July 12, 2017

New £65million specialist hospital facility planned for Birmingham

Today University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and HCA Healthcare UK announced plans to build a £65million 138 bed specialist hospital facility offering both NHS and private care on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham campus.


The specialist hospital facility, planned for 2020, will treat patients over the age of 18 and will increase capacity for NHS patients providing 72 new beds, a new radiotherapy unit and access to new state-of-the-art operating theatres.


Plans for the 14,000 square metre hospital will also include 66 private beds, owned and run by HCA Healthcare UK who will deliver high quality private care across a range of specialities on site. 

The hospital will be equipped with the latest technology to provide some of the most complex surgical and medical procedures in cancer, cardiology, neurology, hepatobiliary, urology, orthopaedics and stem cell transplantation.


This will give patients access to a level of acute private healthcare not currently available to the 500,000 people* in the region who have private health insurance or who want to self-pay for their care.

HCA Healthcare UK and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust are working with Prime, a specialist health property company, to develop plans for the hospital and will be holding sessions with the local community to involve them and update them on the progress of the project. More information on how to get involved will be announced over the coming months.


Dr Dave Rosser, Executive Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust said:
“The new specialist hospital will provide 72 extra beds for NHS patients that the NHS is not currently able to fund. The Trust has no physical capacity in our existing hospitals to provide extra beds so this additional provision – on site – will be a huge support in managing our ever-increasing patient numbers. 

“We know there are also patients who wish to have their complex procedure/condition treated in the private sector. Currently, they have to travel for this specialist provision or have their treatment in NHS facilities in the region. We therefore welcome HCA Healthcare UK’s support in providing that choice for patients here in Birmingham as well as freeing up the NHS capacity currently used to treat these patients who would chose a private facility if there was one available. As a result of this group of patients being treated privately, more patients will be able to receive their complex treatment on the NHS within the Trust.
“The development will also provide UHB with an additional revenue stream to reinvest into NHS patient care.”


Mike Neeb, CEO HCA Healthcare UK said: 
“We are extremely proud to be working with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, with its internationally renowned reputation as a centre of medical excellence and innovation. 
“This new hospital will build on this reputation offering a state-of-the-art new facility and expanding access to complex high quality private healthcare in the West Midlands.”


Claire Smith, CEO, HCA UK Joint Ventures said:
“We are committed to working with leading NHS Trusts to provide high quality healthcare. We have partnered with the NHS for over 10 years now and continue to focus on providing wider patient choice, particularly for acute private care.

“Birmingham is already a hub for quality healthcare in the UK and University Hospitals Birmingham are a significant driving force behind this. This exciting partnership will increase capacity and resources for University Hospitals Birmingham whilst enabling us to bring acute complex private healthcare to the region, generate local economic growth and create new job opportunities.”


HCA Healthcare UK already has a network of leading private hospitals - across the UK and more than a decade of experience working in partnership with NHS trusts to deliver specialist private care. Long standing partnerships with University College Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust and The Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester, and now University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, will enable HCA UK to continue to provide safe, quality, complex private care, whilst generating valuable resource for NHS partners.



*Data from market share analysis 2014, Finnamore data


About HCA Healthcare UK 
HCA Healthcare UK is the country's largest provider of privately funded care, treating 800,000 patients every year. From complex and urgent care, to primary care, outpatient and day-case treatment, we provide care across our network of facilities in London, Essex and Manchester.
HCA Healthcare UK includes London Bridge Hospital, The Portland Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, The Lister Hospital, The Princess Grace Hospital, The Wellington Hospital, Roodlane Medical Ltd, and Blossoms Healthcare. 
HCA Healthcare UK has over a decade of experience in working together with leading NHS Trusts and teaching hospitals to deliver privately funded care whilst generating significant resource and capacity for the NHS Trust. HCA UK already work in partnership with The Christie in Manchester, University College Hospital London, and Queen’s Hospital London and have just opened four floors in the Guys and St Thomas Cancer Centre in London.


About University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
UHB runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) and the original Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) and hosts the Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM)

The Trust has approximately 1,400 beds, 32 theatres and a 100-bedded critical care until - the largest in Europe 

QEHB is a Major Trauma Centre treating the most severely injured casualties from across the region 

The hospitals are a regional centre for trauma, burns, plastics, neurosciences and cancer and in 2014 became a lead genomics centre as part of the NHS 100,000 genomes project

UHB has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe

In 2016/17, UHB cared for over 1 million patients and currently employs over 9,500 members of staff

UHB is a Foundation Trust and has over 23,000 members

UHB is proud to host the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM). The RCDM provides dedicated training for defence personnel and is a focus for medical research. 

UHB also holds the contract for providing medical services to military personnel evacuated from overseas via the aero medical service. UHB is one of only a small number of hospitals that can provide the full range of medical specialties – trauma, burns, plastics, orthopaedics, neurosurgery, critical care - needed to treat the complex nature of conflict injuries, all under one roof.

The pioneering techniques in surgery and pain control that we have developed whilst treating military patients are recognised worldwide. These techniques are now being used for civilian surgery in the UK and elsewhere and are being progressed through the Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre (SRMRC).


About Prime

Prime is a healthcare property business operating across the whole healthcare market. The group was formed in 1996 bringing together expertise in property investment, design, development and healthcare. This diversity affords the agility to swiftly adapt services and business models to help clients improve patient and staff experience and deliver more for their local health economy. Its focus is strategic planning, sourcing, design, development, funding, ownership and management of health and social care properties. The group acts as a strategic and commercial property partner for NHS trusts in the UK, local authorities, GPs and other providers who can source all their property and estates services from Prime - from strategic planning to project delivery. 
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