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November – IHC news round up

Competition heats up in healthcare market

Four years after the Competition Commission (the predecessor to the CMA) started an investigation into the private healthcare market, with a sharp focus on London’s private hospitals, the scene is beginning to change in the capital.

The Commission found that completion was poor, and ordered HCA to sell off one or two hospitals – a decision against which HCA appealed, and which was finally not enforced.

And now, according to Private Healthcare UK, competition is beginning to heat up in the London market, with a number of international investors making headway. The Cleveland Clinic, which has a 165-acre campus in Cleveland, Ohio and a number of other facilities in the US, Canada and elsewhere has submitted plans for a 205-bed facility near Buckingham Palace.

Meanwhile, Private Healthcare UK reports that Spire Healthcare is thought to have been in talks with a view to opening a 130-bed hospital within two years. The facility would be the group’s first in central London.

Outside London, Spire Healthcare is currently preparing for the opening of its brand new Tollerton Hospital in Nottingham. Doors are expected to open in the first part of 2017, and the hospital recently welcomed its local MP, Ken Clarke, who came to see the progress of the buildings last month.

Will Pressley, hospital director, said of the visit: “With around 6 months until we open it has been an excellent opportunity to discuss the important part our hospital will play in supporting the local community and how proud we are to be associated with Nottingham and the surrounding regions. We are extremely pleased with the positive feedback we have received from local residents, the medical community and those who wish to join our team.”

St Joseph’s Hospital, Newport aims for the top

St Joseph’s Hospital in Newport, Wales, has undergone a £10m investment programme which it says makes it one of the best-equipped private hospitals in the country. St Joseph’s has long been a leading provider of healthcare to Wales and the South West, but following its investment and re-launch it has upped its game substantially.

St Joseph’s boasts cutting edge diagnostic capabilities put to expert use by some 160 leading consultants and an experienced nursing team. The hospital has 12 centres of excellence, which include UrgentCare, a private accident and emergency department which treats non-limb or life threatening medical illnesses, diseases and minor injuries, Clinical Physiotherapy, Cosmetic surgery, a Cardiology Centre and Health Assessment Centre.

Its new Centre for Advanced Diagnostics is perhaps the cherry on the cake. Equipped with some of the most advanced technology available, the centre allows for extraordinary levels of accuracy in patient diagnosis.

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