Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is set to house a world-class, 150-bed multi-specialty hospital, which will be fully integrated with facilities at King’s College Hospital in London.
Building on the success of King’s College Hospital in Dubai, which in a short time has become one of the best hospitals in the United Arab Emirates, Ashmore Group, an investment manager specializing in emerging markets, in partnership with the King’s College Hospital London and Saudi Bugshan Group, has announced the start of construction of King’s College Hospital Jeddah (KCHJ).
The hospital is expected to open to patients in the second half of 2023, and it is expected to be the first of many similar projects providing Ashmore and King with the platform for future growth in Saudi Arabia.
The state-of-the-art King’s College Hospital in Jeddah, located on King Abdulaziz Road, will cover an area of over 32,000 m², with a capacity of 150 beds in the first phase. The hospital will be staffed with over 1,000 leading healthcare professionals from London, Saudi Arabia and the wider region, providing care along the tested clinical pathways of King’s College Hospital, London.
Clinical innovation and smart technologies will be an important feature of the hospital, with 40 medical and surgical specialties and four centers of excellence in the following institutes: Women’s Health, Metabolic Diseases and Bariatric Surgery, Orthopedics and Heart and Vascular . The patient, staff and service centered care model will be fully integrated at King’s College Hospital, London, designed to meet a range of complex and critical care requirements unique to residents and communities across Saudi Arabia.
KCHJ will be the first truly integrated hospital in the country, bringing all the benefits of King’s College Hospital London to Saudi Arabia and playing its part in realizing the 2030 vision in the healthcare sector.
The London-based tertiary hospital is part of the UK’s world-leading National Health Service with a 180-year history of successful care for patients with complex conditions. King’s is also one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK. London Hospital’s more than 13,000 employees treat more than a million patients each year.
Ahsan Ali, Head of Healthcare Private Equity at Ashmore, said: “We remain true to our ambition and commitment to bring the best of British healthcare to the region in partnership with King’s College Hospital. from London. Following the success of King’s Hospital and Clinics in Dubai, the entry into Saudi Arabia marks a new chapter for King’s and Ashmore, with the first project being a landmark hospital in Jeddah. We plan to follow this with the establishment of similar King-branded facilities, including specialist centers, in other parts of the kingdom.
Hospitals in London and Jeddah will share knowledge from King’s established research centers in the UK.
Using King’s cutting-edge healthcare expertise will ensure patients’ access to the highest quality of evidence-based care in Jeddah, encourage new collaborations between physicians from both countries and enable smooth patient journeys between hospitals in Jeddah and London, reducing the need for patients to travel to the UK.
Sir Hugh Taylor, President of King’s College Hospital, London, said: “We are delighted that King’s, in partnership with Ashmore, is expanding its presence in Saudi Arabia, following the success of our hospital and clinics in the United Arab Emirates. King’s College Hospital has a long history of providing exceptional patient care in London and, as part of our ‘Strong Roots, Global Reach’ strategy, we remain committed to providing exceptional patient care in Saudi Arabia.
Mark Coombs, CEO of Ashmore Group plc, added: “Ashmore Group remains committed to supporting KSA’s continued development across multiple areas. We have been active in Saudi Arabia for the past two decades and were the first international fund manager to establish local operations1 with a dedicated team in Riyadh, and we are now excited to play our part in developing the financial sector. health of Saudi Arabia by bringing King’s to the country.”
The UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) has supported Ashmore and King’s College Hospital with this project in Jeddah and added: “The proposed Jeddah development will benefit greatly from having an NHS partner – King’s College Hospital – who will support transforming healthcare in the kingdom. and enabling valuable expertise and knowledge transfer to help shape the delivery of healthcare. It will be the first hospital in the kingdom to partner with the National Health Service.”– TradeArabia Press Office
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