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Birmingham City Council has approved plans from Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust to extend Moseley Hall Hospital with nine new wards.
North Devon Primary Care Trust has announced plans to build a £2m health centre in Lynton.
Duke Street Capital has acquired Affinity Healthcare, the operator of psychiatric hospitals in Cheshire and Durham, for up to £75m.
Christie Hospital NHS Trust is to seek permission to build a new £6m critical care unit at its site in Manchester next year.
Oxford Primary Care Trust and Infracare Consortium have announced plans to build two health centres in Oxford next year.
Craegmoor Healthcare has submitted plans to Epping Forest Council to build a 24-bed mental hospital in Thornwood.
Liverpool City Council is recruiting more than 150 extra staff to improve services for the elderly.
Forth Valley NHS Board is seeking contractors for a £250m deal to build an acute hospital facility at the Royal Scottish National Hospital in Larbert.
Careforce has acquired Independent Home Care of Northamptonshire for £0.3m.
Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is planning to develop a new £6m children's hospital at Doncaster Royal Infirmary over the next five years.
Tribal Group has won a £214m contract to set up five NHS treatment centres in Portsmouth, Havant, Sussex, Medway and Wycombe.
Careforce has acquired Clarina Care, the Guildford-based provider of care services, for £1.4m.
Helen McArdle Care, the chain of 24 care homes in the north-east, has been acquired by Bondcare of London for £100m.
Stewartry Care, the Castle Douglas-based provider of hygiene and healthcare services, has been sold to its 132 employees in a deal backed by the Baxi Partnership.
Omega Critical Care has secured a £0.5m Scottish Executive grant to establish a new business in East Kilbride to produce heart monitoring systems, with the creation of 74 jobs over the next four years.
Medical Research Council is seeking a contractor to build a £14m biomedical research centre in south Cambridgeshire.
NHP, the operator of 192 nursing homes, is to be acquired by Blackstone of the US for £564m.
The Scottish Executive is to relocate 17 jobs at the National Health Service Central Register from Edinburgh to the Crichton Campus in Dumfries.
Nord Anglia Education is planning to spend £7m expanding its chain of 102 nurseries over the next two years.
NHS Greater Glasgow has unveiled plans to build a £19m psychiatric hospital to replace the Gartnavel Royal Hospital by 2006.
Alliance UniChem is to sell Crest Medical, the supplier of first aid and medical products, to Healthcare Enterprise Group for an initial £4.5m.
Huntleigh Technology has sold Huntleigh National Care, the supplier of community equipment services to local authorities and healthcare trusts, to the Nottingham Rehab subsidiary of Findel.
Harrogate Council is considering plans from Partnerships in Care to set up a medium-security psychiatric hospital at HMS Forest Moor, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Kier has won a £20m contract from Barnet Healthcare NHS Trust to build a mental health facility at Barnet General Hospital.
Yorkon, the off-site construction company, has won a £9.2m contract from Mendip Primary Care Trust to build a new treatment centre for Shepton Mallet.
Langbaurgh Primary Care Trust has announced plans to build a new £25m hospital in Redcar to replace the Stead Memorial Hospital.
The Department of Health is to commission a further 250,000 operations a year from the private sector, which will involve the development of additional independent treatment centres and a £400m annual investment in diagnostics.
First Dental Laboratories (1st Dental) is to acquire Benchmark Dental Laboratories for £4.7m, increasing its chain of laboratories from ten to 15.
The Department of Health has announced plans to set up seven walk-in health centres near railway stations in London, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle, and is seeking independent operators.
The Ulster Independent Clinic in Belfast has announced plans for a £8m three-storey expansion programme by 2007, increasing the number of beds from 48 to 72.
Derbyshire Dales & South Derbyshire Primary Care Trust is considering plans to build a new hospital and health centre in Ashbourne, to replace St Oswald's Hospital.
Birmingham City Council has granted planning permission to Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust to unite the city's mental health services and build four new centres, at a cost of £60m.
Westminster Healthcare is to be acquired by Barchester for £525m, creating a combined chain of 160 care homes with about 8,000 staff.
North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has announced proposals to build a new mini-hospital in Whitehaven for routine operations and outpatient clinics.
Greater Glasgow NHS Board has been granted £100m from the Scottish Executive to build a new children's hospital, on the condition that the chosen site includes adult and maternity services.
Hinckley & Bosworth Primary Care Trust is planning to build a new £25m hospital complex in Hinckley.
