St Anthony's Hospital sold by nuns to private company

This Is Local London: St Anthony's Hospital is to be sold to Spire Healthcare St Anthony's Hospital is to be sold to Spire Healthcare

St Anthony's Hospital in North Cheam is to be sold to a private company.

A group of nuns named The Daughters of the Cross of Liege have run the London Road Hospital for over a century but, as the nuns age, they have decided sell it to Spire Healthcare.

Spire is the second largest private provider in the country with 38 hospitals, 11 clinics and numerous other healthcare services and was chosen as the best buyer for the site by the trustees of the daughters of the cross.

The sale was finalised this afternoon.

Sister Veronica, chairwoman of the trustees of the Daughters of the Cross said: "St Anthony's Hospital has been part of our lives for many years, with its unique ethos of care and deep roots in the local community.

"We are sorry to see it go from our ownership, but very pleased that Spire will be taking the hospital forward to continue its good work with patients and staff from the local community for many years to come."

Rob Roger, chief executive of Spire, added: "We are delighted to have today signed an agreement to acquire St Anthony's, which will be a central platform for Spire's continued growth in cardiology and other areas of acute care.

"Its reputation is well founded and we look forward to welcoming the staff and patients into the Spire family."

The Daughters of the Cross will continue to run St Raphael's Hospice on the same site but have planned to sell the hospital for some time.

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3:51pm Tue 1 Apr 14

LeslieCB says...

It will be interesting to know what the Pope would have said.

I bet he would have told them not to sell it, but to open the doors up to the very poorest, free of charge.

Is that what these nuns were scared of?
It will be interesting to know what the Pope would have said. I bet he would have told them not to sell it, but to open the doors up to the very poorest, free of charge. Is that what these nuns were scared of? LeslieCB
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3:52pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Is Sire these the privateer with whom the Sutton CCG GPs will be spending their newly acquired cash to the detriment of the financial position of our cherished St. Helier public District General Hospital they have been trying to close through their BSBV ploy?
Is Sire these the privateer with whom the Sutton CCG GPs will be spending their newly acquired cash to the detriment of the financial position of our cherished St. Helier public District General Hospital they have been trying to close through their BSBV ploy? Michael Pantlin
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8:19pm Sun 20 Apr 14

LadyJaneVII says...

About time this archaic hospital was sold . I worked a few shifts as a bank nurse there several years ago & was most unimpressed. The hospital is in a time warp & the nuns had the last say. Heaven forbid if they were challenged. The poor nurses still have to wear hats & belts....infection risk & some of the nurses had been there since the year dot & were so set in their ways that if they were put in any NHS hospital they would never cope. Let's hope Spire modernise it. However as a nurse my opinion of private hospitals leaves a lot to be desired. This hospital was staffed mainly by Filipina catholic nurses hard working but with poor command of the English language. Where are the nuns going? The hospice looked after a friend of mine & the care was faultless. What us happening to that?
About time this archaic hospital was sold . I worked a few shifts as a bank nurse there several years ago & was most unimpressed. The hospital is in a time warp & the nuns had the last say. Heaven forbid if they were challenged. The poor nurses still have to wear hats & belts....infection risk & some of the nurses had been there since the year dot & were so set in their ways that if they were put in any NHS hospital they would never cope. Let's hope Spire modernise it. However as a nurse my opinion of private hospitals leaves a lot to be desired. This hospital was staffed mainly by Filipina catholic nurses hard working but with poor command of the English language. Where are the nuns going? The hospice looked after a friend of mine & the care was faultless. What us happening to that? LadyJaneVII
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