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05 May 2004

Kingston hospital PFI development reaches Financial Close

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and the Prime Health Consortium have reached financial close for the £33 million PFI development at Kingston Hospital. Enabling works will start next month by the Prime Health Consortium comprising Equion, part of John Laing plc and the Costain Group. Construction completion is scheduled for Summer 2006.

The new building will provide modern and high specification clinical facilities in a comfortable environment. These include new surgical and gynaecology wards to replace those in the hospital’s Roehampton Wing, a new pre-operative assessment area and emergency gynaecology assessment unit, a modern well equipped department for physiotherapy services, an integrated education and training centre and Library. It will also provide purpose built, site-wide kitchen and dining facilities, benefiting all staff and visitors.

Alistair Handford, from Prime Health, said: "The Prime Health consortium is pleased to begin this 30 year partnership with the Trust and its staff to deliver state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and services for the benefit of the local community."

Carole Heatly, Chief Executive of Kingston Hospital NHS Trust said:

“I am delighted that the final commercial and legal negotiations are complete and we have now signed the contract with the Prime Health Consortium. The planning of Phase 5 has been a long and involved process and I would like to thank our partners, our staff and patients for their support over the last four years. We are also extremely grateful for the support we have received from the Royal Borough Of Kingston Council, local residents and businesses. This is a very exciting time for Kingston Hospital and we are looking forward to the building work starting on site this week.”

The new development is part of a strategy to upgrade the hospital as part of a site-wide strategy, which includes building a new Nurses Home, Day Nursery main entrance and William Rous Cancer Unit etc.

Kingston hospital PFI development reaches Financial Close

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