By Edie Bourne
Fortius Clinic, the UK’s largest single orthopaedic musculo-skeletal group, has agreed to acquire Schoen Clinic London.
The Fortius Clinic in Marylebone, London
The acquisition is billed to create ‘a unique centre of excellence in orthopaedics and sports medicine in the capital’.
Fortius Clinic chief executive Jim McAvoy hailed the deal as a significant step forward for the company, allowing it to expand its range of services and offer a more comprehensive service to patients.
‘It complements our existing Fortius facilities, providing us with the extra capacity, options, and flexibility to support our consultants and patients at a dedicated centre of excellence in the heart of London.
The Schoen Clinic in Wigmore Street, London
‘We are excited to welcome Schoen Clinic London’s consultants, clinical teams and colleagues to the Fortius Clinic family, and we look forward to delivering world-class care to even more patients as we strive to become Europe’s trusted partner in orthopaedics and sports medicine.’
All Schoen Clinic London members of staff, which included doctors on an employed contract, will be transferred across to Fortius Clinic. It is envisaged patient care will continue as normal throughout the transition period and beyond.
Fortius Clinic is part of Affidea Group, the largest European medical provider operating over 330 clinics and leading outpatient and diagnostic centres, as well as centres of excellence in a variety of specialties for more than 12m patients every year.
Affidea’s chief executive and chairman Guy Blomfield said: ‘The combination of the Fortius and Schoen Clinic London clinical teams is compelling and will provide the London market with an unparalleled orthopaedic centre of excellence.
‘The UK, as with many European health systems, is underprovided for in this important category of care, and this combination will be the reference point to further develop higher acuity capacity across our European footprint.
‘While Affidea is Europe’s largest diagnostic and out-of-hospital care provider, it also has a significant number of single-specialty hospital facilities in cancer care and orthopaedics. Our strategy to selectively add complementary centres of excellence for our patients is an important driver of service growth for the group.’
Schoen Clinic Group chief executive Dr Mate Ivancic said: ‘Our UK vision for the future is to significantly grow our footprint and capabilities in mental health treatment areas, as there is an unprecedented demand for mental health treatments in the UK.’
Completion of the Schoen Clinic London acquisition by Fortius Clinic is subject to limited regulatory approvals.