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Health Care - 2005
Multi Group is to acquire Global Medics, the provider of locum doctors to the NHS and the private sector with offices in London and Yorkshire, for £14m.
Bespak is to acquire King Systems Corporation, the US supplier of disposable face masks and airway tubes, for £54m.
Essentiagroup is planning to create a further 200 jobs at its health and social welfare call centre in Glasgow over the next three years.
Smith & Nephew and Beiersdorf of Germany have sold their BSN medical products joint venture to Montagu Private Equity for £698m.
Supporta is to acquire ILO, the domiciliary care company with eleven offices in the east of England, for an initial £4.9m.
Wokingham Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £1.7m primary care centre in Shinfield by 2007.
Home Instead is looking to set up a network of almost 200 offices across the country to provide care for the elderly in their own homes, and the first has just opened at Chester Gates near Ellesmere Port.
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust has formed a partnership with Mansfield District Primary Care Trust and Skanska Innisfree to invest £300m in the modernisation of King's Mill, Mansfield Community and Newark General hospitals by 2011.
Mersey Care NHS Trust is planning to build a new £40m mental health resource centre in Fazakerley, north Liverpool.
Carillion and Lodestone Patient Care have been selected as preferred bidders to build and operate two Independent Sector Treatment Centres at Hemel Hempstead and Lister hospitals in Hertfordshire, through their Clinicenta joint venture.
The John Munroe Independent Hospital is to submit plans for the development of a £18m retirement village in Helsby, which would create jobs for 40 nursing staff and 50 care assistants.
Preston Council is to consider plans for the development of a health port at the former Sharoe Green Hospital site, including a two-storey block of consulting rooms and a mobile operating theatre.
Nord Anglia, the education and nurseries group, is to relocate its head office from Cheadle to Burton-upon-Trent next month, with the loss of about 40 jobs.
Care Clinic, the Nottinghamshire-based fertility clinic, is to relocate from the Park Hospital to a site near junction 26 of the M1 early next year.
The Department of Health has approved initial proposals for a £190m redevelopment programme at West London Mental Health Trust's Broadmoor hospital in Berkshire.
Essentiagroup, the health and social welfare specialist, is to create 20 new jobs at its contact centre in Brora, as part of an expansion project backed by Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise.
Devon County Council has awarded a three-year contract to Care South to provide home-based care services, which will create 150 new jobs.
Barchester Healthcare has bought Manor House Nursing Home, the Stamford Bridge-based care home with 200 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Southern Cross has acquired the Ashbourne chain of nursing homes for about £85m, taking its total chain to 573 homes.
The Department of Health has awarded a share of £60m to 19 councils across the country, under the Partnership for Older People scheme, which will involve the development of various health centres and home support services.
Jelf Group has acquired Farndale Hammond (Healthwise), the Ringwood-based healthcare benefits consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
Bedfordshire County Council is to build 18 new children's centres by 2008, at a cost of £6m, in order to provide a one-stop shop for childcare, health and social services and parent support.
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust are conducting a feasibility study into plans to build a £200m health technology and business park at Ansty, near Coventry, which could create up to 5,000 jobs.
Bristol City Council has approved plans for the development of a new centre for heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, including 117 beds, four operating theatres and four laboratories.
Baylea Homecare, the Hull-based care home operator with 70 staff, has been acquired by Springfield Homecare of Leeds for undisclosed terms.
The Department of Health is planning to invest £130m in the modernisation of mental health facilities across the country, and will start allocating funds next year.
The Scottish Parliament has announced a £15m fund to build new one-stop shops for health, in order to combine different services and improve frontline care.
The NHS Pensions Agency is to relocate to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where 800 jobs will be created with the amalgamation of the Prescriptions Pricing Authority and the Dental Practice Board into the new Business Services Authority.
Southern Cross Healthcare is to start recruiting 100 staff for a new £3.2m care home due to open in York next year.
Wychavon District Council has appointed Ashford to build a £4.7m hospital and health centre in Wychavon.
Central and Greater Derby Primary Care Trusts are seeking permission to build a £2.2m walk-in health centre in the grounds of Derbyshire Royal Infirmary by 2007.
