Top Hospitals Link Up with University to Form Research Centre
Goodchild, Sophie, The Evening Standard (London, England)
THREE leading London hospitals and a major university have joined forces to become the country's largest science research centre.
The partnership is between Guys and St Thomas', King's College Hospital, South London and the Maudsley and King's College, London.
The combined expertise of all four institutions will make it quicker for patients to receive the most up-todate care, including mental health treatment and complex surgery.
This is the second time a university has formed a partnership with a hospital to create an academic health sciences centre, after Imperial College, London merged with two other hospitals last year.
The university formed a new medical super-centre with Hammersmith hospital and St Mary's and was rebranded as Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
The King's College joint research venture comes as London faces health reforms under proposals drawn up by health minister Lord Darzi.
These include the downgrading and merging of maternity and A & E services in some parts of London and officials upgrading them in others.
This has put hospital trusts under pressure to demonstrate they are running services efficiently and meeting patient needs. …