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Health Care - 2001
Isotron, the provider of sterilisation services to the medical and food industries, has acquired Gammaster from OPG of the Netherlands for £34m, partly funded by a £18m share placing.
Alchemy Partners is investing £30m in the Just Learning nursery school business, in order to expand the chain from 21 to 35 centres by 2003.
Jarvis has been selected as preferred bidder to build a £25m walk-in care centre for Birmingham City Hospital NHS Trust, one of 20 planned throughout the country.
Swansea NHS Trust has announced plans to spend £2.6m expanding Morriston Hospital's cardiac unit by autumn 2002.
Integrated Dental Holdings is planning to raise £15m in a flotation to fund the expansion of its chain of 128 dental clinics.
Wrexham County Borough Council is to consider plans from the North East Wales NHS Trust for the refurbishment of Penley Hospital, although the cost of the project is not yet known.
Staffordshire County Council has announced plans to renovate and extend 19 nursing homes as part of a £9.4m investment programme, but a further four homes will be closed.
Health Clinic is planning to expand its chain of 17 city centre eye and health clinics with three new outlets over the coming months.
Edinburgh University has announced plans to build a £50m research institute for medical cell biology next to the new Royal Infirmary at Little France, with completion due in 2004.
Lynn & Wisbech Hospitals Trust has announced plans for the £4.1m expansion of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn, in order to provide new equipment and move critical-care beds into one ward.
Insurance Personnel Selection is to handle the recruitment of 25 staff for a new NHS insurance office in Croydon.
Rugby Borough Council is to consider plans from Warwickshire Health Authority to build a £2m three-storey medical centre in the town centre.
The Cardiothoracic Centre in Liverpool is to receive £40m of government funding to transform it into one of Europe's leading heart hospitals, which will lead to the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Avon Health Authority is to consider plans for the multi-million pound refurbishment of St Martin's Hospital in Bath, which would include raising about £4m from the sale of a third of the site.
Whittington Hospital in north London has selected Jarvis as preferred bidder for a £30m contract to build new acute facilities.
Willmott Dixon has won a £4.4m contract from Pembrokeshire & Derwen NHS Trust to build a new mental health facility in Haverfordwest.
Skanska has been selected as preferred bidder for the £180m redevelopment of the Walsgrave hospital in Coventry and is also closing in on a £177m contract for Southern Derbyshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
North East Lincolnshire NHS Trust has awarded a £8.5m contract to Allenbuild to build a day patient and ante-natal care unit at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.
Babergh District Council is to consider plans from West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust to build a £12m hospital in Sudbury by 2004.
MJ Gleeson has won a £21m contract to build a community hospital in Farnham, and is now bidding for the £130m redevelopment project at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
System C Healthcare, the supplier of patient management software, is to double its staff to 60 over the coming months, and is considering plans for a flotation next year.
Charing Cross Hospital in London has shortlisted five companies to build a £9m mental health unit.
The Queen Mary hospital in east London is to select a preferred bidder next month for a £33m project to build a new dentistry and medical school.
Balfour Beatty Capital Projects and Charterhouse Project Finance have been selected as preferred bidder to build and maintain a £86m public-private partnership hospital in Blackburn.
HBG has won a £6.3m contract to build an oncology unit at the Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.
Deltex Medical, the heart monitor manufacturer, is planning to raise £5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the expansion of its sales and marketing activities.
Ashley House is planning to raise £5m in a flotation on Aim in order to fund the expansion of its health centre project management business.
SSL International is to sell its continence care business to Coloplast of Denmark for £80m.
St James's University Hospital in Leeds has announced plans to build a £163m cancer treatment centre by 2006, with the creation of 1,000 jobs.
Barnet Primary Care NHS Trust is inviting tenders for the development of a new £16m hospital on the site of the Edgware Community Hospital.
Clugston has won a contract to design, build and operate a £8m hospital in Sedgefield, which will provide accommodation for elderly and mental health patients.
Lombard Medical is planning to acquire LionMedical for up to £2.8m, as part of a strategy to expand its investments in the cardiovascular medical devices sector.
Medicals Direct has acquired the medico-legal and clinics operations of The Lancer Group, in order to expand its business in the insurance and legal industries.
North Tyneside & Northumberland NHS Trust is planning to build a £21m mental hospital in Morpeth, and a preferred bidder is expected to be appointed next June.
Rydon is to build a £5.9m residential nursing care home at Acton in London for the Ealing Family Housing Association.
The Bath Clinic is to invest £3m in the improvement of services at its private hospital in Bath, which will involve an endoscopy suite, new consulting rooms, an MRI unit and operating theatre facilities.
