Published on 17/01/2012
Circle Healthcare, the private healthcare firm which recently took over the failing NHS Hinchingbrooke Hospital, is set to develop its first hospital in Scotland.
Circle Healthcare, run as a John Lewis-style partnership where employees own a stake in the firm, has submitted plans to establish the £30 million clinic on the site of a ruined stately home in Edinburgh.
The hospital would be modelled on its flagship open-plan hospital in Bath, which boasts a ‘five-star hotel’ service. Facilities will include a fine dining experience and organic food, as well as 80 beds.
The hospital is expected to offer a range of cosmetic and weight-loss surgeries, private cancer treatment and dozens of clinical procedures, including hip and knee operations.
Details of the development will be submitted to councillors on the planning committee this week.
William Laing, founder of private health market intelligence agency Laing & Buisson, told the Evening News firms have moved towards the luxury market in an attempt to stand out from their competitors.
“At the moment Spire has a monopoly on the private healthcare business in Edinburgh, but Circle will be looking for a good site and an opening into that market. This luxury experience might help marketing but Circle will primarily be wanting to attract good local consultants."
“They will want to develop a relationship with local private practicing consultants and encourage them to bring patients to their hospital.”
Patients who wish to be treated at a Circle hospital will need to pay for themselves or use their private medical insurance. For a chance to receive five star healthcare, compare health insurance online now.
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