North West Wales NHS Trust is to start work on the development of a new £13m community hospital in Porthmadog by next July.
Selby & York Primary Care Trust is planning to extend Selby War Memorial Hospital at a cost of £23m.
Williams Medical Supplies is creating 45 jobs at a new 73,000 sq ft warehouse in Rhymney, South Wales.
Waveney Primary Care Trust is to relocate up to 100 staff from four sites to a new headquarters in Beccles early next year.
Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust has selected a Carillion-led consortium as preferred bidder to build a £50m treatment centre at Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital.
Medical Marketing International has raised £2.3m in a share placing to fund the expansion of its Cambridge-based technology consultancy.
SSL International is to sell Silipos, its US-based prosthetic products business, to Langer for £9m.
Northumberland Tyne & Wear Strategic Health Authority has approved plans to build a £22m psychiatric unit at St Nicholas' Hospital in Gosforth by 2006.
West Private Equity has sold Southern Cross Healthcare, the operator of 160 care homes, to Blackstone of the US for £162m.
Boots is to close its laser eye care, chiropody and dentistry operations by the end of the year, casting doubt on the future of 850 jobs, and the space will be used to expand its retailing operations.
Femcare, the health care company with 70 staff in Nottingham and Southampton, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Barclays Private Equity for undisclosed terms.
Bristol North Primary Care Trust has won approval from Avon, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority to build a £22m community health care centre.
HBG has won a £12m contract to build an ambulatory care and diagnostic unit at Kettering General Hospital by 2006.
South Stoke Primary Care Trust is planning to build a £7m one-stop health centre in Shelton, including four GP surgeries.
Bupa Care Services has acquired Carrick Care Homes, the Scottish operator of 12 care homes with 700 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting bids for the design of a new hospital, as part of a £300m project that will also involve the refurbishment of the existing Derriford Hospital.
The Department of Health has awarded a £100m contract to OR International of the US to build and operate a fast-track surgical hospital at Shepton Mallet.
Lothian Health Board has awarded a £4.5m contract to Kier to extend the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust has awarded a £8.7m contract to Kier Northern to build an extension to the Sunderland Royal Hospital.
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is seeking a contractor to build a £300m 650-bed acute hospital and 59-bed mental health unit in Tunbridge Wells.
The University of Liverpool is to build a £9m small animal hospital next to the existing large animal hospital at Leahurst, near Neston, by the end of 2006.
Velindre NHS Trust has awarded a £1.2m contract to Gee Construction to build a new radiotherapy unit at Velindre Hospital in Cardiff.
St Andrew's Hospital in Northampton has awarded a £10m contract to Gleeson to build a 44-bed medium-security unit.
Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust has won government permission to rebuild Hillingdon Hospital by 2010, at a cost of £270m.
Supporta is to acquire Quality Care, the care provider, for £3.3m, and Parys Snowdon, the provider of back office services to the NHS, for £1.6m.
Oldham Primary Care Trust is to open a new £12m medical walk-in centre in Oldham in September.
Chester City Council has approved plans to build a £6.6m extension at the Countess of Chester Hospital by the end of 2005, including new facilities for cardiac, renal and urology outpatient services.
Wessex Regional Genetics Laboratory at Salisbury District Hospital has secured £1.3m to set up a fast-track facility for genetic testing, as part of a national programme announced by the Department of Health.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School has secured a £1.5m grant to invest in research and innovation, as part of a £12m government investment in eight medical schools across the country.
Medical Solutions is to acquire two medical laboratories in Dubai for £1.6m, including Dubai Medical Laboratories and Specialised Clinical Laboratories.
Integrated Dental Holdings, the chain of 130 dental practices, has agreed terms for a £12m management buy-out.
The Department of Health has announced plans for the development of 14 more PFI hospitals at a cost of more than £4bn, including projects worth £1bn on Merseyside.
Asquith Court is to merge with Kids Unlimited, creating a combined group of 145 day nurseries under the name of Nursery Years Group.
Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology has announced proposals to set up a new £3m cancer centre in Liverpool.
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust has announced proposals to replace half of the buildings at New Cross Hospital, under a £317m redevelopment plan due for completion in 2011.
The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is planning to build a £20m women's unit by 2006.
Barchester Healthcare is investing £30m for a 25% stake in Cygnet, and the two companies plan to jointly develop 15 new care homes and four hospitals.
