Beds boost as £65m hos­pi­tal is planned for QE site

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A NEW £65 mil­lion hos­pi­tal pro­vid­ing more than 70 new beds for NHS pa­tients is set to be built on the site of Birm­ing­ham’s Queen El­iz­a­beth Hos­pi­tal.

It will also in­clude 66 beds for pri­vate pa­tients, a new ra­dio­ther­apy unit and ac­cess to state-ofthe-art op­er­at­ing the­atres.

The deal is a tie-up be­tween Univer­sity Hospi­tals Birm­ing­ham NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (UHB) and the HCA Health­care UK com­pany.

The firm, which de­scribes it­self as the coun­try’s largest provider of pri­vately-funded care, says it will pro­vide ex­tra choice to 500,000 peo­ple in the Mid­lands who ei­ther al­ready have health in­sur­ance or who want to go pri­vate for their treat­ment.

“The new spe­cial­ist hos­pi­tal will pro­vide 72 ex­tra beds for NHS pa­tients that the NHS is not cur­rently able to fund,” said Trust ex­ec­u­tive med­i­cal di­rec­tor Dr Dave Rosser.

“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 in Birm­ing­ham, as well as free­ing up the NHS ca­pac­ity cur­rently used to treat these pa­tients who would choose a pri­vate fa­cil­ity if there was one avail­able.”

Mike Neeb, CEO of HCA Health­care UK, added: “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.”

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