Our support of St Bartholomew’s Hospital dates back nine centuries, and of The Royal London Hospital three centuries, during which time donations from the people of London have helped patients receive the healthcare they need.
900 years of caring
We can trace our origins back to 1123, when Rahere – a courtier to King Henry I – founded St Bartholomew’s Priory and St Bartholomew’s Hospital. When Henry VIII closed the Priory in 1539, there was outcry among the citizens of London at the possible loss of their hospital too. In 1546, Henry granted the Hospital to the City of London, re-endowing it with properties and income.
Looking to the future
We are dedicated to continuing our history of care and innovation in all of the Barts Health hospitals.
The work you support today is helping to write the history of tomorrow.
A history of innovation: 1609
William Harvey, the first person to describe blood circulation, is appointed Physician to St Bartholomew’s Hospital.
A history of innovation: 1785
William Blizard co-founds England’s first clinical medical school at the London Hospital.
A history of innovation: 1847
Barts is amongst the first hospitals to promote the use of anaesthetics.
A history of innovation: 1873
The London Hospital School of Nursing is founded.
A history of innovation: 1937
Barts becomes the first hospital in the UK to offer mega-voltage radiotherapy to cancer patients.
Caring today: 2005
The Royal London Hospital treats 208 patients injured in the bombings of 7 July 2005. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visits the hospital the next day to meet and thank staff.
Innovating today: 2017
We funded £6.8m for the rebuilding of the Newham Hospital Rainbow Centre, bringing local services for children and young people together for the first time.
The projects we fund continue to make groundbreaking developments in patient care across all the hospitals of Barts Health, and beyond.