Trust buys independent hospital to tackle demand

The Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has announced that it has bought Circle Bath, a local independent hospital, that provides care for private and NHS patients, for an undisclosed amount.

The acquisition of Circle Bath – now renamed the Sulis Hospital Bath – will secure capacity for NHS patients including outpatient, diagnostic, surgical and rehabilitation services. Private services will also continue said the trust, and income reinvested into services.

Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, commented: “We have a long-standing positive relationship with Sulis Hospital Bath, which provided significant support in caring for elective and cancer patients early in the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a really positive next step for us to take together and we’re really pleased to welcome Sulis staff to our RUH family.

“With our local health partners, we are absolutely committed to minimising the amount of time our patients have to wait for planned operations.

“Acquiring Sulis Hospital Bath will allow us to increase the number of NHS patients we treat, whilst maintaining high quality care for both private and NHS patients. We’ll be investing in the future of Sulis Hospital Bath for the benefit of our community.” 

Lesley Lock, Sulis Hospital Bath, Hospital Director, added: “The launch of Sulis Hospital Bath will be the second chapter to what has been an incredible first decade for our hospital. We are still a leading private healthcare facility offering outstanding care to patients in Bath and the surrounding areas and this will not change. With our new partner, we can grow and develop and our services and expand our region’s healthcare offering for all patients.”

For more information visit the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust website.