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Health Care - 2007






















North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is considering a number of potential locations in Stockton and Hartlepool for the development of a new Teesside super-hospital.

Bunzl has acquired Care Shop, the Bolton-based supplier of consumables for the independent care and nursing homes market, from Verna Group Holdings.

Darlington Borough Council has approved plans from North East Property Holdings for the development of a £4m four-storey office building at Four Riggs, and Southern Cross Healthcare is in negotiations to occupy the site.

Nuffield Hospitals is to sell nine private hospitals to General Healthcare Group for £140m, including sites in London, Nottingham, Lancaster and Birmingham.

Worthing Borough Council is to consider plans from St Barnabas House for the development of a new £9m hospice on a five-acre site at Lower Northbrook Farm.

Swiss Smile is planning to open four dental clinics in London, with sites in Mayfair, Knightsbridge, Kensington and the City.

Pennine Acute Trust has announced plans to build a new £17m cancer treatment centre at the Royal Oldham Hospital by 2009.

Norfolk & Waveney Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust is to build a £9.4m psychiatric intensive care unit on the Hellesdon Hospital site in Norwich by next April.

Oasis Healthcare is looking to expand its chain of 140 dental practices with the acquisition of three new practices a month.

CVS has acquired Petmedics, the Manchester-based chain of three veterinary surgeries, for undisclosed terms.

North East Strategic Health Authority is to invest £110m in a number of health projects by 2010, including new primary care facilities in Gateshead and Stanley and the £75m revamp of mental health and disability services at Teesside's St Luke's Hospital.

Mid Essex Hospitals Trust has won government approval for the £143m revamp of Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford by 2009, in order to centralise and improve all acute services.

DCC Healthcare has acquired Squadron Medical, the Chesterfield-based supplier of medical and surgical products, for an initial £11m.

Mobile Doctors Group is to acquire Medi-fiche, the Chichester-based supplier of medico-legal reports for personal injury claims with 20 staff, for £1.2m.

Synergy Healthcare has acquired Vernon-Carus, the provider of infection control and decontamination services to the NHS, for £24m.

Leicestershire Partnership Trust is to invest £3m in the revamp of mental health facilities in Leicestershire, as part of a £30m nationwide scheme by the Department of Health.

Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay has unveiled plans to build a £10m extension by 2010.

Forde Park Care has won planning permission to build a new £10m nursing home and 30 close care apartments at its site in Newton Abbot.

Gyrus Group, the Wokingham-based medical equipment manufacturer with factories in Cardiff, Canada and the US, is to be acquired by Olympus of Japan for £926m.

Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust has unveiled a £19m plan for six new hospital wards for people with mental health problems by December 2010, including new and refurbished buildings on the Ipswich Hospital site.

Southern Cross Healthcare has acquired three specialist learning disability care homes in Shropshire, in order to expand its Active Care Partnerships business.

Plymouth City Council is to consider outline plans from Health Properties to build a new £50m hospital at the Plymouth Medical & Technology Park, employing about 100 consultants.

Sk:n Clinics is planning to expand its nationwide chain of 17 cosmetic skin and body clinics with 12 new sites over the next year.

Redcar & Cleveland Primary Care Trust has secured final government approval for the development of a £30m hospital in Redcar, and a joint consortium of Ryhurst and Sir Robert McAlpine will start work in February.

Cambridge City Council has approved plans for the development of a 2.3m sq ft biomedical campus next to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in order to provide a major research laboratory for the Medical Research Council.

Alliance Medical, the Warwick-based diagnostic imaging company with about 190 mobile and fixed scanners, has been acquired by Dubai International Capital for £600m.

York Hospital is planning to invest up to £36m in improvements to its 24 wards, and hopes to start work in 2008.

Chorley Hospital is planning to build a £2m Assessment & Treatment Centre, in order to improve its outpatient services.

Avery Healthcare is to create up to 60 jobs at a new care home due to open in Heckmondwike in West Yorkshire in summer 2008.

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust has appointed Mansell to build a £12m hospital in Cromer by 2010, in order to replace Mill Road Hospital.

