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Hospital opened by Harry is ‘outstanding’

Mildmay Mission Hospital, a charitable Christian organisation that was officially opened by Prince Harry in 2015, has been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Based in East London, Mildmay Hospital provides medical treatment, therapies, nursing care and rehabilitation for people with severe and complex HIV-related health conditions, including HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder (HAND), also known as AIDS Dementia.

It is the only facility in Europe dedicated to the rehabilitation of people with HIV related brain injury. Its specialist programme and multi-disciplinary approach mean that 85 per cent of patients return to independent living on discharge from Mildmay.

“I am delighted that the compassionate care provided by our staff, the dedication of our volunteers and the impact of our work with patients has been recognised with an ‘Outstanding’ CQC rating,” said Dr Ross White, chief executive.

The CQC found that there was a clearly defined organisational culture at Mildmay, based on Christian values and a charitable history going back to 1866.
It was also found that patients of all faiths and those of no faith were welcomed and treated equally, and that the chaplaincy team had good local links with organisations to facilitate specific religious and cultural needs.

“The CQC inspectors also saw how we use computer technology in a therapeutic way to help patients improve their cognitive health and build their skills for independent living,” added Dr White. “We share this success with our wonderful supporters whose financial donations and prayers enable our work to continue to such a high standard. We are deeply grateful to them all.”

Since opening their new 26-bed-hospital, Mildmay has featured on BBC One documentary The Truth About HIV. It has welcomed some prestigious visitors including Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Canterbury and Prince Harry.

Picture: Prince Harry jokes with Catherine Ward staff at the opening of Mildmay Mission Hopsital in East London, which specialises in treating HIV related conditions.