Nuffield acquires five Aspen hospitals on long-term leases

Parkside Hospital, Wimbledon

Around 750 consultants with practising privileges at five Aspen Healthcare hospitals have been sent a ‘welcome to Nuffield Health’ message announcing the UK’s largest healthcare charity’s completion of an acquisition.

The hospitals are Parkside Private Hospital (Wimbledon), Highgate Private Hospital (London), The Holly Private Hospital (Essex), Cancer Centre London and The Edinburgh Clinic. 

Concurrently, Nuffield Health has also entered into long-term leases with Aspen Healthcare’s owner, NorthWest Healthcare Properties REIT, in respect of the five hospitals.

The Holly Private Hospital, Buckhurst Hill, Essex

It said the value of the deal was ‘confidential’.

Aspen Healthcare’s five hospitals are each located nearby to Nuffield Health’s existing fitness and well-being services – allowing Nuffield Health to strengthen its connected health and well-being services in communities where they are currently under-represented – the M25 corridor and the east coast of Scotland.

Nuffield chief executive Steve Gray said: ‘This strategic acquisition will improve our representation in local communities within the M25 corridor and across the east coast of Scotland, connecting up our hospital and fitness and well-being services. This will enable us to support more people in these communities to live healthy, get better and stay well. 

Steve Gray

‘We’re in a unique position as the UK’s largest healthcare charity – with a strong purpose and connected health offering – to meet the rising demand for healthcare services. 

‘Our team are looking forward to work alongside Aspen’s teams, who have shown how talented they are during the challenges of the pandemic and in operating successfully for many years to deliver excellent patient care.’

Aspen chief executive Rob Anderson said: ‘This agreement with Nuffield Health will ensure a stable and secure future for Aspen’s hospitals and will allow our talented team to continue the great work that they do. 

‘Nuffield Health’s values are closely aligned with Aspen Healthcare; we share a strong passion and ongoing commitment to patient care. This is an exciting time for us all which brings stability and a bright future.’