Minerva Laboratories, the Cardiff-based supplier of dental equipment with 58 staff, has undergone a management buy-out for undisclosed terms.
Public Recruitment Group, the provider of doctors and teachers, is to acquire Academy Supply Agency, which has offices in Liverpool, Leeds and Manchester, for £4.7m.
Four Seasons, the nursing homes operator, has been sold by Alchemy to Allianz Capital Partners for £775m.
Smiths Medical has acquired DHD Healthcare, the US respiratory care device company with 118 staff, for £30m.
Salts Healthcare, the manufacturer of medical products with more than 200 staff, is relocating its Birmingham headquarters to a new 25,000 sq ft unit at Ringway Business Park in Aston.
Mole Valley District Council is to consider plans from Medwyn Surgery to build a new primary health care centre in Dorking, which will employ 50 staff.
Tees & North East Yorkshire NHS Trust is to invest £8.4m in the modernisation of its mental health facilities.
John Laing has formed a joint venture with Commonwealth Bank of Australia, in order to invest in hospital and road projects in the UK under the name of Laing Commonwealth Bank.
Medical Solutions is to sell Kinetic Imaging to Andor Technology for £0.6m, in order to focus on its core pathology services business.
Nord Anglia Education has sold ten schools to Gems Education for £12m, in order to focus on the nursery sector.
Cambridge University has announced plans to set up a £16m national Stem Cell Institute, with the creation of up to 150 scientific jobs.
Coopervision has awarded a £3.5m contract to Benson to build a 67,000 sq ft contact lens production plant at Hamble in Hampshire, with completion due in February 2005.
Barnsley District General Hospital NHS Trust has awarded a £8m contract to Simons to expand an imaging unit at Barnsley District Hospital.
East Cambridgeshire & Fenland Primary Care Trust is considering plans to build a new diagnostic and treatment centre to replace Doddington Hospital.
Dumfries & Galloway NHS Board is to consider proposals for the modernisation of Dumfries Infirmary, which could cost up to £30m.
Synergy Healthcare has acquired LIPS Textielservice, the Dutch healthcare textile management company, for £33m, funded by a £37m share placing.
Allenbuild has won a £4.3m contract from Icarus Ventures to build a mental health unit in Bradford.
First Aid UK, the Cheshire-based supplier of first aid kits, is to be acquired by Healthcare Enterprise Group for £2m.
Mansfield District Council has approved plans from Ashfield & Mansfield District Primary Care Trust to build a £4m health centre in Warsop.
Sovereign Capital has completed the £22m institutional buy-out of Herts Care Group, the provider of crisis care homes for children and young people.
Nord Anglia Education is to acquire 28 nurseries from Jigsaw Day Nurseries for £13m, taking its chain to 101 sites.
Southern Derbyshire Acute Services NHS Trust has awarded a £10m contract to GF Tomlinson to extend Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.
Bedford Hospital has awarded a £5m contract to Gleeson to build a four-storey pathology unit.
Southport & Formby Primary Care Trust is seeking government funding to develop a "health village" on the site of the former Southport general infirmary.
SSL International is to sell its antiseptics and surgical gloves business to a management team backed by Apax for £173m.
Tissue Science Laboratories is creating 20 new jobs at its human tissue replacement facility near Leeds.
LiDCO is to raise £3.7m in a share placing to fund the development of its cardiovascular monitoring business.
Care UK has acquired Althea Park, the Stroud-based residential care provider, from Marlowe Child & Family Services for £5.1m.
Crispin & Borst has won a £4.3m contract from University College London NHS Trust for new build and refurbishment work at Chenies Mews.
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust has announced proposals for the development of an accident and emergency facility at the planned £26m Garrett Anderson Centre.
Beatson Oncology Centre has won planning permission to build a new £14m cancer research centre in Glasgow by 2006, which will house up to 240 researchers.
Allenbuild has won a £6.4m contract from Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust to build a mental health unit at St Mary's Hospital in Kettering.
Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust is to select a preferred bidder this autumn to build a £20m neuro disability unit in Newcastle.
Wandsworth Primary Care Trust has awarded a £55m contract to the Catalyst Healthcare consortium to build the 139-bed Queen Mary's Hospital at Roehampton in London.
Swansea Council is to consider plans from the Sancta Maria Hospital to build a new £12m three-storey hospital at the SA1 waterfront development.
Birmingham Women's Hospital has won a government contract to set up a £1.8m Genetics Education & Development Centre.
