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Health Care - 2003
Common Services Agency is to create 60 new NHS support jobs in Aberdeen over the next six months, while existing staff will relocate to the city's Bridgeview building.
The Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham is planning to build a new £30m treatment centre by 2006, and an international consortium called Nations Healthcare is expected to be the preferred bidder.
Interserve has won a £13m contract from South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust for refurbishment and new build work at Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust has submitted plans to build a £5.6m medical training centre at the Manor Hospital site in Moat Road.
John Laing has been selected as preferred bidder for healthcare projects worth £1.35bn, including the redevelopment of St Bartholomew's and Royal London hospitals in London and two projects in Staffordshire.
Carillion is to build a £25m treatment centre at the Great Western Hospital site in Swindon by 2005.
Norfolk, Suffolk & Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority is planning to recruit 2,000 additional nurses, 300 consultants and 80 GPs across the three counties by 2006, due to a £800m increase in its budget.
East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust is planning to build a new £1.6m control centre site at its Hellesdon site near Norwich.
BT has won contracts worth £1.6bn to develop an electronic patient care record for the NHS, while Accenture has won a £1.1bn NHS contract to modernise its IT infrastructure in the north-east.
Nottingham City Hospital has won government permission to build a £9m four-storey haematology centre.
South Essex Partnership NHS Trust is in talks with three construction groups about its plan to build a £17m mental hospital in Wickford.
Optos, the Dunfermline-based eye care equipment supplier with 120 staff, has raised £5m from a group of investors to expand into continental Europe and Japan.
NHS Local Improvement Finance Trust has announced plans to build ten health centres in Liverpool by 2006, as part of a £20m scheme to upgrade GP and other primary care services.
Staffordshire County Council is creating more than 200 new childcare jobs across the county, having secured a National Lottery grant.
Boots has sold its Hearingcare operation to David Ormerod Hearing Centres of Llandudno, with Ormerod taking responsibility for the provision of hearing care in 64 of its stores.
North Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans from Guardian Care Homes for the £1.5m expansion of the Barrow Hall nursing home in Barrow-upon-Humber, with the creation of 30 jobs.
Gyrus has acquired Explorent, the German supplier of surgical instruments, for up to £3.8m.
Southend Hospital has selected Fossetts Farm as the preferred location for the development of a £100m diagnostics and treatment centre, and a planning proposal is expected to be submitted in December.
The Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow is planning to build a new £15m cancer research complex for 240 staff.
James Hull Associates is considering plans to raise £25m in a flotation on Aim, in order to fund the expansion of its chain of 35 dental practices.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is to invest £20m at Bradford Royal Infirmary and St Luke's Hospital, including building improvements and the installation of the latest medical technology.
Ryhurst has been selected as preferred bidder by the New Forest Primary Care Trust to build a £23m hospital in Lymington.
SchlumbergerSema has won a £64m contract from the NHS to set up an electronic booking system for outpatient appointments.
Carmarthenshire County Council has drawn up plans to spend £17m on care homes over the next 10 years, including the construction of new homes, refurbishments and closures.
Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust has won government approval to build a new £56m heart centre at Basildon Hospital by 2007.
Nottingham City Hospital has confirmed plans to build a £21m cardiac centre by 2005.
Care UK has acquired a 75% stake in Corvedale Holdings, the Shropshire-based provider of residential and educational children's care services, for up to £6m.
Sovereign Capital has acquired Laurel Management Services, the operator of 29 funeral homes in the Midlands, Kent, Hampshire and Hertfordshire, for £21m.
Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust is seeking contractors to build and maintain a four-storey block at the Hull Royal Infirmary, at a cost of between £10m and £20m.
South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust is to build a new £10m hospital in Pershore to replace Pershore Cottage Hospital and Pershore Health Centre.
Medical Solutions is to move to a new office and laboratory complex on the Nottingham Business Park by the end of the year, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust has awarded a £4m contract to Cowlin Construction to build a new mental health unit in Penarth.
Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust has awarded a £3m contract to Kier to extend its ambulatory diagnostic treatment unit at the Stracathro Hospital in Dundee.
Care UK has been selected by the NHS as preferred bidder to build treatment centres in Plymouth, Maidstone and South Yorkshire.
Unilever is to sell its dental care business in the US and Canada to Church & Dwight for £65m.
