STRUCTURE: A new private tertiary care hospital that will be part owned by doctors is to be built in Kent, it has been announced.

The Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery will be built near Maidstone, following the agreement of funding worth £34m between the doctors leading the project and Clydesdale Bank. Construction will begin later this month, with the hospital due to open in early 2014.

KIMS will have 74 inpatient beds. It will provide private medical care while also making up to 25 per cent of its capacity available for NHS treatments, according to an announcement from Clydesdale.

The £34m from the bank will be supplemented by additional funding from a number of corporate and private investors, including around 100 clinicians.

The hospital will provide the only cardiothoracic and neurosurgery tertiary care beds in Kent. It will also provide services across gynaecology, orthopaedics, oncology and diagnostics including angiography, advanced MRI and nuclear medicine.

The facility will feature nine theatres for both simple and complex procedures, incorporating video-facilities. The longer term vision is to extend the site to create a “medical campus”.

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