One million medical items delivered to Ukraine

News - 16TH NOVEMBER 2022

Independent healthcare providers, including two HSMA clinics, have been working with Ukraine’s UK embassy to get essential medical supplies to the war-torn country  

A group of independent healthcare providers including The London Clinic and Fortius Clinic have donated more than a million medical supplies to Ukraine to assist in the ongoing crisis resulting from Russia’s invasion and occupation.

Working in partnership with Ukraine’s UK embassy and the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN), the Harley Street Medical Area providers have been part of an effort to get items including anaesthetic machines, defibrillators, blood pressure pumps and first aid to areas in Ukraine where help is most needed.

The donations, which included items specifically requested by the Ukraine embassy, have been transported via ambulances and lorries with help from the Ukrainian Action NGO and logistics company Flexport.

The nine IHPN members who donated are Alliance Medical, Fortius Clinic, Horder Healthcare, Nuffield Health, Partnering Health, Practice Plus Group, Ramsay Health Care, Spire Healthcare, Sciensus and The London Clinic. In addition, many other independent healthcare providers donated money and medical supplies and support to Ukraine through other routes.

Danielle Henry, assistant director at IHPN, said: “In light of the devastating situation in Ukraine, IHPN have been proud to work with the Embassy of Ukraine in the UK and other NGOs to play our part in supporting the region and ensure urgently needed medical supplies can get to those in need. IHPN would like to thank all our members who have donated so generously and we will continue to work with Embassy of Ukraine in the UK to offer further practical support and humanitarian assistance where we can.”

The London Clinic’s staff members have led activities including raising money via bake sales and lighting the main hospital building blue and yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag. In April, one of its consultants ran a marathon to raise funds for the British Red Cross humanitarian appeal working in Ukraine.

Luis Pedro, operations director at The London Clinic, said: “The London Clinic was hugely saddened by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and our community wanted to help in any way that we could. Working with the IHPN, we resolved to get medical supplies into the areas that need them and to help healthcare personnel with the equipment to carry out their vital work.  We are proud to have reached the milestone of getting one million supplies into the region, but more still can be done and we remain committed to supporting the people of Ukraine.”

Nicola Aspinall, chief operating officer, Fortius Clinic, added: “Fortius Clinic is proud to support the Embassy of Ukraine by donating essential medical supplies, which we hope will make a difference to those who very much need it during this difficult time.”