By Robin Stride
An £18m, 20,000 sq.ft outpatients and diagnostics centre is to be opened by HCA Healthcare UK in early 2024 at London’s Canary Wharf.
The new centre is an expansion of services currently delivered at nearby 2 Upper Bank Street and will meet growing demand for private healthcare from the area’s professional and residential populations.
Over 30% of those working and/or living in Canary Wharf hold private medical insurance and HCA sees private healthcare growing as more people access this cover or self-pay.
The hospital group also reports a growth in primary care screening services and referrals to specialist care as professionals return to their offices to work.
A wide range of services are promised, including:
- A comprehensive range of on-site imaging and diagnostics including early pregnancy scanning, mammography, X-ray and MRI scans;
- GP-led health screening;
- Consultant-led outpatient clinics;
- Fertility expertise.
HCA Healthcare UK at Canary Wharf will be operated by London Bridge Hospital, whose outpatient access points include HCA UK City of London and HCA UK at The Shard.
London Bridge Hospital chief executive Janene Madden said: ‘This will give professionals and residents working and living in the area a new convenient access point to HCA UK’s high-quality healthcare services.’
The hospital group’s UK president and chief executive John Reay said the venture reflected a growing demand for high-quality private healthcare.
‘From complex care to GP services and outpatient and diagnostic care, our ambition has always been to ensure we can care for a patient no matter what their health need and in locations they can access quickly and easily.’
Canary Wharf is part of the fastest-growing local authorities in the UK, increasing demand on the existing healthcare infrastructure. Major development projects including North Quay, Wood Wharf and South Dock Bridge alongside the recent opening of the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) have significantly improved transport links for the working and residential population.