Ascribe has acquired Scorpio Information Systems, the Southampton-based supplier of clinical information management systems to the NHS, for £1.3m.

Jane Lewis Social Care has won a three-year contract to provide a range of home care services to Cheshire County Council, and is seeking 65 new staff.

Hartlepool Primary Care Trust is to open a new £16m diagnostic and treatment centre at the former Barlow's site in Hartlepool town centre in 2009.

Cambridge City Council is to consider outline plans for the development of a new 200-bed hotel, shops and conference centre at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

The Department of Health has announced proposals to open 150 new health centres and 100 GP practices, while existing practices will be encouraged to open on Saturday mornings.

Claimar Care is to acquire Complete Care Holdings, the Telford-based provider of care services with 700 carers, for £33m.

Bupa is to acquire a majority stake in DCA Agedcare, the operator of about 100 care homes in Australia and New Zealand, in a deal that values the business at £535m.

Servoca has acquired the business, trade and assets of Firstpoint Healthcare, the nursing recruitment company with 21 staff, out of administration.

Allied Healthcare International is to sell Allied Respiratory, the provider of oxygen services in the South East and Northern Ireland, to Air Liquide for £36m, in order to focus on healthcare staffing.

Kids 1st is investing £3m in the expansion of its chain of five children's nurseries in the North East, with the creation of about 140 jobs and the opening of new branches in Hartlepool and Darlington.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust has unveiled plans for the £27m expansion of Burnley General Hospital, including an overhaul for the A&E unit and a new breast cancer centre.

The Department of Health is to award £97m to NHS trusts across the country to invest is security systems and personal safety training.

Norfolk Primary Care Trust is planning to relocate 250 staff from St Andrew's House in Norwich to a new three-storey office at Broadland Business Park in Thorpe St Andrew.

Sense Scotland is looking to recruit 200 additional staff in Inverness over the next year, having won a contract from Highland Council to provide home support for disabled people.

The Woodlands Hospital in Darlington has submitted plans to open a health-care village by 2009, including an 86-bed nursing centre, specialist needs unit, visitor accommodation and the creation of 100 jobs.

Sunrise Assisted Living has awarded a £12m contract to Wates to build a nursing home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

East Riding Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £4.5m primary care health centre at Goole & District Hospital by December 2008.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer has unveiled plans to open three £5m breast cancer research centres in Edinburgh, Manchester and London next year.

Neuro Partners is looking to double the 75-strong workforce at its Newcastle-based rehabilitation support business, in order to expand operations into Yorkshire, Carlisle and the Tees Valley.

Claimar Care has acquired Boundary Care, the Lancashire-based domiciliary care provider with 37 staff, for £0.3m.

Stonelea Healthcare, the County Durham-based care home operator, has been acquired by Public Service Properties Investments of Guernsey for £24m.

South Shropshire District Council is to consider plans from Morris Care of Shrewsbury for the conversion of Stretton Hall Hotel into a 42-bedroom care home, with the creation of 62 jobs.

Cerner, the supplier of healthcare IT systems, is to set up a 25,000 sq ft office at Paddington Central in London, having dropped plans to relocate to Chiswick Park.

W&J Dunlop, the Dumfries-based veterinary supplies firm with 450 staff, has been acquired by Henry Schein of the US for undisclosed terms.

Diploma has acquired a 75% stake in AMT Vantage Holdings, the Canadian distributor of electrosurgery and endoscopy equipment with 32 staff, for up to £14m.

Medical Waste Solutions has secured £1.4m of funding to build its first clinical waste recycling plant for Nottingham University Hospitals.

Southampton General Hospital is to invest £5m in the expansion of its blood disorder unit.

Claimar Care has acquired Lynks Care, the Luton-based domiciliary care provider with 32 staff, for £0.5m.

NHS North West has received government approval for the £60m reorganisation of maternity care across Greater Manchester, with the creation of three "super centres" in Salford, Bury and Trafford by 2011.

