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The History of the Hospital

St John & Elizabeth Hospital was founded in 1856 under the care of the Sisters of Mercy, an order of nuns who worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War. Both the Hospital and the Hospice take great pride in their heritage, and the Catholic ethos which they were founded upon, which assures patients of a commitment to care and compassion in the delivery of their healthcare.

The UK's leading independent Hospital

Founded in 1856 under the care of the Sisters of Mercy, an order of nuns who worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War, our Hospital pioneered the use of advanced nursing techniques to help the sick, the dying and the needy in the local community.

Now, over 160 years later, the nuns have gone, but their ethos remains at the heart of what is regarded as a unique London hospital. Although we are an innovative private hospital, we are also a registered charity. Nowhere else does the work of a private hospital invest in supporting charitable services in the way that the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth does.

St John’s Hospice is the main beneficiary of St John & St Elizabeth Hospital. In addition to providing financial support, our relationship with the Hospice is crucial to the unique model of care the Hospice is able to provide their patients. All X-rays, Pathology, and Pharmacy are delivered on-site, enabling us to offer a less stressful experience for our patients and an immediacy of care that could not happen in most other hospices. The aim of both is the same now as it was over 160 years ago – to provide the highest quality health care for all those who seek it.

St John's Hospice Funding

Our charity

St John’s is our on-site Hospice and is the sole beneficiary of St John & St Elizabeth Hospital. Our ethos is still the same as it was over 160 years ago – to provide the highest quality of care for those who need us at their most vulnerable time. Every patient treated at the Hospital helps us to continue to support St John’s Hospice.

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looking after your vision

14th October 2021

Looking after your vision with check-ups at a London eye clinic

It’s easy to overlook eye health until problems occur that may be difficult to treat. Regular check-ups at our London Eye Clinic will put your mind at rest.

knees and elbows

11th October 2021

Elbow treatments: A look at different injuries and how they’re fixed

Elbow fractures, breaks and other injuries and conditions require specialised elbow treatment plans so that you can get back to normal.

Doctor with a stethoscope

07th October 2021

Benefits of a private health care check-up

Detecting problems before they have a chance to become serious is one of the main reasons for having a health care check-up — but should you go public or private?

nurse tenderly holding a baby - St John and St Elizabeth Hospital

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Growing up great with private health care for children

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We look at the complex world of urology and what to expect on the first visit to a urologist.

dr showing how to examine breasts for lumps

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How regular screenings at a breast clinic can keep you healthy

Having screenings at a breast clinic can put your mind at rest or allow you to take early action if something abnormal is found.

private surgeons performing a hernia operation

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Scheduled for a hernia operation? Here’s what to expect

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A smiling nurse

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We examine the functions of the skin, what can go wrong and when…

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A private urgent care centre for when you need immediate attention

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A patient waiting at London Urology

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Fibroscan at The Gi Unit

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What is a Fibroscan: Five facts you may not know

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