Julian Teare is medical director of OneWelbeck Healthcare and Chairman of the OneWelbeck Digestive Health group. Its new facility, opened in July 2019, diagnoses and manages gut disorders, with an endoscopy service specialising in colonoscopy.
The leadership team spent years looking at global best practice and visiting clinics around the world prior to creating the facility, in order to best serve patients.
Bowel or colon cancer affects one in 14 men and one in 19 women, and is highly preventable with a screening colonoscopy, usually performed from the age of 45.
The facility has been an instant success, with Teare describing the OneWelbeck experience as ‘so much better’ than private hospital alternatives. ‘The facility was created to make the process as easy and stress free as possible for any client – especially HNWs,’ he tells Spear’s. ‘There is a large, comfortable waiting area before the client is taken through to their own private pod with an en-suite bathroom.’
‘The procedure can be entirely painless, so can be performed unsedated – but where sedation is preferred by a patient, it is delivered by an anaesthetist, so optimising the experience.’
OneWelbeck is a partnership formed from a small group of established experts and future leaders. Partners are chosen for their expertise in colonoscopy, the most effective screening tool to detect and remove polyps in the bowel which have the potential to turn into bowel cancer.
OneWelbeck clients are suitably impressed. ‘The layout and organisation helps to speed things up, reports one patient. ‘This reduces anxiety, and it is also extremely comfortable. The staff are great too – from the young lady on reception, through the nurses to the theatre staff.’
Since launch three years ago, Teare describes interest in OneWelbeck from the medical community as ‘phenomenal’.
In addition to the 22 physicians in the gastroenterology group partnership, there are now over 100 clinicians involved including cardiologists, orthopaedic surgeons, gastrointestinal surgeons, ear nose and throat surgeons, respiratory physicians and radiologists. During the late 2019 and into 2020, other groups will also be joining, including women’s health, endocrinology and musculoskeletal medicine. By 2020 it is expected that over 200 doctors will be practising at this truly unique facility.