The Board of Directors and Governors’ Council at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn have today approved the purchase of the on-site BMI Sandringham Hospital.
The acquisition will see the Trust purchase the building and transfer 76 BMI staff to the Trust.
The site will be used to create additional capacity at the Trust for planned NHS operations and procedures – allowing patients to access more timely care and treatment.
Professor Steve Barnett, Chairman at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital said: “The approval to complete our purchase of the BMI Sandringham Hospital from our Board and Governors’ Council is a big step forward and will allow our patients to access more timely care and treatments.”
The purchase of the BMI Sandringham Hospital, located on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site, will see the Trust increase the number of inpatient beds by 30 and gain an additional two theatres.
Caroline Shaw, Chief Executive at QEH said: “The extra capacity will initially support our response to the coming winter period, allowing us to continue with planned elective operations or procedures despite increased emergency admissions which in the past, has seen some elective procedures postponed at short notice.
“Then, as we move into the summer period, it will support the work we are doing to further reduce our waiting lists.
“This is a really exciting step forward for our Trust, our patients and the communities we serve and one which is in keeping with our five-year strategy. We look forward to welcoming NHS patients to the site over the coming weeks and months.”
It is hoped that in the future the Trust will also be able to use the site to offer a small private practice which will generate additional income for the Trust to be reinvested into NHS services – a model used by many NHS Trusts across the country.
The purchase forms part of the Trust’s capital investment programme for 20/21, which is funded by a combination of Trust resources and additional programme support from DHSC.
The Trust will formally complete the purchase of the BMI Sandringham Hospital on 30 September 2020.
Notes to Editors
NHS patients who have had care transferred to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital should telephone 01553 613613 and speak to the relevant clinical team.
All other patients are advised to contact BMI’s National Enquiry Centre on 0800 092 2941.
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