Homerton University Hospital

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Homerton University Hospital
Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Homerton Hospital 1.JPG
Location Homerton, Hackney, East London, England
Care system NHS England
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
Emergency department Yes
Beds 500
Founded 1870, 1986 current site
Website www.homerton.nhs.uk
Lists Hospitals in England

Homerton University Hospital is a hospital in Homerton, Hackney, east London.


A chest examination at Hackney Hospital in 1943

Several hospitals existed in Hackney prior to the present hospital at Homerton Row. Hackney’s first hospital was founded in 1280, called the Kingsland Leper Hospital and was one of ten leper hospitals set up in London. It was eventually closed in 1760. The Hackney Hospital known at various times as the workhouse infirmary and later as the Hackney Institute functioned at Homerton High Street between 1750 and 1995, before the services were transferred to the current hospital.[1]

The German Hospital functioned on Dalston Road between 1845 and 1987. The Eastern Hospital, which was also known as the fever and smallpox hospital ran at the site of where Homerton Hospital is today between 1870 and 1982. Mothers' Hospital which was started at Mare Street, Hackney in 1884 by the Salvation Army for the care of pregnant, unmarried women. It was closed in 1986 when Homerton Hospital opened and all the maternity and obstetric services were transferred.[2]

The construction of the present hospital began in 1982 and it opened its doors on Sunday, 5th of July 1986. The hospital was built at a cost of £20 million and was inaugurated by the Princess Royal. Homerton became a separate trust in 1994 and has been in its present organisation as a foundation trust since 2004. The Trust is governed by a board elected from the membership; itself drawn from a wide area around the hospital.


The hospital services the East London borough of Hackney and also the City of London. Specialist care is provided in obstetrics, neonatology, fetal medicine, laparoscopic surgery, fertility, bariatric surgery, obesity surgery and neurorehabilitation.

The hospital directly employs 3500 staff. The hospital received “excellent” both for service quality and use of resources in the Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings and top rating of 3 stars with the Healthcare Commission in 2009-10. It holds the level 2 NHS Litigation Authority rating for safety for both general and maternity services.[3]

In October 2013 as a result of the Keogh Review the Trust was put into the highest risk category by the Care Quality Commission[4] however the first CQC report following rated the A&E dept as 'outstanding'.[5]

Medical education[edit]

Homerton University Hospital serves as teaching hospital for undergraduate students from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry and City University Radiography students. It provides post graduate training in all major specialities.

Transport links[edit]

Homerton Hosp bus stop.jpg

The hospital is a short walk from the Homerton railway station on the North London Line with frequent trains operated by London Overground. The bus stops adjacent the hospital have regular services to Central and East London (Routes 236, 242, 276, 308, 394, 425, 488 and W15). The route 236 no longer serves as night bus.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hospitals". Derelict London. 
  2. ^ "Homerton University Hospital - History". Archived from the original on 2009-04-25. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  3. ^ "Annual report and accounts 2009/10" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-09. Retrieved 2010-10-08. 
  4. ^ "NHS Trusts put in risk categories - full list". Independent. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Homerton University Hospital". www.cqc.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-20. 

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