The Sandringham Hospital, on the grounds of Lynn’s QEH. Picture: Ian Burt

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn complete its purchase of the private BMI Sandringham Hospital by the end of the month, it emerged this week.

Hospital board members are set to make a final decision on whether to proceed with the purchase on Thursday and the sale could be completed the following week or in early October.

The QEH confirmed it was in negotiations to buy the 35-bed  private hospital, built on its grounds, in July, potentially for use as a new planned treatment centre.

Chief executive Caroline Shaw said at the time it represented a “fantastic opportunity” for the trust to improve patient care.

In her blog this week, Mrs Shaw said the 82 staff directly employed by BMI would transfer to the QEH at the same time if the sale went through.

“We are currently completing our due diligence checks on the finances, the building and equipment – similar to the surveys you complete when buying a house,” she wrote.

“We are then hoping, subject to everyone being comfortable with the results of the due diligence checks, that we will be able to present the proposed transaction to our board who will make a final decision on whether or not to proceed on September 24.”

Mrs Shaw’s blog also revealed the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had arrived at the QEH on Monday.

The Gayton Road hospital has been in special measures since April 2018 after CQC inspectors rated it as “inadequate” and an inspection had been expected this autumn.

It was previously re-inspected in July last year and remained in special measures after insufficient improvements were found. 

A new five-year corporate strategy was launched by the QEH in June with the aim of being out of special measures by the end of the year and be rated “outstanding” by 2025.

Mrs Shaw’s blog said the arrival of the CQC was a “really good opportunity to share our improvement journey”.