West Sussex Health & Social Care NHS Trust is seeking permission to build a £7m children's mental health unit at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.
Multi has acquired 1st 4 Locums, the Ilford-based provider of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and pharmacists that trades as The Locum Partnership, for £3.6m.
The West Midlands Specialised Services Agency (WMSSA) has unveiled proposals for a new £37m mental health unit at the former Yardley Green Hospital site in Birmingham.
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust is planning to increase the workforce at its recently-opened pension and payroll administration centre in Stoke-on-Trent from 25 to more than 100 over the next few months.
Rotherham Primary Care Trust and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust are to open a £10m facility for people with severe lung disease on the former Badsley Moor Lane Hospital site in autumn 2006.
NHS 24 is to recruit 100 more staff for its Scottish telephone-based health advice helpline, and five new regional centres will be set up.
NHS Fife has secured outline consent to build a new multi-million pound hospital and health centre in St Andrews.
Dunedin Capital Partners has backed a management buy-out at Practice Plan Group, the Shropshire-based company that helps dental practices go private.
Healthcare Enterprise Group is to acquire Fertiloscopy, the diagnostic and therapeutic aid, from Gerimed for up to £1.9m.
International Medical Devices has acquired Meddis, the Oxfordshire-based distributor of medical devices to hospitals and medical practitioners, for £0.4m.
CareTech is planning to raise £10m in a flotation on Aim next month to fund the expansion of its chain of 61 care homes for people with learning disabilities.
Bridgepoint and 3i have sold Templecare, the nursing homes operator, to Minster Care Management for £15m.
Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust is planning to build a new mental hospital at Manor House in Aylesbury, in order to replace the Tindal Hospital in Aylesbury and the Haleacre unit in Amersham.
Willmott Dixon has won a £6.6m contract from A2 Home Ownership to build a care home in Newbury.
Tolent has won a £6m contract from Medical Properties to build a medical centre in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust (RLBUHT) is planning to build a £4m extension at the Liverpool dental hospital by 2008, which will create 34 new jobs.
Renfrewshire Council is planning to build a £11m multiple health centre in Renfrew, in order to accommodate three GP practices.
Tendring Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £10m medical centre in Clacton, including GP services, a pharmacy, diagnostic and rehabilitation facilities.
Kent County Council has awarded a £8m contract to Wates to build two nursing homes in Folkestone.
Tees & North East Yorkshire NHS Trust is to invest almost £80m improving mental health and learning disability facilities across Teesside.
Personal Screening is to raise £1m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its medical self-testing business.
Astron Clinica of Cambridge has secured a multi-million pound investment from Kuwait Finance House to fund the expansion of its skin-imaging technology business.
Company Health Group has acquired Milligan & Hill of London for £0.5m, in order to expand its occupational health services business.
The Scottish Executive is to invest £30m in the development of ten new dental centres across Scotland, and will also provide more training facilities for dental students.
The Scottish Executive is to invest a further £65m in improvements to health centres across Scotland over the next two years.
Synidor of Caerphilly is looking to raise £1m to fund the development of manufacturing facilities for a new device to monitor pressure ulcers in hospitals.
Scarborough Borough Council is considering plans for the development of a £7m health facility at the former St Mary's Hospital site, including doctors' surgery, pharmacy and a number of hospital departments.
Mersey Care NHS Trust is to relocate its headquarters from central Liverpool to Princes Dock next month.
Careforce has acquired Ace Homecare Services of Hertfordshire for £1.5m.
Inventures, the NHS consultancy with 50 staff in London, Bath, Leeds, Plymouth and Eastleigh, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Bupa has acquired Associated Nursing Services, the care homes operator, for £328m.
Medical Report Services of Redditch has merged with Ewitness, the Leeds-based medico-legal agency with 50 staff, and the new group will trade as eReporting.
Warwickshire County Council and other local councils are working on proposals for the development of a £200m health technology business park next to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, which could lead to the creation of 5,000 jobs.
National Blood Centre is setting up a new tissue research centre in Speke over the next few months, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
Mimosa Healthcare has secured a £15m capital injection from Hotbed private investor network and HSBC to fund the expansion of its specialist care business.
