Doctors benefit from demand for private care in Midlands

A new private hospital in Birmingham is being supported by leading consultants covering specialties including cancer, cardiac care, orthopaedics, urology and digestive diseases.

HCA’s £100m The Harborne Hospital, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham campus, is a partnership with University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust.

Two of the hospital’s eight floors and 72 beds are for the care of NHS patients, operated by trust. 

This is the latest in HCA UK’s joint venture partnerships, which generate revenue to re-invest back into NHS services. 

HCA said demand for private healthcare continued to be strong, particularly in the West Midlands where around 10% of people in the region had access to private medical insurance. 

Facilities include 50 private en-suite inpatient beds, 16 private day care beds, outpatient services, four operating theatres, a day-care unit with outpatient chemotherapy and radiotherapy services, a pharmacy and an ITU.

Equipment includes the region’s first da Vinci Xi in the private sector.

Claire Dunsterville, market CEO for Birmingham with responsibility for The Harborne Hospital, said: ‘We have seen increased demand across the region for private healthcare and by bringing together our expert teams and leading consultants in our hospital we will be able to provide a depth and breadth of private care at a level of complexity on a scale not previously available in the region.’