Nuffield Health strengthens connected health and wellbeing offering with ownership of 35 new gyms

Nuffield Health officially took ownership today of 35 Virgin Active gyms, representing a significant step in the not-for-profit healthcare organisation’s strategy to provide connected health and wellbeing, linking fitness and wellbeing gyms with clinical services and hospitals.

This transaction boosts the number of Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centres to 112, making Nuffield Health the second biggest fitness provider in the UK by number of consumer sites*. All 2,300 Virgin Active employees from the 35 gyms moved over to Nuffield Health today, along with 120,000 members. The familiar green shield logo is now being installed at the sites, signifying the beginning of a rebranding process.

A multi-million investment programme will now begin to turn the sites into Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centres. Plans include enhancing current facilities with the addition of medical clinics within a number of the centres, featuring services such as physiotherapy, in-depth health assessments, nutritional therapy and private GP appointments. Once up and running, these can be used by both non-members and members.

This acquisition also now means that Nuffield Health will be offering the largest multi-access gym provision in the UK, where members will be able to use more gyms. Members will also be able to access a free one day guest pass for their family and friends. And those who were previously members of the Vitality scheme will also retain all their benefits.

Swimming pools in all the sites will also be kept, reinforcing Nuffield Health’s commitment to teach more children and adults to swim. All new and existing members will also receive Nuffield Health’s signature free Health MOT checks throughout the year, measuring blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar level, BMI, resting heart rate, waist to hip ratio and aerobic fitness.

Steve Gray, Chief Executive Officer for Nuffield Health said: “We are thrilled to welcome these 35 sites into the Nuffield Health family. This marks an exciting milestone in our 59 year history and represents a significant next step in our strategy to provide a seamless and connected health and wellbeing offering to more people. We will now be able to deliver much broader services such as physiotherapy, health assessments and nutritional therapy all under one roof, as well as provide our standard services such as fitness classes, personal training and swimming lessons. We can also offer a helpful link to our 31 Nuffield Health hospitals, with pay-as-you go treatment for all, without waiting lists.”

The 35 new Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Centres joining the existing 77 Nuffield Health sites are in: Bolton, Bridgend, Bristol, Chigwell, Chislehurst, Crawley, Croydon (The Grants Entertainment Centre), Cwmbran, Derby, Devonshire, Ealing, Edinburgh (Fountain Park), Edinburgh (Omni), Enfield, Farnborough, Friern Barnet, Glasgow, Hemel Hempstead, Hendon, Islington (Essex Road), Kingston (Richmond Road), Leeds (The Light), Manchester Didsbury, Medway, Merton Abbey, Milngavie, Oxfordshire, Preston, Romford, Rugby, Stockley Park, Sunbury, Wandsworth (Southside), Weston-Super-Mare and Wokingham.

This purchase now complements the 212 corporate fitness and wellbeing centres Nuffield Health already provides to the business community, making Nuffield Health the largest provider of employee wellbeing services. The not-for-profit also operates five stand-alone medical centres, 31 hospitals, one specialist diagnostic suite and six hospital sterile services units.

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*Mintel report - Leading UK health and fitness club operators by number of clubs. Pure Gym is the largest operator.

Last updated Monday 1 August 2016