The private King Edward VII’s Hospital in London is considering merging with independent healthcare provider Nuffield Health, it was announced today.

The two organisations revealed they were in the early stages of “exclusive talks” about a possible merger.

Nuffield Health is one of the largest not-for-profit healthcare providers in the UK with 31 hospitals, six medical centres and 65 fitness centres.

However, Nuffield chief executive David Mobbs said the organisation was “missing a flagship London hospital”.

Meanwhile, a recent strategic review of the King Edward showed a merger could be in the long-term interests of the hospital, especially regarding future funding for major capital projects.

“Nuffield Health is a major player in the UK healthcare market and shares King Edward VII’s Hospital’s commitment to providing the highest standards of care and quality,” said hospital chief executive John Lofthouse (pictured, right).

“These talks may provide us with an exciting opportunity to further benefit our patients while securing our long-term future.”

Discussions between the two organisations are set to continue over the next two months.