Key moments in King's history

There are many important milestones in our history. Here's a brief timeline of some of the key moments.

1840
A training facility opened in Portugal Street for King's College London medical students. This would eventually become King's College Hospital.
1877
Joseph Lister performed the first major elective surgery under aseptic conditions.
1909
The hospital was established as a separate legal entity and the foundation stone was laid for the new site in Camberwell.
July 26 1913
King’s College Hospital in Camberwell was opened by King George V.
1914
The majority of the hospital was taken over by the War Office and it was called The Fourth London Hospital.
1923
The dental school was established.
1966
The King’s liver unit was set up.
Early 1970s
The first specialist liver intensive care ward for adults in the world was opened at King’s.
1995
Professor Nigel Leigh established the UK's first specialist Motor Neurone Disease Care & Research Centre.
2002
Queen Elizabeth II opened the Golden Jubilee Wing.
2006
King’s gained Foundation Trust status.
2009
King's Health Partners was formed comprising King's College Hospital, Guy's and St Thomas', South London & Maudsley Foundation Trusts and King's College London University.
2013
The Trust acquired the Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, and took over responsibility for Orpington Hospital.
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