BMI Sandringham Hospital at King’s Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt.

The purchase of the private BMI Sandringham Hospital in King’s Lynn and its transfer to the NHS is set for completion next week.

It follows today’s announcement that the Board of Directors and Governors’ Council at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has given the move the green light.

The building will now be acquired by the QEH Trust on Wednesday, September 30, and the 76 members of BMI staff will be transferred over to the NHS.

The Sandringham, which sits on the QEH site, will be used to create additional capacity for planned NHS operations and procedures, providing an extra 30 inpatient beds and two additional theatres.

However, the Trust said it also plans to use the Sandringham site to offer “a small private practice” in order to generate additional income for the Trust, to be reinvested into NHS services – a model it says is used by many NHS Trusts across the country.

Caroline Shaw, QEH chief executive, said: “The extra capacity will initially support our response to the coming winter period, allowing us to continue with planned elective operations or procedures despite increased emergency admissions which in the past, has seen some elective procedures postponed at short notice.

“Then, as we move into the summer period, it will support the work we are doing to further reduce our waiting lists.

“This is a really exciting step forward for our Trust, our patients and the communities we serve and one which is in keeping with our five-year strategy.

“We look forward to welcoming NHS patients to the site over the coming weeks and months.”