08 November 2021

Rutherford Health plc

Bupa and Rutherford Cancer Centres partner to open new health clinics

Rutherford Health plc (AQSE: RUTH, the "Group"), a leading UK provider of innovative cancer care has partnered with Bupa to open new health clinics within Rutherford Cancer Centres to create a one-stop-shop journey for customers from diagnosis to treatment.

The move will give customers access to services such as private GP appointments, health assessments and physiotherapy.

Customers using Bupa's clinic will benefit from simple onward referrals. If symptoms of cancer are picked up in the Bupa Health Clinic, patients will be able to see Rutherford's cancer specialists within the cancer centres - which offer MRI and CT scans, mammograms and ultrasonograms - on the same day.

The first clinic opened at Rutherford's Cancer Centre North West in Liverpool on 8 November 2021. It will be followed by a second at the Rutherford Cancer Centre North East, Northumberland, in early 2022.  

Incorporating Bupa Health Clinics within its centres further expands the diversity of Rutherford's revenues beyond cancer care.

Mike Moran, CEO of Rutherford Health Plc, said:

"Expanding our relationship with Bupa to provide Bupa Health Clinics at our Rutherford Cancer Centres is an exciting step towards bringing better healthcare to more people. The one-stop clinic offering will enable access to our state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatments for those who need them, while also diversifying our business streams.

"That Bupa chose us to partner with to create new Bupa Health Clinics is a real endorsement of our offering, experienced team and the state-of-the-art, patient centred facilities we have built."

Dr Arun Thiyagarajan, Director at Bupa Health Clinics said:

"When people have cancer concerns, we know it's so important to move quickly, both to get the best prognosis or give them much needed peace of mind.  Our partnership with Rutherford Cancer Centres will help give people a quick and easy pathway from diagnosis to treatment, so we're delighted to be launching health clinics within their sites."

The Bupa Health Clinics will have their own entrances and Bupa branding, though will be run in partnership with Rutherford, whose expert team will provide staffing and management. Marketing and patient engagement will be driven by Bupa and the management of the clinics will be supported by Bupa infrastructure including operations, IT support, clinical governance etc.