A new £65million hospital providing more than 70 new beds for NHS patients is set to be built on the site of Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The development will also include 66 beds for private patients and will include a new radiotherapy unit and access to state-of-the-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 described itself as the country’s largest provider of privately-funded care, said it would provide extra choice to 500,000 people in the Midlands who either already had health insurance or wanted to go private for their treatment.
The Trust’s executive medical director, Dr Dave Rosser, 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 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 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.”