Supporta Care has won a contract from Nottinghamshire County Council for the supply of home care services to elderly residents across the county, which will create about 30 jobs.

The University of Worcester has announced plans to develop a new £7m allergy research centre, in order to expand its National Pollen & Aerobiology Research Unit.

Nord Anglia Education is to sell its Leapfrog Nurseries business to the Busy Bees subsidiary of ABC Learning Centres for £31m, with the transfer of 88 nurseries and 2,500 staff.

Morgan Stanley has acquired a 90% stake in 15 assisted-living nursing homes from Sunrise Senior Living for £539m.

Servoca has acquired Windsor Recruitment, the provider of recruitment services for qualified nurses, care assistants and social workers with 60 staff, out of administration.

CareTech Holdings has acquired Community Support Project for £11m, in order to expand its learning disability care services business.

Corin's is to create 38 manufacturing jobs in Cirencester, having won approval to sell its new hip resurfacing joint in the US.

Liverpool Primary Care Trust is planning to invest £100m in new health facilities across the city by 2014, including three NHS treatment centres and 25 super surgeries, while up to 200 extra doctors and nurses will be recruited over the next year.

Covenant Healthcare has won planning permission to build a new £6m hospital next to Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle, and 50 staff will relocate from the Abbey Caldew Hospital.

Options Group has won outline planning permission to build an autism hospital at the Shortwood Business Park in Barnsley, with the creation of 250 jobs.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is planning to invest £30m improving hospital facilities in Preston and Chorley over the next year.

NHS London has announced proposals to build up to 150 super-surgeries across London over the next ten years, in order to provide better access to family doctors, dentists, pharmacies and mental services.

NHS Grampian has announced plans for the £2m expansion of Fraserburgh Hospital, as part of a strategy to develop new diagnostic and treatment centres in Aberdeenshire.

Devon County Council is in discussions with Shaw Healthcare Group about plans for a £100m investment in care services across the county, including the development of 700 residential beds and 350 extra care housing units.

System C Healthcare has acquired IQ Systems Services, the Dorset-based supplier of patient management systems, for up to £2.2m.

Claimar Care Group is to acquire Acorn Home Care, the domiciliary care provider with 14 branches and 600 staff, for an initial £10m.

Asquith Nurseries, the chain of 113 children's nurseries, has been acquired by Dawnay Day and Swordfish Investments for £95m.

Orchard Care Homes, the Leeds-based chain of 26 care homes, is to undergo a £175m management buy-out, and has sold a £70m portfolio of six properties to Invista and Prestigic Holdings in a sale-and-leaseback deal.

Barnsley Community Solutions has awarded a £8.8m contract to Bluestone to build two primary care centres in Cudworth and Grimethorpe by 2008.

Glasgow City Council and NHS Greater Glasgow are planning to build a £13m environmentally-friendly health centre in Govan, including nursing, social care, chiropody and other services.

Centres of Clinical Excellence has acquired the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre, the £46m health centre that is due to open at the Queen's Medical Centre in December.

Bupa is to sell 26 hospitals to Cinven for £1.44bn, with the transfer of 5,800 staff, in order to focus on insurance, care homes and home healthcare.

Cornwall & Isles of Scilly PCT is planning to invest £35m in the modernisation of health services, including new community health centres in Truro and Penzance.

Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust has appointed John Laing to design, build and operate a £75m mental health centre to replace St Luke's in Middlesbrough by 2010.

Davis Service has acquired the sterile medical consumables and decontamination operations of InHealth for £43m.

Mears has acquired Claremont Golcar, the Lancashire-based provider of domiciliary care services under the name of Britannia Care, for up to £1.1m, in order to expand its Careforce subsidiary.

Southern Cross Healthcare has acquired Avery Healthcare, the chain of 15 care homes in the North East, for £96m.

Allied Irish Bank is to help fund a £24m investment by Ladhar Group in the development of six purpose-built nursing homes in Yorkshire and one in Sunderland.

Prime Life has acquired three care homes in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire from Collegia Care for £5m, and plans to invest a further £40m in acquisitions and new developments across the country over the next few years.

