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Private providers - Ashley House

This week Fiona Barr provides facts and figures about Ashley House, a company keen to work with GPs.

Ashley House has traditionally focused on either developing and building surgeries for GPs or acquiring premises to lease to them.

Two years ago it set up a clinical services division with plans to work with GPs to secure NHS contracts and to develop medical centres to include pharmacy, dental, ophthalmology and allied health therapies.

The company describes itself as one of the UK's leading primary care infrastructure companies and aims to provide flexible solutions to service provision.

Ashley House
Primary care presenceAshley House's main presence is in property. It has developed more than 200 primary care premises since 1991 and its associated company AH Medical Properties buys and leases properties to 444 GP practices. It currently has property assets of more than £100m. It set up Ashley House Clinical Services in 2006.
Latest developmentsThe clinical services division this year signed its first joint venture with GPs, partnering Innovations in Primary Care, a West Sussex GP consortium with 60 practices and 480,000 patients. It is now finalising similar deal with a Wiltshire-based GP group and has smaller joint ventures/alliances in Oxfordshire, the North East and the Midlands. This year acquired seven LIFT companies covering 14 PCTs and developed its first 'health park' providing GP/other primary care services, sheltered housing and care home.
Plans for futureIntends to start more joint ventures with GPs and is involved in competitive bids for GP-led health centres and equitable access services. Its 'suite of solutions' cover any willing provider services, out-of-hospital initiatives, GP-led health centres, GP best practice chamber models, GP premises-based services, social enterprise consulting/support.
Worth notingHas worked with GPs for more than 15 years.
RatingMajor primary care property player with new joint venture arm.
Financial informationIn the year to end of April 2008, pre-tax profits were up 24 per cent to £5.1m
Find out morewww.ashleyhouseplc.com


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