Local MP Mary Robinson joined current and former staff and patients at the largest private hospital outside London, for tea and birthday cake to celebrate the hospital’s presence in the community since it opened in July 1981. The choir from nearby Cheadle Hulme High School came along to the party, welcoming guests with songs and a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ for the hospital.
Guests at the party included; a man who visits the hospital for lunch twice a week after his wife sadly passed away from cancer; a Consultant of more than 30 years’ service; a nurse who has been with the hospital for all its 35 years; one of the workers who helped to build the hospital; and many others.
BMI The Alexandra Hospital was built in record time, from turf to roof tile in a year and 6 months earlier than scheduled and within budget at £7m. The 11 acre site was chosen for its proximity to the motorways and Manchester airport and for its beautiful setting in rural land surrounded by trees.
The building of the hospital was an exciting event for Cheadle and the wider community and when The Alexandra hosted an open day shortly after opening, more than 2,500 people came to see the brand new hospital and up-to-date facilities.
Today, the hospital still provides some of the most complex and technologically advanced care available to private and NHS patients, and is the flagship of the BMI Healthcare Group, the largest independent healthcare group in the UK. The hospital is also the only private hospital in the north-west to have a Level 3 Intensive Care Unit and a walk-in Urgent Care Centre for minor injuries.
Executive Director of BMI The Alexandra Hospital, Simon Shepherd, said: “One of the reasons I wanted to work at BMI The Alexandra Hospital is because it has been held so dear to the hearts of so many people for the excellent care and treatment it has provided for the last 35 years.
BMI Healthcare is committed to The Alexandra Hospital and is investing another £8m over the next few months. The program includes an additional MRI scanner, full refurbishment of the reception and outpatient areas, a brand-new hybrid cardiac theatre, and a range of new equipment for the hospital’s seven operating theatres. That takes the total figure for investment over the last five years, to £18m. That’s a good illustration of how important BMI believes this hospital is to the region.”
Simon added: “The hospital’s facilities and medical care are second to none in the north-west and our staff are a fantastic team of professionals dedicated to providing the very best experience for our patients. Because lots of our patients choose to come back to the hospital time and again, we get to know them really well and, for many, we’re like an extended family – we have a relationship with many of them that goes beyond just providing a medical procedure.
“I know of at least gentleman who – with his wife – has been a patient at the hospital for decades. Sadly, his wife passed away a few years ago and since then, he has come for lunch in the hospital restaurant very day. For him, it’s like visiting friends, he knows the receptionists, the catering staff and so on and he loves the atmosphere.”
Today, BMI The Alexandra Hospital has nearly 600 permanent members of staff and more than 600 Consultants providing treatment to insured, private and NHS patients. Many of them are world-renowned for their skill and knowledge. They offers a wide range of services including orthopaedic surgery, spinal surgery, neurosurgery, cardiology and cancer care, as well as an Urgent Care Centre and a private GP service. The hospital has 171 beds, with all rooms offering the privacy and comfort of en-suite facilities, satellite TV and telephone.
11th November 2016