So here we are again! Having been one of the founders of Medihome, back in 2003, I am very proud that, with some of the successful team that set Medihome up, we have done it again. Our new, much improved, service is called HomeLink Healthcare, offering hospital at home services with an even higher quality of care.
And what a journey it’s been! When I first had the idea of Medihome, I was a hospital consultant on the front line of the NHS and could see the day to day problems of trying to run an acute service in a very busy teaching hospital alongside trying to supply elective treatment and surgery. I could see that something had to be done differently. Something fundamental in the way the NHS was run just had to change if it was to survive, and certainly if it was to become more efficient. So, I set out with the vision to create a service that could eventually revolutionise the way care is provided to patients and HomeLink is the next stage in this process. It has been an interesting journey and I have learnt so much along the way.
One of the most frustrating things that I hear, and wherever it comes from it shows great ignorance, is the cry against private companies supplying services to the NHS. I am all for proper due diligence being done on any company supplying services, to ensure quality of care and that any private company isn’t taking huge profits at the expense of the NHS. To address the issue, we at HomeLink, for example, don’t give dividends to anyone and any profits are just put back in to supplying patient care.
Some commentators are just so blinkered by the fact that a company is privately owned that they froth at the mouth in indignation at the mere thought of it, despite the fact that the company; might be offering a service that the NHS can’t provide, might be improving care of patients and even saving the NHS money. All this whilst still providing care to the patient that is free at the point of delivery, the basic tenet of the NHS.
At HomeLink, we fulfil all the above. We only exist to improve the NHS and having worked in the NHS for over 30 years I feel very strongly about how we run our company and I am very lucky to be able to work with such an amazing team at HomeLink and I know that they all have the same ethos and vision as myself.
Dr David Lomax
Founder HomeLink Healthcare
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