The King's Story

The Past

Lord Lister

Over the last 170 years, King’s has built its reputation as a world class hospital, with roots that lie firmly in the heart of our community. We are both a leading teaching hospital and a local hospital with a diverse inner city population.

Caring for patients from some of the most deprived communities in London, and some of the wealthiest; our world class specialties such as diabetes, liver and sickle cell are largely driven by the health problems of the people around us.

Right from our origins caring for the poor and needy in Lincoln’s Inn, and wounded soldiers from two world wars, the culture at King’s has always been one of creativity and enterprise, and this is reflected in the people we choose to employ.

The Present

We constantly challenge ourselves to be better; our own measures are often more challenging than national targets. By trying new things and working hard we have done more with less: that’s the King’s way. In challenging times we worked as a team, supporting one another to offer the very best in patient care and experience.

Despite financial difficulties we King's arch infront of Golden Jubilee Wing became one of London’s first Foundation Trusts, allowing us the freedom to run our own affairs and build formal links with our local patient and staff communities – King’s now has 12,000 Members who help guide our future.

Our staff tell us that they are proud to be part of the King’s family – whatever their role – and this is highlighted by the number of people who work with us and move onto other jobs but can’t resist coming back.

Patients come to King’s from all over the world – for the skill and compassion of our people and our reputation as pioneers in medical research. Transferring the results of this research from bench to patient bedside is now quicker and easier thanks to the formation (with King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ and South London and Maudsley Foundation Trusts) of King’s Health Partners, an Academic Health Science Centre.

The Future

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We are facing a big challenge following changes to the NHS – a fundamental restructure of the way that healthcare is delivered across the country. King’s is ready; we have been for some time and in many ways we have already begun.

Our vision is to become a fundamentally new kind of hospital built around patient need, offering all our patients – local, national and international – the highest quality of care, and to deliver this as part of a joined-up and well-managed healthcare system, built in partnership with GPs and other healthcare providers.