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HealthcareMarkets UK meets Simon Milner

Maria Davies talks to hospital director of the renamed Sulis Hospital about the transition, the role of NHS PPUs, and plans for the Foster + Partners revolutionary hospital.

Royal United Hospitals’ (RUH) acquisition of Circle Health’s flagship site in Bath marked the first time a full-scale private hospital had come under 100% ownership of the NHS. And, coming at a time when many NHS Private Patient Units appeared to have all but abandoned private patient activity in the face of Covid and mounting backlogs, there were fears that the award-winning Foster + Partners designed hospital could turn its back on the private patient market it had built up over the last 12 years.

But the appointment of Simon Milner as hospital director has done much to allay those fears. A clinician by background, Milner has impressive credentials. He has spent his career running large private hospitals both in Australia and the UK, with stints at Ramsay, Spire and more recently HCA, where he was chief operating officer of the Wellington Hospital in London.

Maria Davies caught up with Milner to find out how he is managing the hospital’s transition to an NHS-owned private patient hospital giving back to the NHS.

Read the full article here on page 24 of January's edition of HealthcareMarkets.