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Introducing the Trust

From the discovery of the circulation of blood to stem cell research
The history of modern medicine - from the discovery of the circulation of blood to stem cell research

Barts and The London NHS Trust is one of the largest and most respected teaching hospital trusts in Britain. 

Our hospitals maintain a distinguished medical and nursing tradition. The history of modern medicine can be traced through many eminent physicians and surgeons amongst our alumni – from William Harvey, who discovered the circulation of the blood in 1628, to names such as Parkinson (Parkinson’s Disease), Langdon-Down (Down’s Syndrome) and Barnardo (Child Welfare). More>> 

This tradition of clinical excellence continues today, with some of the best clinical results in the UK.  For the fourth year running Barts and The London has maintained one of the lowest mortality ratios in the country – 26% below what would be expected.  Mortality ratios are widely regarded as indicative of clinical excellence overall.  And with Britain’s biggest hospital redevelopment on the way, we will soon have leading edge facilities to match the clinical excellence of our staff.

The Trust’s annual budget is £480 million, and every year our 8,000 staff serve over half a million patients from one of the most culturally diverse communities in the country – the City and east London – as well as further afield.

The Trust has launched one of the most ambitious programmes of hospital investment, clinical development and service transformation in the modern NHS – a new era that will take us towards our vision of truly world-class healthcare.


Our hospitals

Leading teaching hospitals

  • The Royal London Hospital (founded in 1740) in Whitechapel – 690 beds
  • St Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts) (founded in 1123) in the City of London – 307 beds
  • The London Chest Hospital (founded in 1848) in Bethnal Green – 112 beds.

The Royal London Hospital, St Bartholomew's Hospital, The London Chest Hospital

Our hospitals balance three key roles

  • District General Hospitals (DGH) for Tower Hamlets and the City, providing secondary services to our local population
  • Tertiary referral centres for north east London and beyond, including leading national and world leaders in their specialist fields
  • Centres for education and research


Our clinical strategy

In May, 2004 Barts and The London launched Pathfinder, one of the most ambitious clinical strategies in the modern NHS. More>>   This sets the Trust on course to deliver excellence in everything we do - service efficiency, patient experience and clinical quality – and with the support systems, culture and partnerships to truly support our ambitions.


Teaching the next generation of doctors and nurses

As a teaching hospital trust, Barts and The London provides a large number of placements for student doctors, dentists, nurses and other healthcare professionals in training, who benefit from the expertise and experience of some of the most skilled clinicians in the country.


Working jointly with our partners in care

Our partners - working jointly with partners in care

We are working ever more closely with our healthcare, patient, local authority, education and research partners to deliver a seamless, coherent service focused on the patient that transcends traditional healthcare boundaries.


Whitechapel market, just outside The Royal London Hospital

Our communities

Every year our hospitals and community outreach services offer care to a catchment area of over 2.5 million people from the City, east London and further afield – the most ethnically diverse community in Europe. This diversity is reflected in the economic and social landscape of the area – from the affluent finance and business districts of the City and Docklands, to some of the most deprived communities in the UK.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, at the heart of our local community, is an area of striking contrasts.

St Paul's Cathedral in the City of London

Over the centuries, it has become home to diverse ethnic and cultural communities. Today, the largest ethnic groups are Bangladeshi, Somali, Irish, Afro-Caribbean, Turkish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Jewish. The community includes the largest refugee population in London, and many people have arrived in the area after fleeing from the horrors of war, persecution and famine.

As one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK, Tower Hamlets has significant health inequalities, particularly in terms of the number of residents affected by tuberculosis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.


We’ve been busy

In the year 2004/05 our clinical staff treated more than 500,000 patients, this included:

  • More than 730,000 patient attendances every year
  • 490,162 outpatient attendances
  • 157,359 A&E patients, including those attending the walk-in centre
  • 85,150 inpatient and daycase admissions
  • 25,055 patients operated on in our theatres
  • 298,817 x-rays and scans carried out
  • 4,054 babies delivered
  • 2,432 teeth removed
  • 47 kidney transplants
  • 9,478 hearts operated on
  • 1,488,470 meals served to patients
  • 174,000 patient transport journeys