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Royal London Hospital

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Part of the front of the Royal London Hospital

The Royal London Hospital, formerly the London Hospital, is a major teaching hospital in Whitechapel, London. It is part of the Barts and the London NHS Trust, alongside St Bartholomew's Hospital ("Barts"), which is a couple of miles away. The Royal London provides district general hospital services for the City and Tower Hamlets and specialist tertiary care services for patients from across London and elsewhere. It is also the base for the HEMS helicopter ambulance service, operating out of a specially rebuilt roof area.

The medical college at the hospital, the first in England and Wales, was founded in 1785. It amalgamated in 1995 with that of Barts, under the aegis of Queen Mary, University of London, to become Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry.

In March 2005 planning permission was granted for a major redevelopment and expansion of the Royal London. Work on the £1.2 billion project is expected to start in late 2005. After the completion of the project the hospital will have Londonís leading trauma and emergency care centre, Europeís largest renal service and the capitalís second biggest paediatric service. Barts is also undergoing redevelopment and will become a cancer and cardiac centre of excellence.

Joseph Merrick, known as the "Elephant Man", spent the last few years of life at the Royal London and his bones are kept at the hospital.

Museum and Archives

The Royal London has a museum which is located in the crypt of a 19th century church. It reopened to the public in 2002 after extensive refurbishment and is open to the public free of charge. The museum cover the history of the hospital since its foundation in 1740 and the wider history of medicine in the East End. It includes works of art, surgical instruments, medical and nursing equipment, uniforms, medals, documents and books. There is a forensic medicine section which includes original material on the Jack the Ripper and Dr Crippen murders.

The Royal London's Archives contain document dating back to 1740, including complete patient records since 1883.

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