St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital is located in the City of London, close to St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a centre of excellence for cardiac and cancer care.

The hospital provides a number of additional services including endocrinologyfertilitythoracics and a minor injuries unit.

There is no A&E. Instead, please go to University College Hospital or The Royal London Hospital.

St Bartholomew's Hospital is rated 'good' by the Care Quality Commission. It is the oldest working hospital in the country and will celebrate its 900th anniversary in 2023.

Travel and parking

Hospital address

St Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield
London
EC1A 7BE

Getting here

You can travel to the hospital in a number of ways including on foot, by car, by bike or by public transport. We also provide a patient transport service.

By bus

The following buses stop outside or close to the hospital: 4, 8, 17, 25 (24 hour service), 45 46, 56, 63, 76, 100, 153, 172, 242 (24 hour service) and 521 (Mondays to Fridays only) as well as night buses N8, N63 and N76.

Low-floor wheelchair accessible buses run on all routes serving St Bartholomew's Hospital.

By tube

The closest underground stations are Barbican, Blackfriars, Farringdon, Moorgate and St Paul's.

By train

The nearest National Rail stations are Blackfriars, Cannon Street, City Thameslink, Moorgate and Farringdon. Liverpool Street station is a 17 minute walk or a short tube, bus or taxi ride away.

By bike

We encourage visitors, staff and patients living nearby to cycle to the hospital where possible. Cycle parking facilities are available around the hospital.

By car or taxi

There is no public parking at the hospital. If you do need to drive, the Rotunda multi-storey public car park is close to the hospital in West Smithfield. NCP Aldersgate multi-storey is also nearby.

St Bartholomew's Hospital operates a one-way system with drop-off and pick up at three designated laybys, with a maximum stay of 10 minutes. You can access the drop off point from Giltspur Street and exit onto King Edward Street.

Infopoints at the hospital allow you to make free calls to taxi companies to arrange your journey home. There is an infopoint located at the main entrance on King Edward Street. There are additional infopoints at the exit of Clinic 2, at the patient transport lounge by Clinic 3 and by the discharge lounge outside ward 4A.

Blue Badge holders

There are a small number of parking bays for Blue Badge holders. These are accessed via Giltspur Street. Drivers who are registered disabled and have a Blue Badge can also check where to park at on the City of London Corporation website.

Charging zones

St Bartholomew's Hospital is situated within the congestion charge zone and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

Refunds of hospital transport costs 

You may be able to claim a refund for the cost of your transport to hospital through the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) if you:

  • are not eligible for patient transport services (PTS)
  • cannot afford the cost of travelling to hospital
  • cannot get a friend or relative to take you

Patient transport

Please contact our call centre on 020 7767 3344 to request patient transport. Lines are open Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 8pm for bookings, and 24/7 for general queries.

Finding your way around

Our services are provided in a number of buildings which you can view on the map below.

Download a map of St Bartholomew's Hospital

View AccessAble guides and routes

An indepdent hospital run by the charity Nuffield Health is also located on the hospital campus.

Shops, cafes and other services

Shops

The Guild Shop can be found on the ground floor of the KGV building. It sells toiletries, confectionery, newspapers and magazines, cards and hospital souvenirs. The shop is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4pm. The shop is run by volunteers from the Barts Guild. Opening hours may be subject to change.

Restaurant and coffee shop

Light refreshments are available from the coffee shop in the basement of the KGV building. There is also a restaurant on the second floor of KGV, which serves hot food.

Wifi

Free wifi is available throughout the hospital. If you encounter any problems, please call the 24/7 helpdesk on 0344 848 9555.

Hospital Radio

Barts Hospital Radio is free and provides programs of entertainment, music, and news: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Overnight accommodation

James Hora Home at The Royal London Hospital provides accommodation for relatives and carers of critical care and surgical patients. The home also accommodates patients who may find it difficult to make regular visits to St  Bartholomew’s Hospital for treatment.

The home has space for up to 26 guests. Please speak to a member of the ward/clinic staff about a referral to stay in James Hora Home or contact them on 078 8055 3525. Please note, direct bookings cannot be made.

Post box

A post box can be found at the Henry VIII Gatehouse entrance.

Chaplaincy

Chaplains of many faiths are available to speak to all patients, relatives and carers. Information about your religious preference will be passed to the chaplaincy.

Museum and Archives 

Set in the historic North Wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history.

The archives, based in the Kenton and Lucas block, hold documents dating back to 1137.

Find out more about museum and archive services at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Visiting a patient

We're welcoming visitors to St Bartholomew's Hospital. Before you arrive, please read the following guidance:

Contact the ward

Guidance may differ in some parts of the hospital to keep people safe, including areas caring for vulnerable patients. Wards may also have set visiting times and protected mealtimes.

Please check with the ward beforehand. Contact details can be found on this page.

Keeping you safe

All visitors must:

  • Wear a surgical face mask unless you have a medical exemption or are under 11 years old. You will be provided with one at the front door

  • Use the hand gel provided

  • Wash your hands regularly

Do not visit if:

  • You have Covid-19 symptoms or have tested positive
  • You've recently been in close contact with someone who's tested positive for Covid-19
  • You have any respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, sneezing or sore throat
  • You've been sick or have diarrhoea

Children and young people

Visitors must be aged 12 or over. Some exceptions apply such as for patients at the end of life. Please speak to the ward or department you are visiting.

We are unable to accommodate overnight visits.

Ward and department contact numbers

If you are having trouble contacting an area of the hospital, please try our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 020 3465 5919.

Ward and department contact numbers

Ward or department Telephone number
Hospital switchboard 020 7377 7000
Radiotherapy reception

0203 465 5222

0203 465 6222

Nucleur medicine reception

0203 465 5900

0203 465 5767

Clinic 1 0203 465 6467
Clinic 2

0203 465 5665

0203 465 5664

Clinic 3 0203 765 8154
1C (intensive care unit)

0203 765 8344

0203 465 8038

0203 465 8341

1D (high dependency unit)

0203 765 8327

0203 765 8028

1E (intensive care unit)

0203 765 8013

2nd floor clinic 4 reception (cystic fibrosis patients only) 0203 465 6565
2nd floor clinic 5 reception

0207 480 4899

2nd floor cardiac MRI reception

0203 465 6113

0203 465 6335

Cath lab reception 0203 465 8065
Radial lounge (3C) 0203 465 6387
0203 765 8061
3A West (cardiac services)

0203 465 6537

0203 465 6530

3A East (cardiac services)

0203 465 5411

0203 465 5416

0203 465 6849

0203 465 5447

3D (cardiac inpatients) 0203 465 6526
3D (cardiac day unit) 0203 465 6528
4A (cardiothoaracics and endocrinology)

0203 765 8106

0203 765 6867

4B (cardiothoaracics and endocrinology)

0203 465 6366

0203 465 6364

4C (respiratory and cystic fibrosis)

0203 465 6586

4D (respiratory and cystic fibrosis)

0203 765 8076

0203 765 8376

4E (cystic fibrosis patients only)

0203 765 8088

5A (cancer services)

0203 465 6567

0203 465 5553

5B (cancer services)

0203 465 6551

0203 465 5567

0203 465 5552

5C (cancer services)

0203 465 5508

0203 765 6500

5D (cancer services)

0203 465 5346

0203 465 6346

6A (intensive care unit)

020 346 55915

6C (intensive care unit)

020 3465 6886

6D (cancer and cardiac services)

020 3465 6545 

020 3465 5545

7A (cancer services)

0203 465 6789

0203 465 6786