Torex has acquired HAS Solutions, the Australian supplier of clinical trauma systems, for £12m.
Gyrus has acquired Entermed, the distributor of medical products in Belgium and the Netherlands, for £1.5m.
Biocompatibles is looking to spend up to £73m on acquisitions to expand its medical devices business.
Bridgepoint Capital has acquired a majority stake in Robina Care Group, the Bath-based operator of 51 nursing homes, for £35m, and Bank of Scotland is to provide a further £15m to fund acquisitions.
Nord Anglia Education is to acquire Petits Enfants, the operator of nine nurseries in the London area, for £3.2m, and a £10m share placing will fund further acquisitions.
Coventry City Council is considering plans from Coventry Primary Care Trust to build a mental health resource centre at Coventry & Warwickshire Hospital.
Casualty Plus is planning to set up a further six private casualty units over the next two years, with the first opening in Brentford in October.
Camden Primary Care Trust has awarded a £1m contract to Motives to build a new office in north London.
Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust is to choose between HBG and Mansell to build a £20m liver treatment centre in west London by April 2005.
Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust has approved plans for the development of a £2m emergency medical admissions centre at Glan Clwyd hospital in Bodelwyddan.
Craegmoor Healthcare has raised £245m in a bond issue to reduce debt and fund the expansion of its residential care business, which currently has 7,500 staff in 300 homes.
Ashton Leigh & Wigan Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £3m health centre in Atherton.
West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds has won approval to build a new £2.2m oncology unit by June 2004.
Alfred McAlpine has won a £170m contract to build new patient and research facilities at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
The Royal Society of Medicine has awarded a £6m contract to Killby & Gayford to refurbish its London headquarters.
County Durham & Darlington Priority Services NHS Trust has awarded a £16m contract to Balfour Beatty and Balfour Kilpatrick to build the West Park mental health hospital in Darlington.
Carillion has been selected as preferred bidder to develop a 1,200-bed hospital in Portsmouth.
Central Cheshire Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £3m health centre in Shavington.
North Somerset Council has awarded a £2.5m contract to Henry W Pollard to build a healthy living centre in Weston-super-Mare.
Yeovil District Hospital is planning a £7m refurbishment and expansion project.
Sunderland Council has awarded outline planning permission for the development of a £40m mental hospital and housing on the site of the Cherry Knowle Hospital in Ryhope.
Uttlesford Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £2m health centre in Stansted over the next two years.
Metis is to open its second physiotherapy centre in the basement of London's Theatre Royal in September, and will then consider opening two high street locations.
Medical Solutions is to acquire Farrer-Brown, the London-based histopathology laboratory with eight staff, from Sonic Healthcare.
United Drug has acquired Mantis Surgical, the Newbury-based supplier of medical equipment with 17 staff, for £5.6m.
Crawley Primary Care Trust is planning to spend £17m developing services at Crawley Hospital, having dropped plans to build a new hospital at nearby Pease Pottage.
Gloucestershire Ambulance Service has announced plans to set up a new £1.7m headquarters at the Ashville Business Park in Staverton by March 2004, and the existing sites in Cheltenham and Gloucester will be sold.
Shetland Islands Council is looking into the possibility of using private finance to build a new £44m hospital in Lerwick.
Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £3.5m one-stop health centre in Winson Green by 2004.
Derby City Council has approved plans from Greater Derby Primary Care Trust to build a £4m health centre in Alvaston.
DePuy, the manufacturer of orthopaedic implants, is to set up a 45,000 sq ft headquarters at the White Rose office park in Leeds.
The Department of Health has announced a £50m funding package to develop the use of genetics in health care over the next three years, including the upgrade of genetics laboratories throughout the country.
Getinge is planning to create up to 20 new jobs at the Boldon Business Park on Tyneside this year, following a rise in NHS demand for its operating theatre equipment.
The Ministry of Defence is seeking a 40-acre site in Birmingham to build a medical training facility with 2,000 staff, which would involve the relocation of operations from Gosport and Aldershot.
University College London NHS Trust is in discussions to set up a 150,000 sq ft office at 250 Euston Road in London.
Eric Wright Group has won a £65m contract to build ten health centres across Lancashire.
Randox Laboratories, the manufacturer of medical diagnostic test products, is to invest £123m in County Antrim with the creation of 810 jobs over the next three years.
Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust is to relocate administrative staff to a new office in Acre Mills, Lindley, in order to free up space for clinical development at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Carillion has been selected as preferred bidder for a £80m five-year contract to build and provide facilities management services for surgeries and other primary care units in Birmingham.
Just Learning has acquired CareShare, the Scottish chain of 20 nurseries, for £17m, creating a combined group with 56 sites and 1,200 staff.
Hampshire County Council is considering plans for the development of three new nursing homes in Aldershot, Basingstoke and Fareham, at a cost of £60m.
CustomVis is planning to raise up to £15m on Aim to develop a new eye laser treatment system, with the funds being used to increase production and develop a sales and service infrastructure.
Essex Strategic Health Authority has announced details of an additional £400m investment in local health services over the next three years, with the recruitment of 242 nurses, 68 consultants, 162 advisers and 356 health care assistants.
The Northern General hospital in Sheffield has won approval for a £30m scheme to replace a number of outdated wards with a new 168-bed ward block, with construction work starting next year.
The National Assembly for Wales has approved plans for the £60m refurbishment of the Ysbyty Glan Clwyd hospital in Bodelwyddan, including four new wards.
Carmarthenshire NHS Trust has announced proposals for the £4m redevelopment of the accident and emergency department at Carmarthen's Glangwili Hospital.
East & North Herts NHS Trust and developer Ryhurst have agreed contracts for the £8.5m redevelopment of Hertford County Hospital, with construction work starting in July.
Medical Solutions has acquired the Welcare Pathology Laboratory from the Welcare Hospital in Dubai for up to £12m.
King's Mill Hospital at Mansfield is to undergo a £150m expansion scheme, with construction due to start in 2006.
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust is to recruit up to 344 additional staff at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield and General hospitals, having secured an extra £33m of NHS funding.
East Lancashire Hospitals Trust has selected a consortium headed by Bovis Lend Lease as preferred bidder for a £27m redevelopment project at Burnley General Hospital.
Borough of Poole is to soon receive plans for the development of a £35m maternity, neonatal and gynaecology hospital on the current site of St Mary's Hospital.
North & West Belfast Health Trust has outlined plans for the £7.2m redevelopment of Muckamore Abbey Hospital near Antrim, including a new admission and treatment unit and a specialist forensic unit.
Arran Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is seeking bidders for a £18m contract to build a maternity unit at Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock.
Hoylake Cottage Hospital Trust is planning to rebuild its community hospital in Wirral at a cost of £3.5m, having submitted plans for the development of a 60-bed centre over the next two years.
Derby City Council is considering plans from Central Derby Primary Care Trust to build a £3m health centre on the site of Village Community School.
Breckland Council is to consider plans from West Norfolk Primary Care Trust for the construction of a £2m health centre in Swaffham.
University of Wolverhampton has awarded a £4m contract to Interserve to build a school of health.
The Department of Health is to spend up to £182m on the expansion of the NHS Direct telephone advice line and online services by 2006, in order to provide more capacity and double the number of calls.
Worthing & Southlands Hospital NHS Trust has awarded a £2.6m contract to Elliott of Bradford to build a three-storey block at Worthing Hospital.
Just Learning is opening a new nursery at the Cobalt Business Park on North Tyneside with the creation of 30 jobs, and expects to expand its chain from 36 to 40 by next year.
Barchester Healthcare Homes has awarded a £2.5m contract to Thermabuild to build a nursing home in Lowestoft.
Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust has secured approval to build a new £250m hospital on the site of the current Edith Cavell Hospital, with work starting in 2005.
Mid Cheshire Hospitals Trust has secured £10m to fund the development of a diagnostic and treatment centre at Leighton Hospital in Crewe.
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is seeking a contractor to build a £35m extension at Derriford Hospital.
Smith & Nephew has agreed to acquire Centerpulse, the Swiss medical technology company, for £1.5bn, creating the world's third largest orthopaedics group.
Oasis Healthcare has acquired dental practices in Andover, Longfield, St Albans and Wrexham for £1.9m, expanding its estate to 128 sites.
Carillion is in negotiations with the Swindon & Marlborough NHS Trust to build a £25m diagnostic and treatment centre at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
South Lanarkshire Council is to consider plans from Dawn Construction for the development of a new hospital in Stonehouse, including a 40-bed ward for the elderly, although a decision is yet to made on funding the project.
