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Celebrating 90 years of The London Clinic

07 Jan 2022

The London Clinic prepares to celebrate its 90th anniversary.

In 1928, a group of Harley Street doctors had a vision – to establish a new kind of hospital that would set a standard of healthcare for generations to come.

And so, in the heart of London’s medical district, The London Clinic opened its doors on 18 February 1932.

The London Clinic archive image

The intention was for The London Clinic to be the first private institution in Britain to cater for all aspects of a modern hospital, to the highest of standards, with the best services, equipment and clinicians.

Since that time, our hospital has grown into one of the UK’s largest and most highly regarded, in London and internationally, always with the mantra of providing exceptional patient care.

We are proud to have treated some of history’s most influential people, including actors, politicians and royalty, but our aim is to support a diverse healthcare community. Today, we see over 120,000 patients a year, from all over the world.

Winston Churchill leaving The London Clinic

Our status as a charity is crucial to achieving this aim. Having gained charitable status in 1935, and as a proudly independent hospital, we invest any surplus we make back into patient care, research and innovation, and training and education.

Our vision, to advance clinical excellence and share best practice worldwide, means that we are continually searching for the best possible ways to care for patients and to improve their health outcomes.

This outward-looking approach has allowed us to pioneer in many areas. Back in 1932, we were home to the first private plastic surgery unit in the world, established by “father of plastic surgery” Sir Harold Gillies, who initially helped soldiers with war injuries.

Fast forward to the 2000s and we became the first UK independent hospital to introduce robotic surgery, and the only one with four surgical robots.

We are now innovating in artificial intelligence, offering technology such as GI Genius, which improves the detection of polyps in colonoscopies. Our core specialities – which include cancer, digestive health, orthopaedics and aesthetics – all see our consultants utilise cutting-edge technology. 

While our hospital was founded to deliver exceptional patient care, we can only achieve this with the very best people. Since The Duchess of York formerly opened our doors, our workforce has centred on world-renowned consultants and highly skilled, specialised staff, clinical and non-clinical alike.

As we enter a new year and look ahead at what’s to come, our 90th anniversary brings with it a chance to also look back at our journey and our community, who together have built a hospital that has people at its heart.

Keep an eye on our website and social media this year as we reflect on and celebrate 90 years of The London Clinic.


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