Consultants praised as Phoenix agrees to buy One hospitals

One Hatfield Hospital

Independent provider Phoenix Hospital Group has reached agreement to acquire One Healthcare, the operator of both One Ashford Hospital, Kent, and One Hatfield Hospital, Hertfordshire.

It says the acquisition, subject to a ‘small number’ of formalities, provides excellent opportunities for collaboration and growth.

Phoenix works with 800 consultants in private practice and runs two London outpatient centres at 9 Harley Street and 25 Harley Street, and two hospitals: Weymouth Street Hospital (London) and Phoenix Hospital Chelmsford, Essex.

One Healthcare will continue operating through the transaction with no changes to its hospitals’ activities or staffing.

Strong partnership

Andrew Baker

Phoenix chief executive Andrew Barker called One Healthcare an ‘outstanding provider of care’ which had established strong collegiate partnerships with consultants, the NHS, and local partners. 

‘Phoenix has always enjoyed strong partnerships and adopted a collegiate approach to working with consultants. We very much look forward to building on all the relationships already established at One Ashford and One Hatfield, which are both excellent hospitals.  

‘Ultimately, our hospitals are only as good as the consultants providing the care and we wish to ensure that all Phoenix locations are welcoming, engaged and joined up with our consultants with all parties having a voice in everything that we do.

‘We believe a strong GP presence can only enhance care and we are keen to work with local private GPs to build successful partnerships, increase patient numbers and provide outstanding primary care.’

Civica Medical Billing

One Hospital, Ashford, Kent

Incredibly impressed

He said his team had been ‘incredibly impressed’ by the One Healthcare staff, consultants and management team and looked forward to welcoming them into Phoenix Hospital Group’, he said.

‘This is an exciting opportunity to bring together two successful and complementary hospital groups both delivering outstanding care. Phoenix already has a strong and successful approach focussed on central London and Essex. One Healthcare is a natural fit with a strong range of services and impressive patient demand.

‘It has been our intention to grow by acquisition and we are delighted to be able to take One Healthcare forward as part of our larger group, further expanding our geographic reach.’

Des Shiels

One Healthcare chief executive Des Shiels said: ‘One Ashford Hospital treated its first patient in March 2016, and One Hatfield Hospital in December 2017. Since then, both hospitals have become an integral part of the delivery of healthcare in their local communities, providing the highest quality of care to our patients.

‘The agreement with Phoenix Hospital Group will provide a stable and secure future for the One Healthcare Hospitals. Phoenix’s values are closely aligned with One Healthcare’s and will enable our dedicated team to continue to provide high quality care for our patients.’

Phoenix said it would continue to seek opportunities for further growth and enhance its position ‘as the choice for patients and consultants seeking high quality personalised private healthcare’.