The Department of Health is planning legislation for the creation of community-owned foundation hospitals, and existing healthcare companies will also be invited to become public interest companies.
Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust is to build a £1.6m cardiac catheter laboratory at the Peterborough District Hospital by the end of 2004.
Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust has awarded a £3.8m contract to Elliott to build a new wing at Bedford Hospital.
Southampton City Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £2m medical centre in Millbrook by autumn 2004.
Hartest Holdings is to sell its Haverhill-based laboratory furnishings division to management for up to £3.3m, in order to focus on medical services and instrumentation.
North East Wales NHS Trust is planning to build a new community hospital in Holywell by 2006, in order to replace the existing Lluesty rehabilitation hospital and Holywell Hospital.
Portland Group, the County Durham-based operator of 12 care homes, is planning to open at least two new sites a year, with the creation of 200 new jobs by 2007.
Doncaster & South Humber Healthcare NHS Trust has won approval to build a £5m mental health unit for up to 28 full time patients in Ashby.
Torex has acquired the laboratory, radiology, oncology, mental health and primary care operations of InHealth Solutions for £3.5m, in order to strengthen its market position for hospital IT systems.
Lincoln Hospitals NHS Trust has awarded a £3.5m contract to Bradford-based Elliot to build a ward at Lincoln County Hospital.
New Forest Primary Care Trust is planning to build a new £23m hospital in Lymington.
Surrey & Sussex NHS Trust has announced plans to build a £15m 60-bed acute ward at the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill.
Kidderminster Hospital is to receive a further £6m investment, having won government approval for a new orthopaedic theatre.
Interactivity Group is to acquire L&P-MCC, the healthcare advisory firm, for £7.4m.
Aberdeenshire Council is considering plans from Carlton Rock for the development of a £2.5m medical centre in Westhill.
Merthyr Tydfil Council is to receive plans from North Glamorgan NHS Trust for the development of a new neighbourhood hospital.
Rydon has been selected as preferred bidder for a £50m contract to build five mental health units in the Bristol area for Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
Bluestone has won a £5.7m contract from Apollo Capital Projects to build a health campus in Wells, Somerset.
Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has received bids from the Consort and New Hospitals consortia for a £200m facilities management and refurbishment contract at hospitals in Wakefield and Pontefract.
Eyebright is planning to open a chain of 25 eye cataract clinics across the country over the next five years, funded by a £2m share issue on the ShareMark dealing system.
Wear Valley District Council is considering plans from Ladhar Group for the development of a private care home for the elderly in Bishop Auckland, which would create 80 jobs.
Allerdale Council is to consider plans for the development of a new £10m hospital in Workington.
Ipswich Hospital has announced proposals to build a £24m intensive care centre, including four theatres.
Rochford District Council is to consider plans for the £22m transformation of part of Rochford Hospital into a new mental health unit.
Penlon is to relocate its medical equipment manufacturing business to a new site at the Abingdon Science Park, and has also announced a £26m management buy-out backed by Kleinwort Capital.
Northern Venture Managers has provided backing for a management buy-out at RBF Group, the Melbourn-based manufacturer of healthcare products, heat shields and seat covers with 20 staff.
Vale Royal Borough Council is considering plans from Gehe for the development of a £1.7m primary care medical health centre and pharmacy in Northwich.
Bouygues is set to win a £67m contract to build an emergency care unit at the Central Middlesex Hospital in London.
Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust has awarded a £8m contract to Gleeson to build a four-ward unit at University Hospital Aintree near Liverpool.
Try Construction has won a £9m contract from the Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust to extend the Epsom Hospital Orthopaedic Centre.
Costain has won a £8m contract to refurbish the West Wing at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London.
Aortech is to sell its commercial heart valve business to Kohler Chemie of Germany for £2.7m.
Care UK has acquired Premiere Homecare, the London-based care provider, from Match Group for up to £2m.
Jarvis has won a £97m contract to build and operate the UK's first PFI ambulatory care centre at the City Hospital in Birmingham.
Aortech is looking to sell its commercial operations in order to focus on the development of a new polymer heart valve, and a significant number of the 130 jobs are expected to be lost.
Ferraris has acquired Del Mar Medical, the US supplier of heart monitors, for £6.2m.