Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

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Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Headquarters Queen's Hospital, Romford
Coordinates 51°34′09″N 0°10′44″E / 51.5691°N 0.1789°E / 51.5691; 0.1789Coordinates: 51°34′09″N 0°10′44″E / 51.5691°N 0.1789°E / 51.5691; 0.1789
Region served North East London
NHS region London
Type NHS Hospital Trust
Chair Dr Maureen Dalziel
Chief Exec Matthew Hopkins

The logo of Barking, Havering and Redridge Hospitals

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) is the organisation that runs NHS hospitals in east London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge Primary Care Trusts.

It has two main hospitals: King George Hospital in Ilford, Redbridge and Queen's Hospital in Romford. It also operates many clinics at a number of sites in the area including Barking Hospital and Brentwood Community Hospital.[1]

The Trust serves around 700,000 people from a variety of backgrounds and across a wide area, making it one of the largest in the country.[2]

It has a new Hyper Acute Stroke Unit, a regional centre for neurosurgery, one of the busiest cancer centres in London and a maternity service delivering almost 10,000 babies a year. The Trust has an extremely good infection control record, and has slashed the number of MRSA and Clostridium difficile rates by more than 70% in recent years.


In October 2013 it was placed in the highest risk category by the Care Quality Commission.[3] In December 2013 it was reported that the trust had paid out more than £23 million for negligence claims in maternity in five years.[4] The CQC report said that while the trust was working hard to make improvements in many areas, it still provided "unsafe care" in A&E and "needs to urgently focus" on resolving these issues because "The A&E departments are at times unsafe because of the lack of full-time consultants and middle-grade doctors." It was placed in special measures on 18 December 2013.[5]

In March 2014 The Trust was forecasting a deficit of £38 million for 2013-4 and a similar figure for 2014-5.[6]

In September 2014 the trust revealed a huge, previously unreported waiting list of more than 90,000 patients, 61,143 of which had been waiting past the national 18 week limit.[7]

The trust was one of 26 responsible for half of the national growth in patients waiting more than four hours in accident and emergency over the 2014/5 winter.[8]


In the last few years there have been frequent changes to the hospital's Board members.

  • Chief Executive Matthew Hopkins joined BHRUT on 1 April 2014, following the retirement of previous Chief Executive Averil Dongworth. He was previously Chief Executive at Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Trust[9]
  • Chair Dr Maureen Dalziel [10] stepped up as a Board Member to become Interim Chair after the previous Trust Chair Sir Peter Dixon resigned in March 2014 when the Trust was put into special measures.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Health Centres". Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Our Profile". Retrieved 10 March 2011. 
  3. ^ "North West London Hospitals NHS Trust identified as ‘high risk’ for patients". Brent and Kilburn Times. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Baby-in-cupboard hospital pays out £23m for maternity blunders". London Evening Standard. 4 December 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust placed in special measures". Independent. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Barking set to record more than double expected shortfall". Health Service Journal. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Updated: Troubled trust reveals huge waiting list". Health Service Journal. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "26 trusts responsible for half of national A&E target breach". Health Service Journal. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "New Chief Executive Announcement". Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals Trust. 18 March 2014. Retrieved 21 Jan 2015. 
  10. ^ "New Interim Chair for Trust". Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust. 24 Feb 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "Leaked emails reveal high level row over special measures move". Health Service Journal. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 

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