NHS Fife is to spend £8.3m setting up a temporary building to house maternity services at Victoria Hospital, in preparation for the transfer of all women and children's services to a permanent extension in 2009.
Odontis has secured £0.5m of research funding to develop new technology that could enable people to grow replacement teeth.
Nord Anglia is to acquire Leapfrog Day Nurseries for £60m, which will expand its chain of nursery centres from 34 to 73.
Amec has won contracts totalling £33m from North Kirklees Primary Care Trust and Mercury Health to build ten health centres in Yorkshire and the south-east.
Durham Dales Primary Care Trust is planning to refurbish the Richardson Hospital in Barnard Castle at a cost of £5.5m, and work is expected to start by the end of the year.
Wigan Council is considering plans from United Healthcare to build a new medical centre in Hindley.
Middlesbrough Primary Care Trust is seeking a suitable location to set up a £10m "health village", in order to combine doctors, dentists, opticians and pharmacists onto a single site.
Dumfries & Galloway Council is to consider plans from Medical Centres Scotland to set up a £3.5m primary care centre in Castle Douglas.
Dean & Dyball has won a £3.4m contract to build a heart centre at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in Dorset.
Birmingham City Council has approved plans to build a £13m burns unit at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
The Department of Health is to invest £7m in new heart treatment facilities in Newcastle, while hospitals in Dorset and Somerset will receive similar amounts.
NHP has sold NHP Healthcare Partnerships, its specialist care business, to a management team backed by GI Partners for £11m.
West Midlands Ambulance Service is to recruit a further 200 paramedics and technicians over the next two years.
Capita Group is to acquire Aon Health Solutions, the workplace health risk management company with 232 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Epping Forest Primary Care Trust is seeking permission for the £12m redevelopment of St Margaret's Hospital in Epping, including a new three-storey hospital building.
Cardiff County Council is to consider plans from a local businessman to build a private accident and emergency department, as part of a £5m 100-bed "patient hotel" development in the north of the city.
Colchester Council has approved plans to build a £18m primary care health centre on the Turner Village site.
First Dental Laboratories (1st Dental) is to acquire Advanced Restorative Techniques, the Sheffield-based manufacturer of dental crowns, for £0.6m, and is also raising £2.5m in a share placing.
The University of Aberdeen is seeking permission to build a £4m four-storey health research centre at Foresterhill.
Aberdeenshire Council is to consider plans from the Inverurie Medical Group for the development of a £9m holistic health and shopping centre in Inverurie, under the name of the Garioch Life Centre.
Eyebright is planning to raise £5m in a flotation on Aim to fund the development of its chain of eye surgeries.
Primary Health Properties is planning to expand its chain of 54 medical centres by opening 11 new sites over the next 12 months.
Green Park Healthcare Trust has announced plans to build a £8.5m unit for brain injury victims at Musgrave Park Hospital in Belfast, with construction due to start in July.
IPRS is to open a physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre at Aston Science Park in Birmingham next month, the first of a nationwide network of regional facilities.
St George's Hospital in Morpeth is planning to build a new £36m mental health hospital.
SSL International is to sell its wound management business, which includes 244 staff at a factory in Oldham and a warehouse in Manchester, to Medlock Medical, for £55m.
Newcastle City Council is to consider plans from Ashley House to build a £5m emergency care medical centre in Byker by September 2005.
Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust is to build a £2.5m specialist unit to treat coronary heart disease at Walsall Manor Hospital.
Smith & Nephew is to acquire Midland Medical Technologies, the Birmingham-based supplier of hip replacement products, for up to £100m.
Tendring Primary Care Trust is to build a new community hospital and healthcare centre in Harwich, to replace the Dovercourt Health Centre.
Care UK has won a £100m contract to provide orthopaedic and outpatient services to the NHS in the Trent and South Yorkshire region, and will open a treatment centre with 150 staff.
Norfolk Mental Healthcare Trust has awarded a £4.7m contract to Barnes Construction to extend facilities at Thorpe St Andrew hospital in Norwich.
Vernon Carus, the supplier of healthcare products, has won permission to set up a 2.5-hectare production and distribution centre on the Matrix Park business park near Leyland, securing the future of 395 jobs.
Cardiff University and the University of Wales College of Medicine have won a £8m government grant to set up a Brain and Repair Imaging Centre, which is intended to develop new treatments for brain injury and mental disorders.
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital is considering plans to set up a £2m centre for clinical research trials.