North Cornwall District Council is to consider plans for the transformation of the Hustyns hotel complex near Wadebridge into a medical centre, with the creation of up to 150 professional, technical and ancillary jobs.
RPS has acquired BHC, the Nottinghamshire-based occupational healthcare company with 60 staff, for £3.6m.
Sunrise Senior Living has awarded a £12m contract to Wates to build a nursing home in Mobberley, Cheshire.
Doughty Hanson has sold the Priory group of rehabilitation clinics to Dutch bank ABN Amro for £875m.
HSA has acquired Adastral, the provider of occupational health and safety services to companies, for about £2m.
Pennine Care NHS Trust is to set up a 22,000 sq ft office at the St Petersfield regeneration scheme in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Careforce has acquired The Gentle Touch, the Northamptonshire-based home care provider, for £0.2m.
Bristol City Council has approved plans for the £200m redevelopment of Hengrove Park, including a new hospital, homes, a swimming pool, shops, offices and a public park.
Huntleigh Technology has acquired the cardiovascular and obstetric analysis and monitoring operations of VIASYS Healthcare for £4m.
The Scottish Executive is to relocate about 250 staff working for NHS Health Scotland, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and NHS Education Scotland from Edinburgh to Glasgow by May 2007.
Synergy Healthcare is to acquire Shiloh, the supplier of healthcare products, for £8.7m.
Moray Council is to consider plans for the development of a £4.5m medical centre in Lossiemouth by 2007, in order to serve both the civilian and RAF communities.
Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust is to set up a £65m oncology and haematology unit at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham by 2008.
System C Healthcare, the provider of IT systems to the healthcare sector with 200 staff, has raised £8.5m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its business.
Ascribe has acquired Park Systems, the Liverpool-based supplier of retail pharmacy computer systems, for up to £0.4m, and the business will relocate to Ascribe's headquarters in Bolton.
Healthcare Enterprise Group is to acquire CICS, the supplier of sterile kits and other disposable products to dentists, for up to £3m.
Gyrus Group is to acquire American Cystoscope Makers, the US-based medical device supplier with 900 staff, for £275m.
Tunstall, the supplier of equipment that enables the elderly to communicate with hospitals from home, has been acquired by Bridgepoint for £225m.
Cygnet Health Care has secured planning permission from Calderdale Council to transform a former care home in Rastrick into a mental hospital with 25 beds.
Freeway Healthcare, the supplier of patient transfer hoists, is creating 71 jobs at a new headquarters at the St Asaph Business Park in Denbighshire.
Southern Norfolk PCT has announced plans to build a £4.5m one-stop health centre in Thetford by 2007, to replace Thetford Cottage Hospital.
Dorset County Council has awarded a £14m contract to Rok to build a nursing home in Christchurch.
Lifeways Community Care has secured an undisclosed investment from Nomura International to fund the development of its nationwide network of 16 regional community care offices.
Darlington Borough Council has approved plans for the £4m expansion of the Middleton Hall care home.
North East Wales NHS Trust is drawing up plans to build a new £15m mental health unit at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Ultrasis has raised £0.7m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its online healthcare business.
Balfour Beatty has won a £5.4m contract from Hampshire County Council to build a nursing home in Emsworth.
NHS Tayside has secured a £15m Scottish Executive grant to develop Stracathro Hospital in Angus as a regional centre for diagnosis and treatment, and the private sector will be used to exploit underused operating theatres.
Essex County Council has awarded a £1m contract to Primary Care UK of Clacton to provide services to the disabled, which could lead to the creation of 70 new jobs.
Ascribe has acquired Footman Walker, the supplier of information systems to accident and minor injuries units, for £2.6m.
NHS Greater Glasgow has announced plans to set up a dedicated £8m leukaemia research centre on the same site as the new £100m Beatson Oncology Centre at Gartnavel hospital.
HG Construction has won a £7.5m contract from Grosvenor House Group to build a mental health unit at Stonehouse Hospital in Dartford.
Ultralase, the chain of 12 laser eye surgeries, has been acquired by Corporacion Dermoestetica of Spain for £30m.
