BMI Healthcare and Circle Health Updates

Helping the NHS during COVID-19

BMI Healthcare and Circle Health are supporting the NHS in England, Wales and Scotland by making their beds, staff and equipment available to patients in need of urgent care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From caring for NHS cancer patients in Bath, Northampton and Winchester, to caring for mothers-to-be and new mums in Guildford, our teams are working around the clock to ensure patients continue to receive the urgent care they need.

We have supported the NHS with equipment such as much needed ventilators and infusion pumps, and our staff are working alongside their NHS colleagues – at our hospitals as well as NHS units.

We’re so proud of every team member who is supporting patient care; from the housekeepers who are keeping our hospitals spotless, to our intensive care nurses supporting the most vulnerable patients. Everyone is playing their part and we’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the NHS.

CMA merger enquiry - BMI Healthcare statement

BMI Healthcare welcomes the CMA announcement that its merger with Circle poses no national concerns, and will be approved subject to local issues being resolved in 2 of the 52 markets in which the groups operate.

Circle and BMI Healthcare previously received a derogation from the Competition and Markets Authority to co-operate on Covid-19 related operational matters. Both groups have committed their full resources to assist the Government's response to Covid-19, and agreed a formal partnership with the NHS to support the national effort. They have offered their full capacity, including specialised ITU beds and ventilators, across the organisations' 54 hospitals.

The agreement has seen some of Circle and BMI's sites providing highly specialised and complex cancer, cardiac and emergency care clinics, enabling vulnerable patients across the country to continue their NHS treatment.

Karen Prins, Chief Executive Officer of BMI Healthcare and Paolo Piero CEO of Circle commented:

“We appreciate the CMA working in challenging conditions to reach this conclusion, and we look forward to proceeding with integration planning. Our current businesses are fully focused on prioritising our resources to support the NHS on Covid-19, helping vulnerable patients to access essential care and treatment across the country. In this stressful period, we are very proud of our staff working shoulder-to-shoulder with their NHS colleagues to deliver high quality care at a time of national crisis.”

BMI Healthcare and Circle Health partnership with NHS to fight Coronavirus

We are proud to be supporting the fight against COVID-19. On Saturday 21st March, we agreed a formal partnership with NHS England to support the national effort to tackle COVID-19 by offering all our bed capacity including specialised intensive care beds, across the Group's 52 hospitals and clinics.

This wide-ranging agreement provides additional capacity for urgent and important treatments that normally take place in NHS hospitals, makes the Group's state of the art equipment available, and facilitates training programmes to broaden the services that can be undertaken in our hospitals.

Circle CEO Paolo Pieri and BMI CEO Karen Prins said: "Nothing matters more than getting vulnerable patients the treatment they need, and all sectors and industries have agreed to pull together in this national effort. We stand ready to support the NHS in any way we can at this time of national crisis."

Information about visitors

All visiting is suspended until further notice in order to keep you, our patients and staff safe.

We are aligned with the NHS approach and only in exceptional circumstances will one visitor be allowed:

  • The patient you wish to visit is receiving end-of-life care
  • You are a parent or appropriate adult visiting your child

Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time.

Frequently asked questions

For more information about BMI Healthcare's response to the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit our FAQs page.

Date: 24th April 2020