Lancashire Care NHS Trust is to invest £150m in new mental health centres in East Lancashire, Lancaster, Blackpool and Central Lancashire, in order to stop providing such facilities on general hospital sites.

Medicsight is to raise £30m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its business supplying software for medical scanners.

The Department of Health has announced a £67m fund to invest in the refurbishment of up to 7,000 care homes for older people across England.

Williams Medical Supplies, the South Wales-based distributor of medical products to the primary care sector, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.

The Department of Health has announced that the NHS has been allocated £8bn to invest in new health services over the next 12 months, including schemes such as a £8m health centre in Newcastle and a £3.2m renal unit at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

Park Homes UK has announced plans for the £7m expansion of the St Andrews Nursing Home in Hawick, including a new 60-bed care facility and the creation of 100 jobs.

Surgical Innovations has raised £4m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Leeds-based surgical devices business.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has unveiled proposals to centralise its health facilities at a new £1bn health campus in Watford by 2016, including a 510-bed acute facility with teaching and training facilities.

Multi Group is to acquire Dream Group, the provider of outsourcing solutions to the healthcare, education and policing sectors, for £5.5m.

Conwy & Denbighshire NHS Trust is planning to set up a new child and adolescent mental health unit at Abergele in Conwy by 2009.

Smith & Nephew has acquired BlueSky Medical Group, the US developer of wound treatments, for up to £55m.

WPP has acquired WestawayGillis Consulting, the High Wycombe-based healthcare communications company with 30 staff and annual turnover of £3.3m.

Northern Devon Healthcare Trust has approved plans for the £23m refurbishment of the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

Company Health Group has acquired Cheviot Artus, the Skipton-based occupational health consultancy, for an initial £0.7m.

Healthcare Locums is to acquire JCJ Locums, the supplier of doctors to NHS hospitals throughout the country, for £5.5m.

NHS Lanarkshire has won Scottish Executive approval to build a £25m health and social care centre in Airdrie by 2009.

Strontium has acquired MiAD UK, the Sevenoaks-based provider of management training services to doctors with six staff, for an initial £0.2m.

Bristol Primary Care Trust is to build a £45m privately-financed community hospital in Hengrove Park by 2009, as part of a £50m government investment in community hospitals and super-surgeries across the country.

Claimar Care Group has acquired Jemma Care, the Deeside-based domiciliary care provider with 60 staff, for up to £1.2m.

Bupa is in preliminary discussions over the sale of its 26 hospitals, which could raise up to £1.2bn to invest in its health insurance and care homes business.

Acorn Home Care of Nottingham has acquired Twenty4Seven Homecare of Salford and Stockwell Care Services of the Cotswolds, creating a combined social services home care business with about 700 staff.

Bury Primary Care Trust is to set up a 45,000 sq ft medical centre at the £75m Townside Fields scheme, and construction work is due to start this summer.

Southern Cross Healthcare is to acquire 29 care homes that were operated by Focus Healthcare Group for a nominal sum, taking its total network to 640 sites.

Cello Group has acquired The MSI Consultancy, the Surrey-based healthcare marketing consultancy, for an initial £5.7m.

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is to acquire the Good Hope Hospital in Birmingham, creating a combined trust with almost 10,000 staff.

The School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool has secured £12m from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to carry out research at its new Centre for Tropical & Infectious Diseases due to open later this year.

Care UK is to acquire the Mercury Health division of Tribal for £77m, in order to expand its network of primary care and fast-track surgery centres.

Relate is to set up a relationship support call centre in Doncaster by the end of 2008, with the creation of more than 100 jobs, having secured £3.2m funding from Yorkshire Forward.

Rotherham Primary Care Trust is seeking permission to build a primary care centre at the former Bestobell Valves site in Greasbrough Street, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.

One Medical has agreed a deal with Yorkshire Bank to fund a £30m investment in the development of primary care centres across the country.

The Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust is to set up a 14-bed brain injuries unit at Goole & District Hospital, with work starting in August.

