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Health Care - 2006






















The Department of Health is to provide funding of £45m for the development of four new community hospitals in Bristol, Minehead, Gosport and Sunderland.

Busy Bees, the Staffordshire-based chain of 46 childcare nurseries, is to be acquired by ABC Learning Centres of Australia for £71m.

Boots has agreed a deal with Bournemouth & Poole NHS Trust to set up the country's first high-street GP surgery in Poole, as part of a government initiative to make healthcare more accessible in local communities.

The Department of Health has announced plans to invest £450m in the development of new Biomedical Research Centres in London, Oxford, Cambridge, Liverpool and Newcastle over the next five years.

Huntleigh Technology, the medical equipment manufacturer, is to be acquired by Getinge of Sweden for £409m.

Synergy Healthcare is planning to acquire Isotron, the sterilisation services company, for £180m.

Healthcare Locums has acquired Elite Recruitment Specialists for £0.4m, ODP for £0.3m, Fairstaff Agency for £0.2m and Mecs Medical for £0.5m, as part of a strategy to focus on specialist healthcare recruitment.

Bradford & Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust is planning to build a new £10m health centre in Bingley, in order to replace Bingley Hospital, Bingley Health Centre and three GP surgeries.

Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust is to set up new mental care facilities in Neath-Port Talbot, Bridgend and the western Vale of Glamorgan by summer 2009, following a £30m award from the Welsh Assembly.

Bupa is to acquire Clinovia, the Harlow-based provider of home care support services, for £88m.

Verna Group has sold its domiciliary care business, which employs 1,000 carers and administrators at 13 offices in the Midlands and the North, to Chesterfield-based Direct Health Group for undisclosed terms.

Morriston Hospital is linking up with the universities of Cardiff and Swansea to set up a £10m burns research centre, including sites at its Centre for Burns & Plastic Surgery and at the Heath Park campus in Cardiff.

Gainford Care Homes is planning to expand its chain of eight North East care homes to 20 by 2010, and sites have been identified in Seaham, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Newton Aycliffe.

Wirral Hospital NHS Trust is looking into the possibility of linking up with the private sector to build a new hospital for paying patients at the Clatterbridge hospital site.

MediSpa has raised £3m of private equity to fund the development of a nationwide chain of cosmetic surgery clinics, with eight new sites due to open by the end of 2008.

NHS London is to set up a 26,000 sq ft office at the Victoria Southside scheme in London.

CareTech has acquired 13 freehold care homes in Kent from Counticare Holdings and Hazeldene for £15m, taking its total network to 127.

Cheltenham General Hospital is planning to build a £13m extension, in order to house a new medical ward and intensive care unit.

Bolton Council has secured a £7m government grant to build nine children's centres in Bolton, and planning applications are expected over the next few months.

Healthcare Locums is to acquire Blue Group International Holdings, the social work agency, for up to £14m.

NHS Tayside has reached agreement with Amicus Healthcare to set up Scotland's first private treatment centre for NHS patients at Stracathro in Angus, and the 24-bed unit will open within six weeks.

Claimar Care has acquired Surecare Community Services, the nationwide network of 27 domiciliary care businesses, and First Call Community Systems, which operates in Kidderminster, Bolton and the Wirral, for a total £1.6m.

Smith & Nephew is in merger discussions with Biomet of the US, which could lead to the creation of a combined orthopaedic products group worth up to £10bn.

Claimar Care is to acquire BR Care Group, the domiciliary care provider with 150 staff in Bradford, Sutton-in Craven, Rochdale and Chester, for up to £1.4m.

NHS Lanarkshire is planning to set up a new cancer treatment centre at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie.

ClinPhone has acquired Datalabs, the US-based provider of clinical data collection services with 57 staff, for £36m.

MedicX Fund has announced a £80m fundraising and flotation on the main market to fund the expansion of its medical centres development business.

Leicester City Primary Care Trust is to build a £13m health and social care centre in Spinney Hill Road by 2009.

The National Assembly for Wales is to invest almost £300m in improvements to frontline hospital services in Wales over the next financial year.

Care Monitoring 2000, the Sutton Coldfield-based provider of health monitoring services with 20 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

Quantica is to sell Quantica Healthcare, its healthcare recruitment division with 76 staff at 11 sites, to Advantage Healthcare Group for £4.5m.

Atos Origin is to set up a medical referrals call centre for the NHS in Crewe, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.

UK Event Medical Services (UKEMS), the Sheffield-based provider of paramedic staff and ambulances to sporting and music events with 120 staff, is looking to expand across the country.

Wrexham Council is planning to redevelop one of its two remaining care homes at a cost of £8m, in order to build 50 units for elderly residents on the Llys Madoc site.

NHS Lanarkshire is planning to set up a new dental and primary care centre in Coatbridge by 2008, including a dental education hub for the West of Scotland.