Chromogenex is to raise £2m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its medical lasers business.
Abermed Industrial Doctors, the Aberdeen-based occupational health services firm, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Northern Venture Managers.
Affinity Healthcare is seeking permission to build a new 72-bed psychiatric unit on the site of the Middleton St George Hospital in Darlington.
The Department of Health is to proceed with plans for the development of more privately-operated surgical centres, and a £500m contract to treat 250,000 patients a year is due to be announced.
Four Seasons Health Care has acquired BetterCare, the chain of 29 nursing homes, from 3i for £116m.
Brunel-Buckingham Medical School is planning to set up the UK's first independent medical school in Buckinghamshire by 2008, and £10m of private investment is being sought.
Cheshire County Council is to consider plans from Wordsworth Homes to build a £20m care complex for the elderly in Northwich, with the creation of up to 80 jobs.
Gresham has sold its stake in MSS, the Cardiff-based supplier of specialist mattresses and other equipment to hospitals, to Invacare of the US for undisclosed terms.
Interserve has won a £430m contract to refurbish hospitals for Newcastle NHS Trust, in partnership with Equion and Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
Transform Medical, the cosmetic surgery chain, has been acquired by Electra Partners, as part of the £170m acquisition of parent group Covenant Healthcare.
Able Community Care is to acquire Homecall, the Suffolk-based provider of home care services.
Carlisle City Council is considering plans from Northcare Developments to build a private clinic in the grounds of the Cumberland Infirmary.
Surrey & Sussex NHS Trust has awarded a £14m contract to Taylor Woodrow to refurbish Crawley Hospital.
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust is planning to build a £26m five-storey heart centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Dundee City Council is considering plans from Dundee University and NHS Tayside for the development of a £12m clinical research centre at Ninewells Hospital.
Derby City Council has secured £5m to fund the development of eight new children's centres, while Derbyshire County Council is to establish a further 29.
Verna Group, a Bolton-based healthcare manufacturer, has been acquired by Legal & General Ventures for £60m.
North East Wales NHS Trust is considering plans to build a new £9m pharmacy at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Advantage West Midlands has submitted outline plans to Oswestry Borough Council to build a "health village", including GP, pharmacy and dentistry services, as part of the £15m redevelopment of the Former Railway Land site.
New Horizons is looking to expand its childcare operations in the north-east with the acquisition of up to 15 properties across Tyneside, Durham and Northumberland and the creation of 200 jobs.
Kids Unlimited is planning to expand its chain of 46 day-care nurseries by opening six new sites a year.
Graphite Capital has sold the Ridgmont chain of 29 care homes to Ashbourne Healthcare for £88m.
Care Principles, the care home provider with 300 beds at secure hospitals across the country, has been acquired by 3i in a £90m deal.
Huntingdonshire Primary Care Trust is to build a new £7m children's unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital by 2007.
HgCapital is to invest about £20m in the development of the Castlebeck Care chain of ten acute hospitals in the North of England and Scotland, which could lead to the business being sold within 12 months.
Reversus is to acquire DTC, the health care services provider that arranges medical examinations and pathology testing, for £3.2m.
Bupa is in negotiations to sell ten hospitals to Legal & General Ventures for £100m.
BC Partners is to sell Partnerships in Care, the chain of mental hospitals with more than 2,000 staff, to Cinven for about £560m.
North Norfolk Primary Care Trust is to proceed with plans to build a new £25m hospital in Cromer, but a suitable site has not yet been selected.
Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority has announced plans to build a £14m breast cancer prevention centre at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester by 2007.
Optimax has bought the Eyebright eye clinic centre in Hessle, East Yorkshire, out of administration.
The Mental Welfare Commission is to relocate its headquarters and up to 76 staff from Edinburgh to Falkirk in October.
Serco and Equion have been selected as preferred bidder by the University of Leicester NHS Trust for the £1.2bn refurbishment and maintenance of three Leicester hospitals.
Lichfield District Council is considering plans from South Staffordshire Healthcare NHS Trust to build a new £17m hospital at the St Michael's Hospital site off Trent Valley Road.
