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Macc Care opens 13th property Blossomfield Rose

Macc Care has opened Blossomfield Rose in Solihull, West Midlands, specialising in residential, nursing, dementia and respite care. The 80-bed property, which is part of Blossomfield Park development, is a mix of converted historic and contemporary buildings set within five acres of grounds, offering privately-owned accommodation to all ages. Integrated technology...

Occupancy recovery at Greensleeves helps boost revenue and EBITDAR

Occupancy levels across care homes operated by Greensleeves Homes Trust have continued to improve, with most homes approaching pre-Covid levels. The provider entered the financial year ending 31 March 2022 with occupancy below its budgeted levels, posting it at 79.5%, following the second wave of the pandemic in winter 2020....

Committee demands clarity over funds and care packages

More clarity is needed over funding commitments outlined in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, as well as a better definition of what constitutes a care package. In a letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Steve Barclay, the House of Lords...

Hallmark invests £1.3m to support staff over winter

Hallmark Care Homes is investing £1.3m into winter measures to help its team members with the rising cost of living. The group, which operates 19 care homes, will pay all of its team members at or above the new rate set by the Real Living Wage Foundation from Thursday (1 December). This means care workers will receive the rise five months before its adopted date, which is 14 May. Salaries will now start from £10.90 per hour in Wales and England, and £11.95 in London. The increase means a full-time worker paid...

Building work begins on Kingsley’s Holt development

Construction work has started on Kingsley Healthcare’s care home development in Holt, Norfolk. It has appointed construction firm R G Carter to build the property, which will have 66 en-suite bedrooms and facilities including a library, cinema, café and private dining room. It will be set in two acres of grounds that will include a sensory garden. The project team also includes Kingsley’s design director Rob Patkai, architects Condy Lofthouse and planning consultants Bidwells. When it opens in early 2024, the care home will provide more than 100 jobs, from managers and...

Turning virtual solutions into reality

NHS England has committed to increase the use of virtual wards in a bid to drive efficiency and tackle the elective backlog. And as the current economic crisis accelerates the need for savings at a time of rising inflation and increasing demand, home healthcare could prove an attractive alternative...

Hospitals should encourage consultants to become expert witnesses, says MPS

Private healthcare providers should encourage consultants to engage in expert witness training, according to the Medical Protection Society (MPS). The medical defence organisation said expert work could form an integral part of a private consultant’s skillset, but that courts and...

Midlands-based practice management business launches self-pay platform

Midlands-based clinician partnership and practice management business Medmin is launching a self-pay offer aimed at providing fast access to treatment for 50 common conditions and low risk procedures. Get Well Soon is a consumer facing platform which links prospective self-pay patients with clinicians. Under the guidance of a dedicated a patient care operator, patients are connected with an appropriate consultant...

Totally appoints group medical director

Totally plc has appointed John McMullan as group medical director. McMullan, who is currently joint managing director of Pioneer Health Care - the NHS insourcing business acquired by Totally in March 2022, will take up the position in January. He is a senior NHS consultant and neurosurgeon with a special interest in spinal surgery, paediatric neurosurgery, neuro-oncology and the treatment of...

SELDOC corporate health spin-off launches

Verve Healthcare, a corporate health and wellbeing business focused on mental health, MSK and primary care, has launched in the UK. The company, which is part of the primary and...

Spending on private dentistry likely to drive market growth over next three years

The value of the UK ‘High Street’ dentistry market shrunk to £8.3bn in 2020/21 as it was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to research published today by LaingBuisson. This...

MidEuropa takes major stake in Optegra

Private equity firm MidEuropa has acquired a majority stake in Optegra. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed, but MidEuropa is investing alongside Optegra’s management team and existing...

Funding round-up: Hemispherian, Temedica, Filu Vet, Pictor, Medixine

Finland: Medixine, a telehealth company, has launched a €5m funding round through the Springvest funding platform. Funding will support the company in its growth in the global market. The investment round closes on December 20. By November 28, it had already raised €2.3m of its target. New Zealand: Pictor, an in vitro...

Netherlands: AstraZeneca to acquire Neogene for up to US$320m

Global biopharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, is to acquire Neogene Therapeutics, a global clinical-stage biotechnology company with EU headquarters in Amsterdam. Neogene is focused on discovering, developing and manufacturing next-generation, transformative TCR therapies targeting neoantigens in solid cancers. The total consideration could reach US$320m, which will include an initial payment of US$200m, and a further payment of up to US$120m in both contingent milestones-based and non-contingent consideration. Neogene's expertise in TCR-T discovery, development and manufacturing will strengthen AstraZeneca's ambition to transform outcomes for patients. "Neogene's leading TCR discovery capabilities and extensive manufacturing experience...

How Canadians see medical tourism

Canada is often seen as a country supplying medical tourists, but it’s risky to assume it’s a target country with huge potential. A recent survey may help explain why, says Ian Youngman. Unlike other democratic countries, Canada does not freely allow private healthcare or full private health insurance, although confusingly...

Turkey improves medical tourism regulation

Turkey has taken several steps to ensure that health tourism services are properly regulated, with oversight from public officials. This should allow patients to trust the health tourism service providers they deal with. This also means that the barrier for initial entry into health tourism market in Turkey is going to be higher, since a new business will need to satisfy the criteria and obtain the relevant licenses required by the state in order to legally conduct health tourism services. Medical services and health tourism related issues are tightly regulated...

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