At a time when the National Health Service (NHS) is undergoing critical scrutiny following numerous revelations of poor care and mismanagement, this book tells the story of an independent hospital, which working in partnership with the NHS yet remaining outside the state system, provides a very high quality of care for patients which is free at the point of delivery.
The story of the Horder Centre falls conveniently into two parts. Part one describes the time from its founding until the death of its founder, Cecilia Bochenek, in 1981. Part two describes the establishment of the surgical unit there and the development of a modern joint replacement service.
To maintain the status quo is no longer tenable. A radical change is needed in the NHS and if the independent sector or the private sector can assist in that endeavour, their contribution should be welcomed not resisted.
Stuart Charles Gallannaugh MS FRCS FRCSE was born in Surrey in 1935. Educated at Epsom College, after National Service with the Royal Corps of Signals, he went to St Thomas’ Hospital to study medicine. Qualifying in 1961, a developing interest in orthopaedic surgery took him during training to the Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Hospital and in due course Guy’s Hospital. He was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to St George’s Hospital, London in 1974. Whilst there he was Orthopaedic Tutor to the St George’s Hospital and South West Thames Orthopaedic Training Scheme and an examiner in surgery for the University of London.
In 1980 he decided to move to Hastings where the demand for joint replacement surgery was very great. He became a member of Council of the British Orthopaedic Association, President of the Orthopaedic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, Regional Advisor in Orthopaedic Surgery to the Royal College of Surgeons and Chairman of the South East Thames Regional Orthopaedic Specialist Sub-committee and Orthopaedic Higher Training Committee. In 2002 he was awarded Honorary Membership of the Section of Orthopaedics of the Royal Society of Medicine and in 2008 the status of Fellow Emeritus of the British Association for Surgery of the Knee of which he was a founder member.
Now retired from clinical practice he serves as a director of the Horder Centre at Crowborough and as chairman of a number of committees in his local community at the same time pursuing his interests of fishing, gardening, bell ringing and driving his vintage Bristol car.