Southend Hospital is to seek planning permission for a £100m redevelopment programme, including a new £53m five-storey extension to the Cardigan wing.

Deltex has raised £0.6m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its blood-flow monitoring business.

Careforce Group has acquired Keycare Services, the provider of domiciliary care services with 130 staff in Workington and Carlisle, for up to £1.3m.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is considering plans from Centres of Clinical Excellence to build a multi-million pound mini-hospital at Peasedown St John, which would provide non-emergency surgery and create 150 jobs.

Transform Medical is planning to expand its chain of 22 cosmetic surgery centres into continental Europe, at a cost of £30m.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust is planning to relocate the Thames Valley & Chilterns Air Ambulance Trust from White Waltham Airfield in Berkshire to RAF Benson in Oxfordshire.

Medical Solutions is to sell its Dubai-based pathology business to Global Fund Company Bahrain, Global Investment House KSCC of Kuwait and International Healthcare Holdings for £16m.

Suffolk Primary Care Trust is to set up its headquarters at Rushbrook House in Bramford early next year, and offices in Bury St Edmunds, Felixstowe and Ipswich will be vacated.

NHS Tayside is to invest £9m in a new maternity unit at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, as well as new dialysis, haematology and oncology units at Perth Royal Infirmary.

Essex University is said to be in discussions with Weigao Polymer Corporation, the Chinese medical products company, about plans to set up a European headquarters.

East Elmbridge & Mid-Surrey Primary Care Trust has awarded a £20m a year contract for the supply of nursing services to Central Surrey Health, a new mutually-owned limited company set up by 700 nurses who have left the NHS.

Carlisle City Council is to consider plans from an unnamed private health company for the development of a £10m mental health unit for children at Brampton, which could create up to 120 jobs.

Claimar Care is to acquire MK Homecare, the Milton Keynes-based domiciliary care provider with 33 care workers, for up to £0.4m.

Pembrokeshire & Derwen NHS Trust is to build a new £8.7m hospital unit with accident and emergency facilities at Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.

Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust is considering plans to build a new cancer centre at Colchester General Hospital by 2009, in order to transfer the work from Essex County Hospital.

Four Seasons Health Care, the Wilmslow-based chain of 416 care homes and hospitals, has been acquired by finance group Three Delta for £1.4bn.

North East Wales NHS Trust has won approval from the Welsh Assembly Government to build a new £11m hospital at Holywell in Flintshire by 2008, in order to replace the existing Holywell and Lluesty hospitals.

Gloucestershire County Council is considering plans to spend £50m on residential care, including the development of 11 new care homes over the next seven years.

Rhondda Cynon Taff Council is to consider plans from Rightacres Property for the development of a £50m orthopaedic centre, three-star hotel and offices on an eight-acre site in Llantrisant.

NHS Lothian has won approval from the Scottish Executive to build a new children's hospital in Edinburgh, and a number of potential sites are being considered.

West Northamptonshire Development Corporation has approved plans from Northamptonshire Healthcare Trust to build a £35m hospital at the Pendered Centre in Duston, including a 135-bed mental health unit.

Balfour Beatty has won contracts worth up to £180m to build two hospitals in Glasgow by 2009, including one at the Stobhill Hospital site and one at the Victoria Infirmary.

The Department of Health has approved plans for the development of six new PFI hospitals in Leicester, Torbay, Tameside & Glossop, Salford, Walsall and North Staffordshire.

UK Specialist Hospitals has been selected to operate two new Independent Sector Treatment Centres due to open in Bristol in 2008, in partnership with the NHS.

Southern Cross Healthcare has acquired 270 beds at four care homes in the North of England from United Health for £18m.

Executive Care Group has acquired Allan Water, the Scottish care home operator, for more than £20m, and is now looking to build a further five care homes in Scotland.

CareCapital Group has raised £1.5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its healthcare property development business.

Boots is in discussions with the NHS about the possibility of setting up GP surgeries and basic healthcare services in some of its larger stores, which will involve renting out space to local health authorities.

The National Assembly for Wales has agreed a deal with HBG UK, Interserve Health Wales and Laing O'Rourke to design and build new hospitals over the coming years.

NHS Greater Glasgow has secured planning permission from Glasgow City Council to develop a new £100m day hospital to replace the Victoria Infirmary, and work will start this autumn.

Smith & Nephew has acquired OsteoBiologics, the US supplier of bone graft substitutes, for £39m.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has unveiled proposals to build a new women's hospital at the former Aconbury East site at Worcester.

Southend Council is to consider plans for the development of a £28m care village at Nazareth House in Westcliff, which would accommodate up to 170 elderly people.

Teignbridge Primary Care Trust has selected Ryhurst to build a new £27m NHS community hospital with 60 beds in Newton Abbot by September 2008.

