We look forward to a future of continuing to support innovation in health, just as we have since 1553
The original St Thomas’ Hospital dates back to the 12th Century when it was staffed by Augustinian monks and nuns. It was dedicated to Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury.
During the Reformation, Henry VIII’s policy of forced dissolution of the monasteries led to the hospital laying derelict for over a decade. In 1553 it was re-opened and endowed by Edward VI, Henry VIII’s son, and rededicated to Thomas the Apostle.
In 1721, Thomas Guy, a bible seller, MP and governor of St Thomas’, funded the building of Guy’s Hospital for the care of “the incurably ill and the hopelessly insane”. He died before the building was complete but left one third of his estate for the cause.
Due to the building of the railway at London Bridge, St Thomas’ Hospital was forced to relocate to Lambeth in 1871.
As voluntary hospitals, Guy’s and St Thomas’ relied on donations and endowments. When the NHS was created in 1948, health service funding was taken on by the Government, but donations and the historic endowments continued to support the hospitals' work.
In 1993 Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals were merged under one NHS Trust. The two separate charitable funds were also joined to form Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charitable Foundation.
When Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust achieved Foundation Trust status in 2004, the name of the charity was changed to Guy's and St Thomas' Charity.
In April 2015, the charity stopped being an NHS charity and became independent from the Department of Health.
Our art and heritage collection is one of the largest belonging to a health charity in the UK, with over 4,300 artefacts that are exhibited across two hospital sites and other healthcare spaces in Lambeth and Southwark and beyond.View collection highlights
Our timeline of innovation showcases our continued desire to support health and healthcare innovation in Lambeth and Southwark - just as we've always done.
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