BTG has sold VisionTec, the contact lens technology company, to 1-800 Contacts of the US, and the business will be renamed Clearlab UK.
The Department of Health is to spend £3.4m on a recruitment drive for radiographers, in order to alleviate the current shortage in NHS hospitals.
University College London is planning to build a £20m cancer research centre in Bloomsbury, and Shepherd, Wates and Kier are bidding for the work.
Bristol South & West Primary Care Trust is planning to build a new £25m community hospital in south Bristol.
Grampian Primary Care Trust is seeking planning permission for a £2m investment in new health centre facilities in the Peterhead area.
Oxford City Council has approved plans from Oxford City Primary Care Trust to build a £4m health centre in Blackbird Leys.
Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council has approved plans for a new £3m health centre to serve Wistaston and Shavington.
Green Corns, the Rochdale-based operator of 30 care homes with 170 staff, has undergone a £26m management buy-out backed by 3i, and aims to expand the network nationwide over the next few years.
Orchard End Group, the Gloucestershire-based operator of eight care homes with 110 staff, has been acquired by Sovereign Capital for £12m.
East Staffordshire Primary Care Trust has approved plans from Shaw Healthcare to build a £4.5m cottage hospital and health centre in Barton-under-Needwood, to replace Barton Cottage Hospital.
Eurocare Environmental Services, the Newcastle-based hospital waste company with 210 staff, has been acquired by Sterile Technologies of Ireland.
Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal has announced plans for a £6m expansion, including a new operating theatre and day unit.
Medway NHS Trust Board has approved plans for a £100m project to upgrade facilities at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham.
Cumbria & Lancashire Strategic Health Authority is looking into the possibility of setting up a medical school in the area.
Essex Rivers Healthcare Trust has received expressions of interest from 18 companies about a £127m plan to invest in new buildings and equipment at Colchester General Hospital, in order to centralise all acute services.
Carillion has won a £18m contract from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust to extend the Rampton high security hospital by 2006.
Zi Medical is considering plans for a share issue, in order to fund the expansion of its healthcare products business in North Wales.
Bradford Council has approved plans from Bradford Trident for the development of a £4.3m medical centre in West Bowling.
The Department of Health in Northern Ireland has announced plans to invest £41m in the development of a new hospital in Downpatrick by 2007.
East Riding Council is considering plans from Yorkshire Wolds & Coast NHS Primary Care Trust to relocate its headquarters to Driffield in April.
Balfour Beatty has been selected as preferred bidder for a £521m contract to build the new Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, as part of the Consort Healthcare consortium.
Crispin & Borst has won a £5m contract to refurbish a nursing block in Hackney and a £4m contract to expand radiotherapy facilities at Maidstone Hospital.
Miller Construction has won a £6m contract to build a primary care resource centre for Lothian Primary Care NHS Trust at Bonnyrigg, Midlothian.
Anglo Holt Construction has won a £6m contract from Healthcare Logistics to build a warehouse at Prospect Park in Bedford.
Modern Eyewear is to set up a manufacturing base to produce lenses for opticians and optical laboratories in Belfast, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.
Matrix Healthcare is to acquire nursing home operators Newsham of Gloucester and Woodland of Torquay for a total of £2.5m.
EMG Medical Group is to open the £10m Dolan Park Hospital near Bromsgrove in April, and the 150 staff will specialise in the treatment of obesity.
Stockton Council is to consider plans to rebuild the Lawson Street Health Centre, at a cost of £4m.
British Red Cross is to relocate its London headquarters from Grosvenor Square to a 48,000 sq ft office at Moorgate later this year.
Mersey Regional Ambulance Service is to invest £2.5m in service improvements, including the acquisition of more staff and new ambulances.
Stockport Healthcare NHS Trust has awarded a £15m contract to Costain to build a cardiology and surgical unit at Stepping Hill Hospital.
Kier has won a £1.5m contract from Inverclyde Royal NHS Trust to build a sterile supplies unit in Greenock.
South East Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust is planning to expand Cheshunt Community Hospital by 50% by spring 2005, at a cost of £1.5m.
Amec has won a £7m contract from Chiltern Securities to build new hospital facilities in Marlborough for North Wiltshire NHS Primary Care Trust.
Portland Group is to create up to 120 jobs at a new £2.5m care home for people with mental health problems at Shildon in County Durham.
The Department of Health has announced plans to open a further 11 walk-in health centres over the next two years.