Preferred bidder award for ISTC project

Care UK Plc, the specialist health and social care provider, is pleased to announce that its 50% owned joint venture company, Partnership Health Group (“PHG”), been appointed preferred bidder by the Department of Health for a major Independent Sector Treatment Centre (“ISTC”) project serving patients across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The services to be provided by PHG include approximately 100,000 elective cases across 8 specialties offered from facilities at the Royal South Hants Hospital in Southampton and running of all services, including approximately 40,000 elective and non-electives cases across 15 specialties, from the newly constructed Lymington New Forest Hospital.  PHG will also provide urgent care services from Lymington including a Medical Assessment Unit, Minor Injuries Unit and diagnostics.

The services for this important five-year project are expected to commence in July 2007 and will involve capital investment of around £21m.

Mike Parish, Chief Executive of Care UK, said:

“We are delighted that PHG has been appointed as preferred bidder for this ground breaking and substantial project, which closely follows the preferred bidder appointment for the Manchester CATS project recently awarded to Care UK.  We are particularly pleased that this will be the first ISTC to manage the entire range of clinical services at an NHS site, at Lymington New Forest Hospital. 

“We look forward to continuing our active involvement with the Department of Health, Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts to develop and provide significantly enhanced acute and community services for NHS patients.

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