The Department of Health has unveiled plans to invest £750m in community hospital schemes across the country over the next five years, in order to make it easier for patients to undergo blood tests and minor operations.

Bunzl has acquired Southern Syringe Services, the London-based supplier of consumables to the NHS, private hospitals and nursing homes.

Castlebeck, the chain of 15 residential care and rehabilitation centres, is to be sold by HgCapital to Lydian Capital Partners for £255m.

The Department of Health is to award £25m to NHS ambulance trusts across England to invest in new control room technology and vehicles that will improve response times.

Ascribe has acquired HE Information Systems, the supplier of clinical information systems to the NHS, for £6.5m.

Spacelabs Healthcare is to acquire Del Mar Reynolds Medical, the cardiac monitoring business, from Ferraris Group for £14m.

South Warwickshire Primary Care Trust is to build a new £3m hospital with 24 beds and a day care centre in Alcester.

Zenith Hygiene has acquired Baker Hygiene & Health Care Supplies, the Leicester-based supplier of healthcare products to private care homes, for £1m.

The Department of Health is considering plans to significantly expand the role of the private sector in the provision of pathology services and blood tests to the NHS.

The Scottish Executive has approved plans to close the Sister Margaret Cottage Hospital in Jedburgh and the Coldstream Cottage Hospital.

The Royal Veterinary College in Edinburgh has announced plans to invest £40m in new teaching and research facilities.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is drawing up plans to develop a new £2.5m radiotherapy unit.

Careforce has acquired Sycamore Rise, the provider of domiciliary care services with 150 staff at sites in Burnley, Clitheroe and St Anne's, for up to £1.5m.

Straumann, the dental implants company, is setting up a 16,400 sq ft office at the Pegasus Place scheme in Crawley.

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is planning to build a new £12m diabetes centre at Heartlands hospital in Birmingham.

Congleton Borough Council has approved plans from Central Cheshire PCT for the development of a £6m health centre in Alsager to replace the Cedars Medical Centre and Alsager Clinic.

Claimar Care Group is to acquire Medgal Care, the domiciliary care provider based in Dukinfield, Cheshire, for £0.3m.

Southern Cross Healthcare is planning to raise £275m in a flotation to fund the expansion of its chain of 578 care homes.

Sphere Medical has raised £6.2m to fund the expansion of its Cambridge-based medical diagnostics business.

The London Clinic has confirmed plans to set up a £50m cancer treatment centre in Devonshire Place by 2009.

CareTech has acquired Lonsdale Midlands, the provider of learning disability care services with 28 sites, for £15m.

ADL is to acquire the Solutions 40-bed nursing home in Leeds for £2.3m, taking its total chain of care homes to 12.

The Department of Health is to invest £100m in the modernisation of NHS dental practices over the next two years.

Joint Replacement Instrumentation, the orthopaedics company, is relocating its Sheffield-based factory, laboratory and office from the city centre to the 35A Business Park near the M1.

NHS Forth Valley has announced plans to build a new £300m hospital in Larbert in partnership with the Equion consortium, in order to replace Falkirk and Stirling Royal Infirmaries.

Independent Home Living is to create up to 30 jobs at its new homecare and support services office in York over the next year.

Cannock Chase Council has approved plans for the development of a multi-million pound health centre in Norton Canes.

Hereford Hospitals Trust is planning to build a new £3.4m cancer centre at the County Hospital in Hereford.

Fylde Primary Care Trust is planning to demolish Lytham Hospital and build a new multi-million pound primary care centre on the site.

CareTech has acquired 14 residential care homes in Staffordshire from Delam Care for £8.1m, taking its total number of sites to 78.

Integrated Dental Holdings, the Bolton-based chain of 130 dental practices, has sold a stake to Legal & General Ventures, who will set up a new company to control the business.

Mersey Care NHS Trust has secured planning permission from Liverpool City Council for a new £40m mental health hospital in Long Lane, Wavertree.

General Healthcare, the private hospital operator, is to be acquired by a buy-out group led by Netcare of South Africa for £2.3bn.

Corby Council is to consider plans from the Northamptonshire Heartlands PCT for the £33m expansion of the Willowbrook Health Complex, which will increase the number of beds from 20 to 60.

Tracscare is planning to open new care homes in Northampton, Barry, Llanelli and Swansea.

NHS Highland has announced proposals to build a £10m day hospital at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, in order to reduce the waiting lists for non-emergency surgery.

Duke Street Capital is to sell Paragon Healthcare Group, the chain of 250 residential care homes, to private equity firm HgCapital for £322m.

NHS Scotland is to set up a distribution centre at Canderside Toll near Larkhall, with the creation of 240 warehouse, administration and driving jobs.

