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Introduction - Welcome to Barts and The London


Who we are – world-renowned teaching hospitals
Barts in The City (Britain’s oldest hospital – founded 1123), The Royal London in Whitechapel (founded 1740), and The London Chest in Bethnal Green (founded 1848) are home to 8,000 staff, including some of Britain’s leading specialists.  Our full portfolio of specialist services includes leading cancer, cardiac, gastro, trauma and emergency care centres.

Where we’ve come from – outstanding contribution to modern medicine
Our leading specialists continue a long tradition of clinical excellence.  The history of modern medicine can be traced through the pioneering work of their eminent predecessors, who include William Harvey (circulation of the blood), Parkinson (Parkinson’s disease), Langdon-Down (Down’s syndrome) and Barnardo (child welfare).

Who we care for – the two million people of east London
Our leading specialist services care for patients from throughout the UK, although most of our 767,000 annual attendances are patients living locally.  We cover Europe’s most diverse communities – from the wealthy financial districts of the City and Canary Wharf to some of Britain’s most deprived areas. 

What we do – bringing excellence to life
Our mission is to give patients the best possible care so that they can live better, fuller, longer lives. 

How we do it – Pathfinder clinical strategy
We achieve our mission through the strategic framework of our Pathfinder clinical strategy, which focuses on improving clinical quality, the patient experience and service efficiency.

The annual report 2005/06 incorporates our annual clinical governance report and operating and financial review.