Dundee University is to receive £8m of funding for the development of a new medical research centre, one of several Scottish institutions to attract funds under the £75m government scheme.
Tayside Health Board is to relocate its headquarters from the Dundee Technology Park to the King's Cross Hospital later this year, raising the prospect of a call centre operator moving into its existing building.
Williams Medical Supplies, the Blaenau Gwent-based medical supplies company, is planning to increase its workforce from 60 to 85 over the next three years, following an increase in demand from doctors' surgeries.
ScotNursing is planning to open eight new nursing recruitment centres in Scotland and four in England, with the creation of 200 jobs over the next year.
Kidsunlimited is planning to expand its chain of children's nurseries from 32 to 64 over the next five years with the creation of 1,000 jobs, having secured £12m of funding.
New Forest District Council is considering plans from Colten Care for the development of a 40-bed nursing and residential home in Lymington.
Compass is to acquire Crothall Services, the US provider of ancillary healthcare services, for £120m, which will help it win hospital management contracts in North America.
Healthcall, the provider of out of hours medical services, has agreed to a £110m takeover bid from Nestor Healthcare.
Lister Bestcare, the supplier of body scanning units for the NHS and private hospitals, has doubled in size following the acquisition of Westminster Healthcare's diagnostic units in London, East Anglia and the south east.
Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust has awarded a £35m contract to Bilfinger & Berger for the refurbishment of Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, and M&W Zander will take over facilities management of the site.
Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge has unveiled plans for the development of a new £30m surgical centre by 2005.
Synergy Healthcare, the supplier of sterilisation services to hospitals, is planning to raise £8m in a flotation on Aim to fund the creation of new "clean rooms".
Nord Anglia is to acquire Bright Horizons, the operator of 10 day care nurseries in the south of England, for £6m.
Whipps Cross University Hospital in north east London has won outline planning permission for a £184m programme of improvements over the next five years.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is planning to build a £23m children's hospital at Foresterhill, and has shortlisted four companies for the work - Hall & Tawse, Morrison, Balfour Beatty and Robertson.
RS Biotech Laboratory Equipment is to invest £0.7m at its new factory in Irvine to produce incubators for the medical industry, with the creation of 12 jobs.
The National Assembly for Wales has given the go-ahead for the development of a £23m community hospital in Merthyr Tydfil over the next five years.
Henry Boot has won a £11m contract to design and build a three-storey ward block and day surgery unit at Mayday Hospital in Croydon.
Smiths Group has sold its Eschmann medical equipment business, which employs 230 people in West Sussex and Singapore, to a group of private investors for £11m.
Telewest is to develop an interactive healthcare service for the National Health Service, using its broadband network to deliver information and advice via TV sets.
Taylor Woodrow has been selected as preferred bidder to build a £10m medical and dental centre for the Ministry of Defence at Tidworth Garrison in Hampshire.
MJ Gleeson has won a £36m contract to build the Evelina Children's Hospital in Lambeth for the Guys & St Thomas' Hospital Trust.
Health Clinic is planning to develop an insurance product to cover GP, eye and dental care services, and expects to be operating a total of 15 eye clinics and five health clinics by the end of the year.
Norwich City Council has approved plans for the development of a £9m medical school at the University of East Anglia.
Shiloh is to acquire Hunters Mobility Services, the Sunderland-based supplier of mobility equipment to hospitals, for up to £1.1m.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is to appoint a preferred bidder in September for a £12m contract to build the New Wharfedale Locality Hospital at Otley, near Leeds.
Huntleigh Technology is to acquire Joyce Healthcare, the Australian manufacturer of hospital beds, for about £3m.
James Hull Associates has raised £21m from Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance and 3i to fund the expansion of its chain of 30 private dental practices.
Harlow Council has approved plans from Harlow Health Centres Trust for the development of a £4.5m 56-bed nursing home in Monkswick Road.
Boots is planning to speed up the development of its laser eye clinics, with five more opening before August.
The University of Plymouth has awarded a £15m contract to Bovis Lend Lease for the development of a medical school and health institute.
Community Hospitals Group is expected to sell off hospital buildings and fixed assets valued at £225m, to enable its new parent company Capio to focus on the provision of healthcare and fund further expansion into Germany.
Kier has won a £198m contract from Prospect Healthcare to build a 200-bed hospital in Reading.
The government has announced plans to invest £100m in maternity services, in order to provide an extra 2,000 midwives by 2005.
The Scottish Executive has announced plans to invest £27m in hospitals in the Highlands & Islands, including £12m for a hospital in Lochgilphead, Argyll and £10m for the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall.
Community Hospitals Group is to be acquired by Capio, the Swedish private hospitals company, for £244m.