Supporta has acquired SNH, the domiciliary care company operating in Lanarkshire and Aberdeenshire, for an initial £6m.

CPL Resources has acquired Nursefinders UK, the London-based nurse placement agency, in order to expand its Medical Recruitment Specialists business.

Supreme Care Homes, the Teesside-based operator of four care homes with 240 staff, has been acquired by Avery Healthcare of Northampton for undisclosed terms.

Plymouth City Council is to consider plans from the Plymouth Primary Care Trust for the development of a £4m mental health unit at the Plymouth International Business Park by October 2007.

The Medical Research Council is to set up a 26,000 sq ft office for 80 staff at North Star House in Swindon.

East Cambridgeshire & Fenland Primary Care Trust is to seek a suitable site in the Wisbech area for the development of a new £33m hospital.

Sovereign Capital Partners has acquired Alkare, the Swansea-based provider of mental health care with 120 staff, and now plans to open further homes and therapy centres in Wales.

Claimar Care Group is to acquire Walsall Homecare, the Walsall-based domiciliary care provider with 50 care workers, for £0.2m.

Healthcare Locums has acquired BBL Europe, the Ilford-based healthcare recruitment company, for £10m.

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust is in talks with private companies interested in operating the new Independent Sector Treatment Centre due to open at the Royal South Hants Hospital in 2007.

Healthcare Homes Group has acquired Pri-Med Group, the Suffolk-based chain of seven care homes with 300 staff.

Greenwood Ellis & Partners has secured planning permission to build a hospital for horses in Newmarket by the end of next year, employing about 23 vets and 34 support staff.

Granville Baird Capital Partners has backed a £20m management buy-out at Choices, the Livingston-based care services provider with 700 staff.

South Cambridgeshire District Council is considering plans from Partnerships in Care for the development of two new 16-bed secure wards and a rehabilitation unit at Kneesworth House mental hospital.

CareTech has acquired two residential care homes in London for £2.7m, taking its chain to 61.

Hyndburn Borough Council has approved plans from Hyndburn & Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust for the development of a multi-million pound health centre in Accrington.

Stroud District Council has approved plans from Ivybank for the development of a new care home at the former Lister-Petter site in Dursley, which will create 95 jobs.

The North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is to set up a £1m dental education centre at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Scottish SPCA, the animal welfare charity, is to invest £3m in the modernisation of its care centres and the development of a new site in Fife.

Careforce has acquired Camb Care, the care services company with 80 staff at offices in Cambridge and St Neots, for £1m.

Sainsbury's is in discussions with the Department of Health about plans to open GP surgeries in supermarkets.

LifeScan and parent company Johnson & Johnson are planning to expand their medical equipment operations in Livingston and Inverness, with the creation of up to 150 new jobs.

Deltex Medical Group has acquired the TECO oesophageal Doppler monitor business from Medicina for undisclosed terms.

East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust has acquired a 38-acre site in Hatfield to build a new hospital by 2013, in order to replace services currently provided by the QEII hospital in Welwyn Garden City.

Healthcare Locums is to acquire Medical Professionals and Social Work Professionals from European Recruitment Network Group for up to £1.2m, in order to expand its healthcare recruitment business.

Misys is to acquire Payerpath, the US-based online processor of health claims, for £27m.

Days Healthcare UK, the manufacturer of rehabilitation and mobility aids, is to relocate its European headquarters to a larger site at the Bridgend Industrial Estate, securing the future of 108 jobs.

Bourn Hall, the Cambridge-based infertility clinic, has undergone a £13m management buy-out, and the deal includes its LCG Bioscience contract research subsidiary.

Primary Care UK is looking to create a further 20 jobs over the next 12 months, following on from last year's Essex County Council contract to provide services to people with learning disabilities.

North East Lincolnshire Council is to consider plans from Exemplar Health Care to build two care homes for people with neurologically-degenerative disorders in Immingham, which would create about 150 jobs.

NHS Grampian has submitted plans for the £7m upgrade of Chalmers Hospital in Banff, and hopes to start work later this year.

York Helpers, the York-based homecare provider, has been acquired by Springfield Homecare of Leeds.

Robinia, the care company that specialises in people with learning difficulties, is to be sold by Bridgepoint Capital to Barclays Private Equity for about £80m.

Renfrewshire Council has approved plans from NHS Argyll & Clyde for the development of a £7m 3-bed secure mental health unit at Dykebar Hospital in Paisley.

Birmingham City Council has awarded a £4m contract to Wates to build four homes for the elderly by autumn 2007.

Swansea Health Board is planning to invest £20m in improvements to the city's 45 doctors' surgeries, including the expansion of some sites and the closure of others over the next ten years.

Southern Cross is considering plans for a £1bn flotation, in order to enable parent company Blackstone to raise funds for the expansion of its chain of nursing homes.