up diagnoses. The team has expanded to 10 surgeons, who use the latest advances in technology to make recovery and rehabilitation easier and faster. Catering to the busy schedules of its patients, the team provides appointments at a place and a time to suit them, including now at weekends at the Unit in St John’s Wood.

The Unit is based at The Wellington Hospital, part of HCA Healthcare UK, meaning that patients benefit from innovations and expertise from across the group, as well as the hospital’s in-patient care and specialist facilities including complex surgical capabilities, acute admissions unit, orthopaedic gym and the largest private intensive care unit in London.


Mr Howard Ware, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and director of The Wellington Knee Unit, said:

“The Knee Unit we have created at The Wellington Hospital is truly unique. This new refurbishment was a necessary step for us to take to continue providing high quality, cutting edge treatment and provide the best standard of care for our patients. Our philosophy is very much about providing patients with individual care and joint expertise.”

Sarah Fisher, chief executive officer of The Wellington Hospital said:

“The Knee Unit is a real asset for The Wellington Hospital. The multidisciplinary team have always dedicated themselves to providing innovative, comprehensive care to all patients, and this refurbishment allows them to continue to provide world-leading care. We recognise that many of our patients have demanding schedules so we are pleased to be able to provide the highest quality services at a time and place that is convenient for them.”


Jodie Kidd, model, sports personality and former patient at the Knee Unit, attended last night’s event to mark the reopening of the centre. She said:

“I’ve always been extremely active and I love a challenge, but through injuries I’ve suffered over the years I’ve learned that you can’t take your body for granted.

“Knee problems in particular can be extremely immobilising but I am lucky to have received fantastic treatment for my ligament injury from Mr Gupte and the team. The Unit looks great after the renovations and it’s an incredible resource to have on our doorstep.”


About The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington, part of HCA Healthcare UK, is a leading private hospital in London with an international reputation for excellence in complex healthcare. The hospital has gained four decades of expertise in treating patients from the UK and overseas and offers a premium service in key areas of healthcare, including: neurosurgery, spinal surgery, cardiac care, orthopaedics, acute neurological rehabilitation and gynaecology.

About HCA Healthcare UK

HCA Healthcare UK is the country's largest provider of privately funded care, with 800,000 patient interactions every year.  From complex and urgent care, to primary care, outpatient and day-case treatment, we provide exceptional care across our network of facilities in London and Manchester.  Healthcare UK includes London Bridge Hospital, The Portland Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, The Lister Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital, The Wellington Hospital, 52 Alderley Road, Roodlane Medical Ltd, Blossoms Healthcare and HCA Joint Ventures.