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Northern Ireland’s first private intensive care unit to open as part of £9m expansion

14 December 2021
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As part of a £9 million expansion, Kingsbridge Private Hospital will open Northern Ireland's first private intensive care unit.

The Kingsbridge Healthcare Group has hospitals in Belfast and Ballykelly, both in County Londonderry, as well as facilities in Donegal and Sligo.

Santander UK provided funding for the company's recent expansion and the acquisition of the North West Independent Clinic in Ballykelly earlier this year.

The bank will also supply day-to-day services to the group under a new agreement with Santander.

Kingsbridge is working on a £6 million expansion at its Belfast hospital on the city's Lisburn Road, which would expand beds by a third and include a new ward, operating theatre, and endoscopy suite by early 2023.

Soon, Kingsbridge will operate Northern Ireland's first private intensive care unit, as well as private cardiac surgical services. The hospital now has five-day beds and three surgery rooms.

In Ballykelly, Kingsbridge Private Hospital North West is undergoing a £3 million refurbishment, which is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

The project will update wards and infrastructure, as well as build a new outpatient service and a theater. Kingsbridge also wants to offer a private GP service in Ballykelly five days a week, according to the company.

The group was set up in 2004 as 3fivetwo Healthcare. It also has a medical training academy, plastic surgery company, Cosmetech, and an optical and hearing division.

Jeremy Macartney, group finance director at Kingsbridge, said: “Santander UK’s support enables us to build on our existing services while delivering a wide range of specialisms that will significantly enhance choice for patients.

"We are committed to working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Executive to address waiting lists and this funding from Santander UK enables us to provide much-needed bed and theatre capacity to help tackle this.”

Mark Robinson, relationship director at Santander UK, said: “We are pleased to support Kingsbridge Healthcare Group’s important work to expand its capacity to provide private healthcare to patients in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

"We look forward to working with the Kingsbridge team over the years to come.”

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