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Aquisition of the RNHRD NHS FT by the RUH NHS FT

The RNHRD is now part of the RUH NHS Foundation Trust. We are working together to continue to provide high quality patient care. The RNHRD endscopy service is now located on the RUH site, all other services remain the same. More information is available here

You can find out about our plans to relocate services and opportunities for feedback here.


As a result of significant and longstanding financial challenges the RNHRD could not continue in its current form and needed to become part of a larger organisation. The RNHRD Trust Board outlined a strategic intent to be acquired by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH).   The RNHRD Board agreed that this presented the best opportunity to ensure the future provision and continuity of the RNHRD’s high quality patient services.

The RUH and RNHRD have a long established and effective partnership in the delivery of high quality care. Joining together will allow us to:

  • Combine skills and clinical expertise across the Trusts to enhance shared care for patients with multiple, and complex, conditions.
  • Improve access to specialist knowledge and skills across the local health economy and beyond.
  • Build on existing clinical synergies.
  • Establish the second largest R&D portfolio in the country amongst medium sized hospitals.

The RUH and RNHRD Trust boards developed a set of overarching principles to describe our joint vision for the future, these can be found here. Both Trusts worked together on the development of integration plans and a business case for the proposed acquisition, with the prime objective of maintaining and enhancing patient care.

The proposed acquisition was subject to a number of approvals from Monitor and the Trust Board and Council of Governors of both the RNHRD and the RUH.

At an extraordinary meeting of the RNHRD Trust Board, held in public on the 27th November 2014, the Trust Board formally approved the proposed acquisition of the RNHRD by the RUH.

On the 2nd December 2014 at an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Governors, held in public, the RNHRD Governors also approved the application to Monitor for the RNHRD to be acquired by the RUH.

At a meeting of the RUH Trust Board on the 17th December 2014, the RUH Trust Board formally approved the proposed acquisition of the RNHRD by the RUH.

On the 18th December 2014 at a meeting of the RUH Council of Governors, the RUH Governors formally supported this decision.

On 1st February, 2015 the RUH NHS FT formally acquired the RNHRD.

The RNHRD remains fully operational and patients will continue to be seen and treated at the RNHRD as usual, with the exception of Endoscopy patients, who are treated by the integrated service at the RUH. 

How can I find out more?
The latest information as well as additional information on the background to the acquisition can be found in the useful links panel, to the right.

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