King's College Hospital

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King's College Hospital, Ruskin Wing

King's College Hospital first opened in 1840 close to Lincoln's Inn Fields and within two years was treating 1290 inpatients in 120 beds.

In 1913 King's moved to its present building and site at Denmark Hill. It had taken an Act of Parliament nine years earlier to achieve this. Demographic changes in the centre of London had seen a decrease in the numbers of patients in that area and an increase of patients from further afield - notably Camberwell, Peckham and Brixton which were then suburbs on the outskirts of London. The move to Denmark Hill provided the Hospital with a greenfield-site nearer to its patients.

Ambulance entrance
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Ambulance entrance

The link with the Medical School was established with the creation of the hospital. The Medical School had in fact been founded in 1829. By 1923 the Dental School had also been added to King's College London.

When the National Health Service was created after the Second World War, in 1948, the hospital was granted Teaching Hospital status. In 1974 the NHS re-organisation saw King's become the centre for all health services management in its catchment area.

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