Hospitals in the UK are ranked and rated on a number of factors by the Healthcare Commission. They rank them on whether they meet their standards for good governance, finance, waiting time and patient experience. Here, is a list of the top 10 hospitals in the UK as ranked by the Health Commission.
Hospitals in the UK
We’ve analysed the data from the UK’s top 100 hospitals, and ranked them based on a number of factors. This is based on all patient data, such as life expectancy, survival rates and the amount of equipment they use. We also used various other factors, such as the number of beds, and the proportion of staff who are skilled nurses.
Royal London Hospital
Royal London Hospital, located on The Bowers in Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in London, was founded in 1839. It was developed with the intention of treating patients of working class origins, who didn’t have to spend time on public transport commuting to get to hospitals. The hospital was designed by E.C. Bramwell in a utilitarian style and was completed at a cost of £95,000.
In its history, the hospital treated patients with many things including tuberculosis, peptic ulcer and appendicitis. Royal Surrey County Hospital The Royal Surrey County Hospital is located in Guildford and is an NHS hospital with 1,600 beds. It has specialist units in stroke, orthopaedics, diagnostic imaging, neurology, respiratory, endoscopy and cardiology.
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a member of The King’s Fund Top 10 hospital league table. They came 15th in the rankings. There are 1,943 beds at the hospital located in the London Borough of Camden and the Kensington and Chelsea area. The hospital provides more than 170,000 outpatient visits a year.
St James’s University Hospital
St James’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, located in the London Borough of Lambeth and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, comes 8th in the ranking. They were ranked 8th out of 41 NHS hospital trusts in the East of England region in the 2018/2019 ranking of best hospitals in England.
The James Cook University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
With the number of deaths in the UK having risen by 11 per cent in 2016, James Cook University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust aims to reduce this figure by 10 per cent over the next three years.
The Royal Marsden is the country’s only cancer centre. It received a five-star rating for the seventh year running. The trust provides the only service to treat all types of cancer at home, including glioma, leukaemia, brain tumours and prostate. The NHS Central London NHS Foundation Trust is a large, specialist medical trust that provides services including cardiac care, renal, orthopaedic, surgery and cancer.
Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
The centre was founded in 1854 as the Guy’s Hospital, in London. In 2014, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ made the move to creating an educational partnership with the London School of Economics. It was officially opened in 1870 by Queen Victoria. However, it was not until 1900 that it opened its doors to women, following an English law at the time which required all women to be subject to a medical check-up after the birth of a child.
The NHS Leeds General Infirmary is known for its rehabilitation services, general medical, hospital and pharmacy services, along with orthopaedics and neurosciences. It is one of the top healthcare organisations in the UK and is rated by the Healthcare Commission as the most improved hospital in the country.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, (QEH) is part of NHS England and offers specialist services across multiple disciplines. It was ranked fourth overall on the list of top hospitals in the UK. The QEH provides emergency, critical care, maternity and palliative care. It also offers all the associated services such as diagnostic, emergency and orthopaedic services as well as anaesthetics. The hospital is located in Birmingham and is described by the Health Commission as having “major strengths in the areas of gastroenterology, emergency care, perioperative care and rehabilitation medicine”.
Founded in 1920, the Southampton NHS Foundation Trust is ranked in the top 10 overall in the UK by the Healthcare Commission.
North Bristol NHS Trust
Out of the top 10 hospitals in the UK, North Bristol NHS Trust is ranked number 1. As one of the largest healthcare providers in the UK, North Bristol NHS Trust provides a wide range of services to patients. Their treatment areas include general surgery, hospital, nursing, acute medical, mental health, occupational and physiotherapy. Their Acute medical services include a 24 hour Ambulance service, Emergency Department, Stroke Unit, Diagnostic Imaging Services, Trauma and Adult Intensive Care.
The Trust serves a large geographic area with 5 hospitals, including a Paediatric Day Hospital, a Women and Children’s ward, a multidisciplinary stroke unit, a Multicare Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service and Integrated cardiac services.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
This hospital is rated #1 in the list with all other hospitals of their level falling within the top 5. They were named as one of the best hospital systems to work for. The hospital is one of the biggest in the country with 24 district general hospitals, and 34 teaching and acute hospitals. There are also satellite campuses for other hospitals in the Leeds and Bradford Area.
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has successfully performed 33 heart transplants in a calendar year. They were awarded the Award of Excellence for both total number of transplants, and individual heart transplants. The Trust was also able to achieve a high rate of live birth rates for single and multiple births.
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
These hospitals are based at the University of London. They are all in London, and they are very good at caring for people with very serious illnesses. These hospitals are especially good at caring for people with cancer and leukaemia.
UCLH specialises in helping people with blood cancer like lymphoma and leukemia. Around 2,300 new cases of leukaemia are diagnosed each year.
Both University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust rank highly. They both meet the standards for excellent care. They are both above 92%. This means that they are outstanding for five of the ten categories.
Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge University Hospitals, National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was rated as the 5th best hospital in the UK by the Health Commission in 2016. It was founded in 1887 and provides care to the University of Cambridge and surrounding area, including Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College and Newmarket. It is a teaching hospital for the University of Cambridge Medical School.
Addenbrooke’s has been providing top class care for a long time and in 2004 was the first hospital in the world to treat a pregnant woman with Ebola virus disease. They are also one of the largest teaching hospitals in the country. The Royal Marsden was founded in 1889 and is a teaching hospital for the Royal Marsden College of Medicine.