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King’s College: The First NHS Hospital to Open in Saudi Arabia

King’s College Hospital Jeddah is set to open in the second half of 2023
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King’s College Hospital London has announced that it will establish a new Hospital in Saudi Arabia. The King’s College Hospital Jeddah will be the first hospital in Saudi Arabia to fully integrate with the London Hospital. Construction of the Hospital is being managed by King’s College Hospital London together with the specialist emerging markets investor Ashmore Group and the Saudi Bugshan Group.

Founded in 1840, the King’s College Hospital is one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK and part of the UK’s National Health Service, treating over a million patients every year in the heart of London.

King’s was one of the first British hospitals to extend its clinical services to the Middle East. In 2016, King’s College Hospital entered the United Arab Emirates through a joint venture with Al Tayer Group, Dubai Investments and UK-headquartered Ashmore Group.

King’s College Hospital established a presence in Dubai with a 100-bed multi-speciality tertiary hospital in the premier Dubai Hills estate, and two multi-speciality outpatient centres in the prime locations of Jumeirah and Marina.

King’s College Hospital Dubai specialises in the areas of Paediatrics, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Metabolic Diseases. The hospital group has built a strong reputation for clinical innovation and patient services. 

Knowledge and expertise have been successfully transferred from the UK campus. Over 45% of the doctors come from the UK and training for the entire nursing leadership team is provided from the UK.  

The first phase of King’s College Hospital Jeddah (KCHJ) located on King Abdulaziz Road is scheduled to open in 2023 and will cover an area of over 32,000 sqm, with a capacity of 150 beds.

We stand true to our ambition and commitment to bringing the best of British healthcare to the region in partnership with King’s College Hospital London.

Ahsan Ali, Head of Healthcare Private Equity at Ashmore

Over 1,000 healthcare professionals will be recruited to the KCHJ facility. Talent acquisition specialists will source the best in international healthcare talent from London, KSA and the wider region to deliver care in line with the tested clinical pathways of King’s College Hospital London. 

Saudi Arabia’s healthcare is going through significant transformation and restructuring in line with the kingdom’s Vision 2030 roadmap to develop a comprehensive and integrated health system. This landmark project is hoped to be the first of many for the King’s and Ashmore partnership, as they set out to establish similar branded specialised centres in other parts of the kingdom. 

We have been active in the kingdom for the last two decades and were the first international fund manager to establish local operations with a dedicated team in Riyadh. We are excited to be playing our role in the development of KSA’s healthcare sector by bringing King’s to the country.

Mark Coombs, Chief Executive Officer, Ashmore

This latest move builds on a history of collaboration between King’s College Hospital and the Saudi authorities. In 2011, King’s signed a collaboration agreement with King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh to provide education and training for nurses. In 2021, the Hospital signed a partnership agreement with the Royal Commission for Riyadh City to open a school in the capital.

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