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The Royal London Hospital | Whitechapel

The Royal London Hospital is one of London's largest hospitals in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Whitechapel, run by Barts Health NHS Trust. It has a renowned reputation as a teaching hospital and overseas nurse recruitment hub, attracting talent to its busy accident and emergency department.

About Royal London Hospital

RLH operates one of the UK's largest children's and midwifery facilities. Around 5,000 babies are born each year at The Royal London and its midwife-led Barkantine Birth Centre, which opened in January 2008.

In 2019-2020, RLH cared for 181,380 A&E patients, climbing north of 300,000 during the coronavirus pandemic. It is also home to London's Air Ambulance, making it the busiest hospital in the capital for critical and acute emergency care.

Specialisms and services include:

  • Maternity and midwifery services.
  • Termination of pregnancies.
  • Surgical procedures.
  • Diagnostic and screening procedures.
  • Management of supply of blood and blood-derived products.
  • Treatment of disease, disorder, or injury.
  • Assessment/treatment for persons detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

RLH plays a significant role in international nurse recruitment to meet the growing demand for services, working alongside universities and overseas medical institutions to recruit and train staff, with various training programmes available.

The CQC health and social care regulator rates RLH as "Good" for seven out of 10 services, including end-of-life care, critical care, and services for children.

A Brief History of RLH

The London Hospital was founded in 1740 to treat the sick, originally located on Featherstone Street. In 1752, the foundation stone was laid for the hospital's main building on Whitechapel Road. The first patients were admitted in 1757 when construction finished.

Over time, new wings and departments were added to the expanding voluntary general hospital. By the early 1900s, The London Hospital had over 1,000 beds, becoming the largest voluntary facility in the UK. Initially run by financial subscribers, a Court of Governors later governed it until the NHS was established in 1948 when the hospital came under new administrative bodies as part of the NHS.

Life for Nurses in Whitechapel

Transport links are excellent for nurses working at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel, with the area well connected to central London. Buses, bikes, and cars can reach the hospital from Whitechapel in just 10-15 minutes.

Living costs are lower than in central London, with studio apartments costing around £450 per month. Despite being a built-up part of London, Whitechapel has green spaces like Spitalfields City Farm and Nomadic Community Gardens that offer a relaxing outdoor escape from the hustle and bustle of the hospital.

The developing neighbourhood can be rough around the edges but has an authentic character. The diverse community provides rich life experiences. For nurses, Whitechapel delivers convenience, affordability, and a taste of real London life close to their workplace at the Royal London Hospital.

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Interesting Facts About Whitechapel

  • The Whitechapel Bell Foundry made the Liberty Bell and Big Ben's Bell in Whitechapel.
  • "The Elephant Man" Joseph Merrick lived in Whitechapel and was exhibited in a freak show before being brought to the London Hospital.
  • In the 20th century, Whitechapel was home to anarchist and revolutionary exiles like Lenin before becoming the lively, multicultural area it is today.

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