August 29, 2008

Nhs Trust Buys Private Nuffield Hospital ; A Private Hospital in Cottingham Has Been Bought By the NHS in a Multi-Million Pound Deal, the Mail Can Reveal.

A Private hospital in Cottingham has been bought by the NHS in a multi-million pound deal, the Mail can reveal.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has taken over the Hull Nuffield Hospital in the grounds of Castle Hill.

Nuffield Hospitals have already sold off nine of their sites to another healthcare provider, but it is extremely unusual for a NHS trust to make such a purchase.

Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust also plans to spend pounds1m to bring the private facilities up to national standards, it is believed.

The amount the trust paid for the hospital remains undisclosed.

Sources say the 38-bed private hospital will help the trust to address problems with privacy and individual patient care.

It will offer breast surgery and other services in its three major operating theatres and one minor theatre, enabling thousands more patients to be treated in Hull and East Yorkshire, it is claimed.

Hull and East Riding Hospitals NHS Trust was unable to comment on the development, which the Mail understands will be launched officially by Health Secretary and Hull West and Hessle MP Alan Johnson tomorrow.

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