Sperrin Lakeland Health Trust Board is planning to build a £175m hospital in Enniskillen and a smaller £90m local hospital in Omagh, with construction work starting in 2010.
Gyrus Group has acquired Urology Solutions, the distributor of medical products in Australia and New Zealand, for up to £1.2m.
Rutland Trust has acquired Bupa Healthcare Professionals, the healthcare staffing company with 25 branches, from Bupa for £9m, and will rename the business to Advantage Healthcare Group.
Adur Arun & Worthing Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £7m community hospital and social care centre in Littlehampton.
Miller Construction has won a £20m contract from Wilky Group to build a four-storey primary healthcare centre in Aldershot.
Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is seeking planning permission to build new mental health facilities at the Great Western Hospital, as part of a £9m investment in Swindon.
University of Manchester is linking up with the Christie Hospital and the Paterson Institute to set up the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, in order to speed up the development of cancer detection methods and treatments.
Oxford Instruments has sold its medical operations to US-based Viasys Healthcare for £24m.
Tissue Science Laboratories is raising £7.5m in a share placing to fund the development of human tissue replacement products.
Suffolk West Primary Care Trust has unveiled revised plans for the development of a new hospital in Sudbury, including a £5.4m intermediate care centre.
South London & Maudsley NHS Trust has awarded a £30m contract to Interserve to build a secure mental health unit in Beckenham.
South Holland District Council is considering plans for the development of a multi-million pound community hospital and ambulance station in Pinchbeck by 2008.
Test Valley Borough Council is to consider plans from Covenant Healthcare for the development of a secure unit for the mentally ill in Weyhill.
Tendring District Council is to consider plans from Roverstar for the development of a £10m retirement village and nursing home at Silverwoods in Thorrington, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Care UK has acquired Fostering Support Group, the provider of fostering services to local authorities in Kent and London, for up to £3.6m.
New Horizons, the Shropshire-based childcare company, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Dunedin Capital Partners.
NHS Lothian has confirmed plans for a £180m investment programme, including the development of a resource centre for mental health patients at the Haddington Hospital.
Creative Education Corporation is to acquire Headstart, the operator of nurseries in Peterborough, Northampton, Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes, for £1.5m.
Willmott Dixon has won a £11m contract from Cygnet Health Care to build a nursing home in Stevenage.
Careforce has acquired Springhill Home Care, which has branches in Accrington, Barnsley and Wakefield and employs 160 carers, for up to £1.8m.
Devon Partnership Trust is planning to build a £3.6m mental health unit at the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.
Cherwell Vale Primary Care Trust is planning to build a new hospital in Brackley, including a care home and a day hospital with clinical examination areas.
Care Perspectives has submitted revised plans for the £4m expansion of the medium-secure Burston House Hospital near Diss.
Advanced Childcare, the provider of fostering services and care homes, has undergone a £14m management buy-in and now plans to expand into the Midlands and the north-east.
Bristol South & West Primary Care Trust and Bristol North PCT are to build health centres in Whitchurch and Shirehampton, at a total cost of £12m.
Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust has selected Sutton Hospital as the site for the development of a £228m critical care centre.
Hyndburn Borough Council has approved plans from Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust to build a health centre on the site of Broughton Crangrove Mill, which will create 134 jobs.
Sandwell Council is planning to build a £10m care unit on the site of the Kingsmeadow centre in Queensway, Oldbury, by 2007.
Hallmark Healthcare is planning to spend £25m setting up five new care homes in Wales, Norfolk and the Midlands this year, with the creation of about 600 jobs.
Oxford University has secured a £1.1m grant from the Templeton Foundation to set up a centre to study the science of the mind.
Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is to invest £4m in building work and service improvements at the Peterborough District, Edith Cavell and Stamford hospitals.
BMI Healthcare is setting up a public health division to bid for contracts to treat NHS patients at its 47 acute hospitals.
Farrow House, the provider of adolescent care services in eastern England, has undergone a £21m management buy-out backed by 3i.
Capio Healthcare UK is planning to open an independent health centre for NHS patients in Milton Keynes later this year, and is seeking a suitable site.