Bath’s Sulis Hospital celebrates first anniversary of unique partnership with NHS Trust

By Nick Batten on 1 July, 2022

Bath’s Sulis Hospital, formerly known as Circle Bath Hospital, is celebrating the first anniversary of its partnership with The Royal United Hospital NHS Trust. 

Built twelve years ago by Foster and Partners, the hospital was acquired by the RUH in June last year and is the UK’s first private hospital where 100% of the shares are owned by an NHS Trust. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a heightened appreciation for health and wellbeing, reinforcing the need to re-evaluate healthcare environments. The revolutionary Sulis Hospital embraces and uses nature in its built environment to enhance wellbeing and improve recovery times for patients.  The hospital’s inherently flexible design has allowed the building to adapt to the changing needs of covid safe pathways and continue to deliver a holistic approach to healthcare. 

The hospital’s private patient care model benefits all by allowing any additional income, earned through private care, to be reinvested in high-quality services for all patients at the two hospitals, Sulis and the RUH. The acquisition by the RUH has grown the hospital’s services, increasing capacity for both NHS and private patients. This is particularly important at a time of recovery for NHS waiting lists nationally.

Sulis Hospital also has one of the best clinician-to-patient ratios around. Staff benefits include competitive salaries, annual pay awards, life assurance, private healthcare, flexible working opportunities, and a commitment to supporting professional and personal development. 

Simon Milner, Hospital Director Sulis Hospital said, “This is a new way of thinking in healthcare, benefiting all. Collaboration with the RUH NHS Trust has excellent benefits. The true value of our ability to preserve and contribute towards the NHS while at the same time offering the same high level of private patient care is being realised. We benefit in terms of governance and best practice while at the same time creating extra capacity to treat NHS patients. 

“Our vision is to drive innovation in healthcare, transforming how patients are diagnosed, treated, and rehabilitated.”

Cara Charles-Barks, Chief Executive Royal United Hospital added, “The RUH and Sulis have a long-established positive relationship highlighted in 2020 when Sulis Hospital provided a COVID secure environment for RUH elective and cancer patients. The collaborative approach has helped cut NHS waiting times not just at the RUH but across Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire with over 1,000 NHS patients waiting for over two years, being seen and treated at Sulis over the past 12 months, taking them off the waiting list.” 

Pictured above: The Sulis Hospital in Peasedown St John, near Bath