Smith & Nephew has acquired Plus Orthopedics, the Swiss manufacturer of replacement hips and knees, for £460m.

TG Eakin is to acquire Pelican Healthcare, the Cardiff-based supplier of disposable medical products, for undisclosed terms.

Mears has acquired Careforce, the Stevenage-based care services provider with 28 branches, for £22m.

North Glamorgan NHS Trust has won approval from the Welsh Assembly for the development of a new £64m community hospital in Mountain Ash by 2010.

Leeds Dental Institute is planning a £14m investment in new facilities, in order to double the number of students by 2010.

Patientline is to sell its Dutch hospital communications business to a management team for £8.6m, in order to focus on the UK.

Southern Cross Healthcare has acquired Life Style Care, the owner of leasehold interests in 23 London-based elderly care homes with 1,737 beds and gross assets of £12m.

Paragon (UK), the Chorley-based care services provider with 230 staff, has secured a £30m private equity investment from ISIS to fund a management buy-out and expansion plans.

The State Hospitals Board for Scotland is to consider bids from Miller, Skanska and Laing O'Rourke to build a new £50m high-security hospital on the site of the State Hospital in Carstairs.

Reed Shilling Healthcare, the Didcot-based supplier of disposable wipes with 32 staff, has been acquired by Synergy Healthcare for undisclosed terms.

Bolton Council has approved plans for the development of a £12m Alastair Ross Health Centre in Fold Lane by the end of next year, the first of a series of new centres due to be built by 2013.

Adventis Group has acquired LeapFrog Medical Communications, the Surrey-based medical education company, for up to £2.6m.

Virgin is planning to set up a chain of Virgin Medical Centres, in order to provide modern facilities for groups of GPs.

Mercury Health is planning to operate a new mini-hospital at Festival Leisure Park in Basildon from next autumn, creating 400 jobs, as part of a £36m contract to provide health services across Essex.

Coventry University has won approval to set up a £4.5m Health Design & Technology Institute by 2008, in order to help companies develop products to improve community healthcare and manage health at home.

NHS Fife has awarded a £152m contract to the Consort consortium to build and operate a major extension to the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy by 2010.

Moorcroft Developments, the Uttoxeter-based learning disabilities company that trades as Moorcare, has been acquired by Rushcliffe Care of Loughborough.

Sue Ryder Care has announced proposals to build a new home for the terminally ill in the grounds of Thorpe Hall in Peterborough, at a cost of up to £5m.

Ashley House has raised £5m in a share placing on Aim to fund the development of new GP surgeries.

Sunrise Senior Living of the US is considering plans to invest £500m in the development of up to 18 nursing home centres in the UK, in partnership with Prudential Financial.

Sue Ryder Care is to invest up to £10m in the development of a brain injury rehabilitation service at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge over the next five years.

LS Care is planning to expand its homecare services this year, with the opening of two new offices in Carlisle and North Yorkshire and the creation of 130 jobs.

Royal Bolton Hospital is to invest £12m in the expansion of its services over the next four years, including intensive care, heart surgery, neonatal, maternity and children's services.

Isle of Wight Council and the Primary Care Trust are considering plans to set up a joint headquarters, but a suitable site has not yet been identified.

Hereward Care Services has secured a funding package from NatWest to expand its domiciliary and residential care services across the East of England.

International Medical Devices has acquired ProCare, the Selby-based supplier of feeding suction systems to the NHS with 22 staff, for £3m, as well as Minster Medical, the Selby-based supplier of catheters, for £0.5m.

Accantia Group has sold its Lil-lets hygiene products business to a management buy-out backed by Electra Partners for £27m.

Primary Health Properties is to acquire CHH, the owner of nine primary healthcare facilities across the country, for £39m.

Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust has selected the Equion consortium to build the proposed £300m hospital at Pembury, and work is due to start in autumn 2007.

NHS Greater Glasgow has won planning permission to build a £7m 24-bed mental health unit on the new Stobhill Hospital site by summer 2008.

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust is seeking permission for the £14m expansion of Watford General Hospital, with work expected to start in mid-2007.