Sheffield private hospital investment plan

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THe new head of a private hospital in Sheffield has pledged to embark on a multi-million-pound investment programme to expand the healthcare facility.

Andy Davey has been appointed as the director of Claremont Hospital in Fulwood, one of the city’s leading independent hospitals.

Mr Davey was hired by Aspen Healthcare, which acquired Claremont in January, to lead an ambitious growth strategy at the 44-bed facility on Sandygate Road.

Aspen, which has already acquired the neighbouring Highbury Convent, has invested in a range of new medical and surgical equipment and is currently planning the upgrade of one of the hospital’s theatres.

Claremont has also started accepting patients who are members of the Axa PPP insurance network and can now treat all insured and self-pay patients.

Mr Davey, who previously ran a private hospital in Leicester, said he was looking forward to starting the Sheffield project in earnest. “I am very excited to be at Claremont, which has such a strong heritage and reputation for quality,” he said.

“Aspen have a clear vision to provide first-class independent healthcare and be the provider of choice for the local community.

“The company is committed to a major investment programme in facilities, services and staff at Claremont over the next three years.

“The aim is to grow what is already an excellent business and to further develop Claremont Hospital’s standing and social responsibility agenda in the community.”

Claremont Hospital was opened in 1921 at Claremont Place, Sheffield, on a site where the Hallamshire Hospital now stands.

The hospital was established by a Catholic religious order, and moved to its present site in 1953, although the original house which now forms the main entrance to the building was constructed in the 1890s.

Aspen acquired Claremont in January this year.

The firm also owns and operates three other private acute hospitals, a cancer centre and clinics in Solihull and Edinburgh.