Guy's Hospital

Guy's Hospital is an NHS hospital in the borough of Southwark in central London. It is part of Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and one of the institutions that comprise the King's Health Partners, an academic health science centre.

It is a large teaching hospital and is, with St Thomas' Hospital and King's College Hospital, the location of King's College London GKT School of Medical Education.

The Tower Wing (formerly known as Guy's Tower) is the world's second tallest hospital building, standing at 148.65 metres (487.7 ft) with 34 floors. It is currently one of the tallest buildings in London.

Guy's Hospital
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
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Guy's Hospital entrance with Boland House on the left and the Chapel on the right
Guy's Hospital is located in London Borough of Southwark
Guy's Hospital
Shown in Southwark
LocationSouthwark, London, England
Care systemNHS England
Hospital typeTeaching
Affiliated universityKing's College London / KCLMS
Emergency departmentNo


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1820 Engraving of entrance by James Elmes and William Woolnoth.
Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospitals from 1833 Schmollinger map
The location of Guy's and St Thomas' hospitals, c. 1833

The hospital dates from 1721, when it was founded by philanthropist Thomas Guy, who had made a fortune from the South Sea Bubble and as a publisher of unlicensed Bibles.[2] It was originally established as a hospital to treat "incurables" discharged from St Thomas' Hospital. Guy had been a Governor and benefactor of St Thomas' and his fellow Governors supported his intention by granting the south-side of St Thomas' Street for a peppercorn rent for 999 years.[2] Following his death in 1724, Thomas Guy was entombed at the hospital's chapel (also dating from the 18th century), in a tomb featuring a marble sculpture by John Bacon.[2]

The original buildings formed a courtyard facing St Thomas Street, comprising the hall on the east side and the Chapel, Matron's House and Surgeon's House on the west-side. A bequest of £180,000 by William Hunt in 1829, one of the largest charitable bequests in England in historic terms, allowed for a further hundred beds to be accommodated.[2] Hunt's name was given to the southern expansion of the hospital buildings which took place in 1850.[2] Two inner quadrangles were divided by a cloister which was later restyled and dedicated to the hospital's members who fell in the First World War. The east side comprised the care wards and the 'counting house' with the governors 'Burfoot Court Room'. The north-side quadrangle is dominated by a statue of Lord Nuffield (1877–1963) who was the chairman of governors for many years and also a major benefactor.[3]

In 1974, the hospital added the 34-storey Guy's Tower and 29-storey Guy's House: this complex was designed by Watkins Gray.[4] The Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases, which is dedicated to improving outcomes of conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, stroke, Parkinson's disease and spinal cord injury, was opened by the Princess Royal in December 2004.[5]

In October 2005 children's departments moved to the Evelina London Children's Hospital in the grounds next to St Thomas's close to the Palace of Westminster.[6] A new cancer centre, built by Laing O'Rourke at a cost of £160 million, was completed in April 2016.[7]


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Surgery is performed at Guy's in 1941
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Tower Wing
General information
Coordinates51°30′12″N 00°05′13″W / 51.50333°N 0.08694°WCoordinates: 51°30′12″N 00°05′13″W / 51.50333°N 0.08694°W
Current tenantsGuy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
Construction started1968
Construction stopped1974
OwnerNational Health Service
Height148.65 metres (487.7 ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectWatkins Gray

Medical services at the Guy's site are now concentrated in the buildings to the east of Great Maze Pond: these buildings, which are connected, are known as Tower Wing, Bermondsey Wing, Southwark Wing and Borough Wing.[8] The Cancer Centre is in a separate building just to the south.[8] To the west of the Great Maze Pond is Guy's Campus which forms part of King's College London.[8]

At 148.65 metres (487.7 ft) high,[9] Guy's Tower (now called the Tower Wing) regained its tallest hospital building in the world status in 2014.[10] It has since been surpassed by the Outpatient Center at the Houston Methodist Hospital, in Houston, USA at 156.05 metres (512.0 ft).[11]

Notable people who worked at Guy's

See also


  1. ^ "Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust: Vital Statistics". Archived from the original on 25 September 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e "'Guy's Hospital', in Survey of London: Volume 22, Bankside (The Parishes of St. Saviour and Christchurch Southwark), ed. Howard Roberts and Walter H Godfrey". London: British History Online. 1950. p. 36-42. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Viscount Nuffield". London Remembers. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  4. ^ " - CBSi". Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. ^ "King's Wolfson Centre for Age-Related Diseases opens" (PDF). Comment. 1 December 2004. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Evelina London Children's Hospital". Structurae. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Laing O'Rourke hands over Guy's cancer centre". Building. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  8. ^ a b c "Campus maps:King's College London". King's College London. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Guys Hospital, London - Building #100". Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Guy's Lifts Tower regains its title as world's tallest hospital building".
  11. ^ "Methodist Outpatient Care Center". Emporis. Retrieved 18 April 2018.
  12. ^ "King's College London - Portering & philosophy". Retrieved 31 March 2018.

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