Exeter City Council has approved plans for the development of a new medical school on Exeter University's St Luke's campus, and work is due for completion in May 2002.
Northampton Community Healthcare NHS Trust has shortlisted Jarvis, Galliford and Balfour Beatty to build a £18m mental health hospital in Northampton.
Oasis Healthcare is planning to expand its chain of dental practices from 36 to 100 by 2003, and will acquire about three practices a month over the next year.
Ferraris is acquiring Reynolds Medical Group, the manufacturer of heart monitoring equipment, for £14m, funded by a £8.5m share placing.
Bupa is seeking opportunities to expand its health care business in continental Europe, and is particularly interested in Spanish nursing homes.
Boots has acquired Portland Ceramics, the Manchester-based dental laboratory, for £1.6m, and will invest £0.5m in the laboratory in the first year.
Hull University is to build a £22m medical school in partnership with York University, as part of a government scheme to train an extra 2,000 doctors nationwide.
Glasgow University is to build a new £6m medical school on University Avenue.
Winchester & Eastleigh Healthcare Trust is planning to invest about £5m in IT systems over the next five years, including new developments such as telemedicine.
North Durham NHS Trust has selected Robertson of Elgin as preferred bidder for a £10m contract to build a community hospital in Chester-le-Street.
North Glasgow University Hospital NHS Trust is planning to build a national centre to provide specialist treatment for bone cancer at the Western Infirmary.
Loop Customer Management is to create 80 jobs at a call centre in Bradford, having won a contract to organise appointments for the National Blood Service.
Belfast City Hospital has won approval to set up a £4m regional cancer centre, which will provide day care and outpatient treatment on one site.
Portsmouth City Council is to consider plans from US-backed Regents Park Healthcare for the development of a £30m private heart hospital.
Omnilabs, the supplier of laboratory services to Bupa and Harley Street, has raised £2.8m to finance the expansion of the business.
Community Hospitals Group has started work on the £3.5m expansion of the Rivers Hospital at Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire, including a third operating theatre and 12 new in-patient rooms.
Highland Primary Care NHS Trust has approved plans for the £4.6m refurbishment of the Nairn hospital, which will combine GPs, social workers and hospital staff onto one site.
South Devon Healthcare Trust is planning to redevelop Torbay Hospital and build a new community facility at Newton Abbot at a cost of £65m.
Avon & Western Wiltshire Trust is to invest £85m in improvements to mental health services in the Avon area over the next 10 years, including new buildings in Bristol and an enlarged unit in Weston-super-Mare.
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is to build a £160m 450-bed hospital in Tunbridge Wells, which will replace the run-down Kent & Sussex and Pembury hospitals.
The Churchill Hospital in Oxford is planning to build a £28m Centre for Cancer Medicine.
South & West Devon Health Authority is planning to build a new £73m hospital in Plymouth, while the existing Derriford site will be reorganised at a cost of £28m.
North Kirklees Primary Care Group is to build a new health centre in Ravensthorpe, as part of a £12m investment in community health services in North Kirklees.
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust is to set up a £52m cancer care centre at Southampton General Hospital by 2006.
North Cumbria Health Authority has won approval to build a new £10m hospital to replace the existing Workington Infirmary.
East Herts Council has approved outline plans the East & North Herts NHS Trust for the redevelopment of Hertford County Hospital's North Road site.
Whittington Hospital in north London is to be expanded in a £25m private finance initiative project, and three consortia have been shortlisted for the construction work.
Swindon & Marlborough NHS Trust has announced plans to build a 60-bed intensive rehabilitation centre next to Swindon's new hospital development at Commonhead.
Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust has raised £1.4m to develop a medical assessment unit at Sandwell General Hospital.
NHP is to buy Highfield Holdings, the operator of nursing homes, having abandoned talks about a reverse takeover with Southern Cross.
OnMedica is to acquire MediDesk, the supplier of software and online services to the healthcare sector, for £15m.
Affinity Healthcare is to invest £4m in a new 20-bed private psychiatric unit at Trees Park Village near Darlington, with the creation of more than 100 jobs.
Amtec is to double the staff at its Antrim base to more than 50 people in the next two years, having won a £40m contract to supply a portable blood clot detection device to Smith & Nephew.
Patientline is planning to raise £30m to fund the installation of TV and telephone services in hospitals, and has won a government licence to use its system in NHS hospitals.
Primal Pictures, the developer of interactive 3D medical images, is planning to raise £3m to fund the development of new products.
Duchy Hospital, the private hospital in Truro, is to undergo a £2m expansion that will include the creation of a new high-dependency unit.
Daventry District Council is to consider plans for the £8m redevelopment of Danetre Hospital, which will involve new beds and improvements to outpatient services.