News from The Royal London Hospital

Tributes paid to The Queen

The Barts Health family have been paying tribute to The Queen, following her death on Thursday 8 September 2022.

Group chief executive Shane DeGaris said: “It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of The Queen. Her Majesty was patron of The Royal London Hospital since 1990 and we were honoured to welcome her to many of our hospitals over the years. We send our heartfelt condolences to the King and the whole of The Royal Family."

Elsewhere, we have been remembering the number of occasions when Her Majesty visited our hospitals and met with our hardworking staff, and the shining example of public service that she set.

Everyone at @NewhamHospital is incredibly saddened by the passing of The Queen. Her Majesty opened our hospital nearly 40 years ago, taking the time to meet members of staff.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family.

— Simon Ashton (@S_AshtonNHS) September 9, 2022

Her Majesty’s patronage was a great source of pride for us, as the London Hospital became the Royal London Hospital in 1990, on through her many visits to staff & patients, to her recent opening of the Queen Elizabeth Unit. We remember her dignity and great service with gratitude

— Neil Ashman (@NeilAshman9) September 9, 2022

St Bartholomew's chief executive Charles Knight said: "All of us at @BartsHospital are profoundly saddened at the passing of The Queen. Her Majesty visited the Royal Hospital of St Bartholomew on many occasions, including during our 850th birthday celebrations, half a century ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family."

Whilst Whipps Cross chief executive Ralph Coulbeck tweeted to say: "The Queen provided a shining example of public service to everybody in the NHS and all our staff here at Whipps Cross Hospital. We are greatly saddened by her loss and send sincere condolences to the royal family."

A book of condolence has opened online for those wishing to pay their respects.

What this means for you

All of our hospitals remain open at this time. If you have an appointment at one of our hospitals, please do still attend, or if you are unable to, please let your clinical team know.

During this period of mourning, we will not be sending out our usual newsletters and will be quieter on our social media channels, but will continue to monitor and reply to any direct messages we receive as appropriate.

We have also made the decision to move our public board meeting to a later date. We will update our website with the details of the new date and time once they are confirmed.

Our hospitals

For more information on our hospitals and the services we provide, please visit the relevant website below.


Going for gold at The Royal London


World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1-7 August, and it aims to raise awareness about breastfeeding and its advantages.

The Royal London Hospital has been an UNICEF UK baby friendly accredited hospital since 2012 and is working towards becoming gold accredited this October.

Baby friendly hospitals support mothers and babies to stay together in the immediate post-birth period, helping to get their relationship off to a good start. The Royal London empowers parents of sick or preterm babies to take an active part in their care on the neonatal unit and puts mothers and families at the heart of care.

Tower Hamlets Public Health recognised that The Royal London Hospital and Tower Hamlets community needed the baby friendly programme, to increase breastfeeding rates and reduce health inequality in the borough. Public Health commissioned teams at the hospital and in the community to start these projects in 2004. After three stages of assessment, The Royal London became accredited in 2012.

Baby friendly coordinator, Saira Salahuddin said: “The programme supports maternity, neonatal, health visiting and children’s centre services to transform their care. It also works with universities so that their maternity students have the strong foundation of knowledge needed to support families.

“The prestigious baby friendly award is a nationally recognised mark of quality care and the maternity service at The Royal London is now ready to work towards the highest baby friendly standard – the Gold award.

“We have been working for a long time to implement and maintain this accreditation. The gold award means all staff will have ownership of the baby friendly initiative and the hospital will have a baby friendly guardian, who will oversee and nurture this.”  

Public Health commissioned another service called Tower Hamlets baby feeding service to increase breastfeeding rates in the borough. This helped Tower Hamlets become the first borough in London to become baby friendly in both hospital and community.

The quality of breastfeeding support in Tower Hamlets was recognised by the Government in the 2021 budget as an example of best practice, with the borough now having the highest rate of breastfeeding in the country in babies aged 6-8 weeks.

A mother who gave birth at The Royal London said: “I had lovely care by The Royal London Hospital maternity team, all staff were so supportive and helped me throughout my delivery, to postnatal time in the hospital.

“My baby was not very well after he has born, but the neonatologist and the staff on postnatal ward gave me all support towards my baby’s feeding.”

The maternity services at Whipps Cross and Newham hospitals are working towards achieving baby friendly accreditation.

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Just the wicket

School boy cricket player Mohammed Jawad Iqbal praises staff at The Royal London Hospital for the care he received after injuring his eye.

16 year-old Mohammed, who lives in East Ham with his family, was involved in an accident whilst playing cricket at school on 6 May 2022.

Mohammed was rushed to The Royal London to undergo emergency surgery, after a collision during a match that caused a fracture to his eye socket and damage to the muscles around his eye. 

He said: “The operation was so quick; it was over in less than an hour. The operation itself went really nicely, and the staff were very friendly too.

“I was surprised how quickly it all happened; I was discharged the same day.”

After his operation, Mohammed attended two further follow up appointments to check his progress and ensure his eye was recovering as it should. He shared how impressed he was with everyone he met during his visits to hospital.

“The staff were all very nice at follow up appointments. I would like to tell other people how good my experience was at The Royal London Hospital and if someone needs to visit a hospital, I recommend this one.”

Mohammed’s eye is now fully recovered and he is excited to return to the cricket field when he goes back to school in September.