UK operator eyes Oman, GCC healthcare investment

Starcare Health Systems plans 150-bed hospital, clinics, pharmacies in Oman, UAE and Saudi Arabia
UK operator eyes Oman, GCC healthcare investment
The UKs Starcare is planning to open a 150-bed hospital, 10 clinics and a chain of pharmacies in Oman. (For illustrative purposes only)
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 25 Apr 2011 07:12 PM

A UK-based healthcare company said on Monday it is planning to open a 150-bed hospital, 10 clinics and a chain of pharmacies in Oman.

Starcare Health Systems Limited, a healthcare management and consultancy company based in Manchester, said it would build the facilities over the next four years.

It added that it was also looking to invest in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The announcement came as Starcare prepared to open a state-of-the-art hospital in Seeb in Oman.

The total investment planned in Oman would be about RO15m ($39m) while it was looking to invest a further RO20m elsewhere in GCC markets.

Starcare hospital, which will open on April 30, is a 50 bed multi-specialty hospital, and is the first private hospital in Seeb, Muscat.

Facilities include a dedicated 24 hour emergency department, 35 medical specialties, three operating theatres, ICUs, day care units, maternity ward, and a 24 hour pharmacy.

Dr Sadik Kodakat, chairman of the Starcare Hospital, said: "We look to set new bench marks in the private healthcare sector, all at an affordable cost to the community.

"The aim is to reduce the dependence of Omanis and expats on hospitals abroad for high quality treatment."

Sadik added: "Our plan is to build a chain of satellite centres to bring medical care close to one's home."

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