Circle Health yesterday unveiled its second new-build hospital, CircleReading, 18 months after breaking ground on the £60 million project.
CircleReading will employ close to 100 hospital staff and work with 110 consultants, with all staff members entering Circle’s employee ownership scheme.
The facility has been accredited by the Care Quality Commission, which will allow the company to treat NHS patients through the Choose & Book and Any Qualified Provider schemes, as well as privately-insured patients.
GE Capital has provided a long-term finance and equipment leasing arrangement that includes a MRI scanner, digital scanning mammography, digital x-ray room and a diagnostic ultrasound machine.
In a statement, Circle said that it planned to ‘guarantee’ a high quality patient experience through a ‘money-back scheme’, promising to reimburse self-funding patients if they are let down by their experience.
Ali Parsa, Circle's chief executive, said: ‘Our multiple-award winning hospital in Bath has shown that hospitals can be better. At CircleReading, we want to prove the same to patients in Berkshire. Our partnership of local doctors and healthcare professionals has come together with the single aim of setting new standards of clinical excellence and hospital experience. We believe hospitals can be better, and it’s too important not to try.’
The hospital group said that it has recruited two chefs from a Michelin starred restaurant to run catering at the facility.