Top Hospitals Link Up with University to Form Research Centre

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Byline: SOPHIE GOODCHILD

THREE leading London hospitals and a major university have joined forcesto become the country's largest science research centre.

The partnership is between Guys and St Thomas', King's College Hospital, SouthLondon and the Maudsley and King's College, London.

The combined expertise of all four institutions will make it quicker forpatients to receive the most up-todate care, including mental health treatmentand complex surgery.

This is the second time a university has formed a partnership with a hospitalto create an academic health sciences centre, after Imperial College, Londonmerged with two other hospitals last year.

The university formed a new medical super-centre with Hammersmith hospital andSt Mary's and was rebranded as Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

The King's College joint research venture comes as London faces health reformsunder proposals drawn up by health minister Lord Darzi.

These include the downgrading and merging of maternity and A & E services insome parts of London and officials upgrading them in others.

This has put hospital trusts under pressure to demonstrate they are runningservices efficiently and meeting patient needs. …