Our history

Our hospitals have long and proud histories. St Thomas’ was founded in the 1100s, Guy’s in the 1720s, Royal Brompton in the 1840s, Evelina Children’s Hospital in 1869 and Harefield Hospital in 1915.

We are world famous, not just for quality of our care, but also for ground breaking research, innovation and teaching.  Our staff continue to live up to these pioneering traditions through their commitment to clinical excellence and world leading research. 

Read the story of each hospital, including details about pioneering medical firsts and innovations:

Last updated: April 2022

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