We are one of London’s largest and busiest teaching Trusts providing care for patients locally and internationally at our main sites – King’s College Hospital, Princess Royal University Hospital and Orpington Hospital – as well as services at Beckenham Beacon, Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, and at numerous community settings.
We serve some of the most deprived communities in London and some of the wealthiest, spanning the boroughs of Bromley, Bexley, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
Many of our services, such as Trauma and Neurosurgery, are delivered on a regional basis, while people from throughout the UK and beyond come to us for our world renowned specialist services such as Liver and Foetal Medicine.
As a Foundation Trust, we have the freedom to run our own affairs and build formal links with our local patient and staff communities – King’s now has 20,000 Members who help guide our future.
Over the past 170-plus years, we have built a reputation as a world-class hospital, with roots that lie firmly in the heart of our community. Right from our origins caring for the poor and needy at our first hospital in central London, as well as the wounded soldiers of two world wars, our culture has been one of creativity and enterprise, and this is reflected in the people who work and volunteer for us. Patients now come to us from all over the world – for the skill and compassion of our people and because of our reputation as pioneers in medical research.
King's Volunteers are not directly involved in patient care but help provide extra support. They come from all walks of life and represent the diversity of the communities that we serve. All are dedicated to making the hospitals that make up the Trust a little friendlier and more comfortable for everyone.