A NEW £7.5 million private hospital has quietly opened in Stourbridge.

The state-of-the-art Ramsay Health Care UK facility was officially opened on Wednesday (October 14) by the chairman of NHS England Lord David Prior.

Called the Stourside Hospital - the new day surgery facility off Bradley Road includes an operating theatre, seven consulting rooms, six day case bays and a physiotherapy suite.

It will offer a range of services including pain management, general surgery, urology services and eye care for private, insured and NHS patients within the local community and further afield.

The facility has been built on the long-derelict site of the old Stourbridge Rolling Mills after planning permission was granted in summer 2019.

Antimicrobial copper ironmongery has been installed as part of the building of the new hospital to aid prevention of healthcare associated infections and 40 new nursing, clinical and administrative jobs have been created with the opening of the new facility which aims to provide additional capacity within the local healthcare system.

Health chiefs say Stourside Hospital will provide a hub and spoke model to Ramsay’s existing West Midlands Hospital in Halesowen. and that it will support the strong partnership between West Midlands Hospital and The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust to deliver joined up healthcare services, and offer the primary care network in Stourbridge greater access to timely clinical care for their patients.

The launch event was attended by a small number of guests, and staff from West Midlands Hospital were invited to attend virtually on a big screen to see Lord Prior and Dr Andy Jones, CEO, Ramsay Health Care UK ‘cut the ribbon’ to officially open the new venture which is set to welcome its first patient on Monday October 19.

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Lisa Powell, hospital director at West Midlands and Stourside Hospitals, said: “This modern day case facility enables us to build and enhance on the fantastic healthcare services already being offered at West Midlands Hospital.

"Stourside Hospital is a great example of joint partnership working with the local NHS Trusts to improve the healthcare services for the local community.”

Dr Andy Jones, CEO, Ramsay Health Care UK said: “I am delighted to be opening this superb state-of-the art hospital which will provide the local community with access to first class healthcare provided by top consultants.

"This is the second brand new day case facility that Ramsay has built and opened this year and is part of our ongoing day case strategy.

"We hope the local community are as proud as we are of this superb facility and the high quality care it will provide."