The new independent healthcare group Spire Healthcare has revealed plans to grow its business now that it has separated from Bupa.
Already a leading player in the private hospital market, Spire Healthcare has expressed ambitions to build on its position, although private self-pay medical and insured work will remain the company's core business.
Chief executive Clare Hollingsworth said: "Becoming a standalone private healthcare company, separate from Bupa, will give us greater freedom to develop our business and offer more services to more people.
"We deliberately chose the name 'Healthcare' rather than 'Hospitals' because we don't want to limit our ambition," she continued.
"The long-term trend is for more care to be delivered outside of the conventional hospital setting, and while our priority will be to develop our existing facilities we will also look at new ways of delivering quality health care services."
New signs have now gone up at the 25 former Bupa Hospital sites, alerting the public to the fact that they are now Spire Hospitals, and Ms Hollingsworth added that while the brand name has changed, the group's "commitment to deliver excellent service and clinical expertise has not".
While Spire Healthcare's private hospitals treat patients with private health insurance and self-pay patients opting for private treatment, they also offer services to NHS patients on behalf of the NHS.