148.65m, 40+, 18%

Great Maze Pond, London – next to London Bridge station.

The Guy’s Tower of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS – the tallest hospital in the world, 148.65 meters with the new light sculpture “aerolux” on the roof by german artist Carsten Nicolai included. Opened more than 40 years ago in 1974, it is a landmark in the London skyline.
After a 
£40 million programme of repairs and environmental improvements in 2014 the hospital regained the title. And the new windows and façade in energy efficient aluminium save 18% of the Tower’s energy consumption.
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Number 2 with 148.5 meters: Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital
Number 3 with 145.3 meters: Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston
Number 4 with 137 meters: Queen Mary Hospital Hong Kong
Number 5 with 134 meters: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago 

Back to London – some facts:
– More than 2 million patient contacts each year
– total 13’500 employees
– 288 beds at Guy’s and 665 beds at St Thomas’
– 39 operation theatres (without Evelina London Children’s Hospital)
– 263 dental chairs (it’s the largest dental hospital in Europe)
– total income 1’191.94 (Guy’s and St Thomas’ has the largest income of any Foundation Trust in the NHS)
– 53% emergency, 47% elective

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rticle-images-bff68178692e_jpg The hospital, next to The Shard (310 meters)

Isn’t that quite impressive for a hospital opened in 1974? To me it is a powerhouse of healthcare engagement.
2 minutes video about the quality story
5 minutes video about “patients first”

From a Switzerland point of view – this is huge. No doubt an outstanding hospital. But there is more out there, my quest continues. Fantastic achievements – Guy’s and St Thomas’!

Maurice Codourey

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