Our story

Alliance Medical Limited is part of the Life Healthcare Group and Europe’s leading independent provider of imaging services operating across the continent – in the UK, Germany, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway and Spain.

Established in 1989, we have enjoyed rapid growth based on a proven, scalable business model, exceptional service, outstanding value for money and technical excellence.

Our network

In the UK, we deliver imaging services across 46 static sites and 64 mobile scanners. We are a trusted and sustainable partner to the NHS, and also provide private healthcare imaging services primarily through our European Scanning brand.

We also operate an integrated national network of five radioactive isotope production facilities and an integrated Radiopharmacy distribution channel, supporting PET-CT scanning.

About Life Healthcare Group

Life Healthcare is a global, people-centred, diversified healthcare organisation listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Life Healthcare has over 33 years’ experience in the South African private healthcare sector, and currently operates 66 healthcare facilities in southern Africa. Services include acute hospital care, acute physical rehabilitation, acute mental healthcare, renal dialysis, and employee health and wellness services.

Life’s vision is to be a market leading, international, diversified, healthcare provider focused on delivering sustainable, high quality and cost-effective healthcare. Over the past few years, they have expanded into mental health, acute physical rehabilitation, renal dialysis, and oncology. Combining with AML is a natural part of the diversitifcation strategy.

Growth milestones

1989

Alliance Medical was founded in 1989 to provide medical imaging services in the UK.

1994

We set up our first independent static MRI unit in 1994.

2004

First UK diagnostic centre and NHS contract. We expand into Italy and Spain.

2006

We expand into the Netherlands and Germany.

2007

We're acquired by Dubai International Capital, making us the largest independent radiology services company in the world by market capitalisation.

2013

We move into radiopharmaceuticals, and become the only integrated molecular imaging service in the UK.

2014

We win the bid to provide more than 50 percent of NHS PET-CT scans in the UK.

2016

Life Healthcare Group acquire Alliance Medical Group. November 2016.

2017

We invest £80 million on additional static PET-CT sites across the UK.  These replace the use of  mobile scanners, delivering an improved patient experience and capacity to patients.

2018

Opening of the Turner Diagnostic Centre, a first of its kind, state-of-the-art multimodality Diagnostic Centre. April 2018.

2018

Alliance Medical acquire European Scanning Centres adding capacity to our private patient offering in London Harley St, Manchester and Cardiff. December 2018.

2019

Alliance Medical are awarded a 15 year contract to build a new facility to deliver MRI for Ashford and St Peters NHS Trust. July 2019.

2020

Mobile Medical Plus launched in partnership with Expandable Healthcare. First of its kind solution to deliver mobile MRI which expands into a relocatable advanced patient and staff experience. May 2020.

2020

The first UK Digital PET CT centre is built by Alliance Medical at Sidcup. July 2020.

2020

Contract signed for a new Integrated Diagnostic Centre at South Tyneside in partnership with the NHS. December 2020.

2021

Alliance Medical create a Diagnostic Village in Cannock in October 2021 as part of the national Community Diagnostic Centre strategy.

2021

A new Community Diagnostic Centre at Clacton is opened by the Prime Minister as a collaboration between Alliance Medical and East Suffolk & North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. October 2021.

2021

Alliance Medical partner with the NHS and Perspectum to open the Oxford Community Diagnostic Centre in Cowley. November 2021.