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Retirement property firm rebrands to Churchill Estates Management

A retirement housing management firm has changed its name to Churchill Estates Management to better reflect its links with the housebuilder. Formerly known as Millstream Management Services, the business is connected with its parent company Churchill Retirement Living. Led by newly appointed managing director Hugh Lambourne, Churchill Estates will remain an...

Birdie raises over £24m to help with expansion plans

Home healthcare tech platform Birdie has raised $30m (£24.7m) in Series B funding, with the money being used to help the business expand both in the UK and internationally. The round, which will be used to accelerate the company’s growth, was led by investment firm Sofina, with OMERS Ventures and...

Care UK strengthens senior team with appointments

Care UK has made two newly created senior appointments to support its growth and quality agenda. They will fill the roles of operations director reporting into chief operating officer Martin Friend, who joined Care UK in January. Julia Bentley will assume operational responsibility for Care UK services covering Scotland and much...

Sales process of more than 110 Four Seasons care homes launched

Joint administrators have launched a sales process of 111 Four Seasons Health Care (FSHC) freehold properties, with completion targeted in the second half of next year. The portfolio of care homes in England, Scotland and Jersey and certain ancillary assets are being sold by broker Christie & Co. The move follows Beaumont Care Homes Ltd and Beaumont Care Homes Property Ltd striking a deal to buy 29 FSHC sites in Northern Ireland for £36m in March. ‘Further to recent announcements regarding the sale of our Northern Ireland business, the launch of the...

Councillors agree to transfer care homes to Sanctuary

Plans that will see the freehold of 14 care home sites transferred to Sanctuary Housing Association to support its acquisition of Cornwall Care have been approved by councillors. As reported on Friday, Cornwall Council councillors were being advised to accept plans to dispose of the properties to help pave the way for the deal, which is now expected to go through this summer. Cabinet member for adults and public health Cllr Andy Virr said: ‘Through this deal, facilitated by the council, Sanctuary will be providing significant investment to modernise the homes. ‘It...

Spire announces plans to expand into new markets

Spire Healthcare has announced plans to move into ‘adjacent markets’, including dedicated clinics, primary care and chronic disease management. Unveiling its new strategy at a Capital Markets day on Wednesday, the Group said it had developed solid foundations for future growth and was well placed to benefit from unprecedented demand...

Weight thresholds for knee replacement worsening health inequalities

The introduction of weight thresholds for knee replacement surgery by some CCGs in England have led to a postcode lottery and are exacerbating health inequalities, with some patients opting for private treatment and the least affluent being unable to...

Check4Cancer secures grant for digital skin cancer project

Cancer screening specialist Check4Cancer has been awarded a Smart Grant Award from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, for its digital skin cancer diagnosis project. The £350,000 award follows an Innovate UK grant award for £180,000 in April 2022, which has already funded a data scientist as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Essex. The new...

Value of PMI market grows but penetration remains below 2008 peak

The value of the UK private health cover market reached an estimated £6,173m in 2020 – up marginally from £6,073m in 2019 but still below the 2008 peak in real terms, according to the latest figures from LaingBuisson. The figures, published in the 17th edition of LaingBuisson’s Health Cover UK Market Report, include PMI, health cash plan benefits and dental treatments...

Schoen appoints group medical director

Dr Tim Wigmore has been appointed group medical director at Schoen Clinic UK Group. Previously medical director of Schoen Clinic London, Wigmore has more than 25 years’ experience in the...

Study warns NHS waiting lists could triple by 2030

NHS waiting lists in England could hit 14.6 million by 2030 without urgent action and investment to tackle hidden waits, researchers at the University of Birmingham have warned. According to...

AI enabled cardiac monitoring

Zio XT, an AI powered outpatient monitor for arrhythmia, was one of the winners of the NHS AI in Health and Care Awards but as funding pressures persist, it...

Sweden: Qlife borrows Skr20m to complete development and registration process

Medical device company, Qlife, has entered into six-month loan agreements of up to Skr20m (US$1.94m) to finalize the product development and registration for CRP and PHE products during 2022. The loans, paying 1.5% in monthly interest, are granted by Modelio Equity and a large private shareholder in Qlife. There...

Finland: Faron tops up working capital with private placement

Faron Pharmaceuticals, a Finland-based clinical stage biopharmaceutical company harnessing the immune system to tackle cancer and inflammation, has completed a private placement of 2,006,621 newly issued treasury shares to a limited number of institutional investors and other investors, raising €5m (US$5.3m). "This fundraise will enable us to accelerate our ambitious bexmarilimab development programme, with a specific focus on advancing our combination trials in both solid tumours and hematologic malignancies,” said Dr Markku Jalkanen, CEO of Faron. The development of bexmarilimab has advanced significantly over the past 12 – 18 months and...

Ways to reach more high-value patients: just choose two.

Without realising it, most clinics limit their potential to reach more high-value patients. It’s easy to be confused and misguided about how best to go about it. After all, there are so many different ways to choose from. But by choosing just two simple acquisition approaches, clinics can be...

Spain: mixing medical and heath tourism

One of Europe’s leading medical resorts,  SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain is open again.  It claims to be global pioneer of integrated medical and holistic wellness, merging ancient philosophies with the latest advances in Western medicine. The clinic offers five health programmes and four focused packs, targeting some of the world’s most prevalent lifestyle illnesses, from detoxification and sleep recovery to stress management and healthy ageing. Guests have access to 30 full-time doctors, and specialists who work with cutting-edge technology. This scientific approach is integrated with an array of natural therapies,...

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