Cleveland Clinic files plans for London hospital

Cleveland Clinic has submitted plans to Westminster City Council in London to convert a six-story office block into a 205-bed hospital overlooking Buckingham Palace, according to the Evening Standard.

If approved, the new London hospital marks Cleveland Clinic's first in the United Kingdom.

Cleveland Clinic plans to retain the majority of the existing structure and external face of the building for the proposed 205-bed clinic and add eight operating suites.

The application for the new hospital was submitted after extensive engagement with the local community, including a public exhibition of the proposals, which was held over three days, according to a statement from the health system. Cleveland Clinic has guaranteed there will be no accident or emergency department in the facility to retain residential satisfaction in the area.

"I am delighted to submit our plans to Westminster City Council for determination. Since 1921 we have established a reputation as one of the most trusted and respected providers of healthcare. We are looking forward to the opportunity to provide our unique model of care to patients in London, one of the world’s great cities," said Toby Cosgrove, MD, president and CEO of Cleveland Clinic.

"After training in London as a cardiac surgeon, I know that the city offers a unique combination of world-leading medical research and some of the best and most respected healthcare professionals."

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