St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's is an internationally renowned hospital in the City of London, close to St Paul’s cathedral. It is a centre of excellence for both cardiac and cancer care.

Barts Heart Centre is Europe’s largest specialised cardiac service.

Barts Cancer Centre has a global reputation for treating common and rare cancers.

Alongside cardiac and cancer care, the hospital also provides fertility services.

There is no A&E at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Instead, please go to University College Hospital near Euston or The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

St Bartholomew's will be 900 years old in 2023. Find out how we plan to celebrate this special anniversary.

St Bartholomew's Hospital is rated 'good'

St Bartholomew's Hospital is rated 'good' by the Care Quality Commission.

St Bartholomew's CQC result

Visiting and family contact centre

To ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, communities and staff, we are currently welcoming small numbers of visitors into our hospitals. As cases continue to rise in the community, we are maintaining all of the safety measures that we have had in place over the course of the pandemic after lockdown restrictions ease across England on 19 July 2021.

Patients who have been in hospital for a week are welcome to have one visitor per day. For patients at the end of life, up to four visitors can come to the hospital.

All visitors must request a permission letter from the ward manager and show a negative lateral flow test result on arrival. To request a lateral flow test, visit the NHS website.

Please follow our infection control rules at all times, including by wearing a surgical face mask, keeping your distance, and washing or disinfecting your hands regularly.

We're screening all visitors for Covid-19 symptoms at the front door. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please don't come to hospital.

Please remember our staff are very busy. However, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

To help you keep in touch with how your family member is during long stays with us, we have a dedicated family contact centre.

Please note that the family contact centre service is only available for adult critical care unit (ACCU) patients.

We are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm.

Phone us: 020 3465 6883

Email us

How to find us

St Bartholomew's Hospital

West Smithfield 

Switchboard telephone number

020 7377 7000

The contact numbers and visiting hours for our wards can be found further down this page.

If you are having trouble contacting a department, you can also try our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 020 3465 5919.

Getting here

St Bartholomew's Hospital is located in the City of London, close to St Paul’s Cathedral.

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

Plan your journey using the Transport for London (TfL) journey planner or through the travel information below.

TfL can offer advice on planning a journey using an accessible route and can provide a mentor to come with you for your first few journeys to help you gain confidence and become an independent traveller. To find out more complete TfL’s online form.

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-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. All stations are between 6 and 15 minutes’ walk from St Bartholomew's Hospital.

Barbican and Farringdon are served by the Hammersmith and City Line, Metropolitan Line and Circle Line. Blackfriars is served by the Circle line and District Line. Moorgate is served by the Northern Line. St Paul's is served by the Central Line.

By train

The nearest National Rail stations are Blackfriars, Cannon Street, City Thameslink, Moorgate and Farringdon. All stations are between 6 and 15 minutes’ walk away.

Liverpool Street station is a 17 minute walk or a short tube, bus or taxi ride away.

Freedom passes

The Older Persons Freedom Pass allows free travel across London and free local bus journeys nationally.

The Disabled Persons Freedom Pass allows free travel across London and free bus journeys nationally. You can use your pass on most journeys across London but there are a few exceptions to when and where you can use your card.

A 60+ London Oyster photocard allows you to travel free on public transport in London from the age of 60 until you qualify for a Freedom Pass. To be eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard, you must live in a London borough and be aged 60 or over.

To find out more about the above listed Freedom passes, visit the London Councils website.

By car or taxi

There is no public parking at the hospital so we encourage patients and visitors not to travel by car where this is possible.

If you do need to drive, the Rotunda multi-storey public car park is close to the hospital on West Smithfield, which is run by the City of LondonNCP Aldersgate Multi-Storey is also located close to the site.

St Bartholomew's Hospital operates a one-way system and allows for drop off and pick up with 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 and public transport information lines to arrange your journey home.

There is an infopoint located at the main entrance of the King George V building on King Edward Street. There are additional infopoints at the exit of Clinic 2, at the patient transport lounge by Clinic 3 and there will soon be a further infopoint by the discharge lounge outside Ward 4A.

Blue badge holders

There are a small number of parking bays for drivers with Blue Badges on site, these are accessed via Giltspur Street. As a patient or visitor, you may be aware aware of the redevelopment taking place at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Due to this redevelopment, several of the disabled parking bays located in Bartholomew Close have been taken out of use. We apologise for this inconvenience to our patients and visitors.

Drivers who are registered disabled and have a Blue Badge can also check where to park at on the City of London Corporation website.

Congestion Charge Zone

St Bartholomew's Hospital is situated within the congestion charging zone. All patients and visitors who drive to the hospital are therefore required to pay the charge, although there are some exemptions and discounts. These include:

  • those with disabilities who hold a blue badge
  • residents living within the congestion charging zone
  • drivers of alternative fuel vehicles

A full list of categories of drivers and vehicles eligible for exemptions and details of how to pay the charge can be found on the Transport for London congestion charging website.

To qualify for an exemption or discount, you must register with Transport for London.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

From 8 April 2019 the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will operate in central London, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, in the same area as the Congestion Charging Zone.

If you drive to St Bartholomew's Hospital, use Transport for London’s online vehicle checker to see if you will be affected.Visit the Transport for London website.

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

Refer to Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) for more information on who is eligible, what the conditions are and how you can access the scheme.

By bike

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

There are several cycle routes in the area surrounding the hospital including Cycle Superhighway 6 (CS6), which runs between Elephant and Castle and King's Cross.

A journey planner can be found on the London Cycling Campaign website. Routes are also available on popular travel apps and websites such as Google Maps, Apple Maps and Citymapper.

Santander cycles are available to hire and dock from near St Bartholomew's Hospital at:

  • West Smithfield Rotunda, Farringdon (outside the King Henry VIII Gatehouse Entrance)
  • King Edward Street, St Paul's (outside the King George V building entrance)

Barts Heart Centre

Barts Heart Centre

Barts Heart Centre is Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular unit, covering a population of around six million people.

With state-of-the-art facilities including 10 theatres, 10 cath labs and more than 300 general, cardiac and critical care beds, the centre aspires to perform more heart surgery, MRI and CT scans than any other service in the world.

Heart attack centre

A heart attack is a serious event and receiving specialist treatment as soon as possible greatly improves survival. The heart attack centre provides dedicated emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ambulance crews are trained to recognise the signs of a heart attack and to bring the patient directly to the heart attack centre instead of an emergency department. This may mean that ambulance crews bypass hospitals that might be nearer, but this is to ensure the correct treatment is available as quickly as possible.

Barts Cancer Centre

Barts Cancer Centre is the second biggest of its kind in London and provides cancer services to more than 1.5 million people from across east London, the south and east of England.

As well as offering the latest minimally invasive surgical procedures, cancer drugs, stem cell and gene therapies, the centre has an impressive array of cutting-edge imaging, radiotherapy and radio surgery technology. 

Patients at Barts Cancer Centre are offered access to leading research and clinical trials.

Our facilities

State-of-the-art facilities

The hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities includes 23 wards, 10 theatres, 10 catheter labs, a 306 inpatient bed capacity with 55 critical care beds and accommodation for 135 day cases, all supported by more than 2,500 staff and partners.

The hospital has a spacious layout designed around the needs of patients and staff. Forty per cent of the beds are large en-suite single rooms; the remainder are spacious two and four bedded bays.

The environment is designed to reduce noise and the temperature is controlled by ventilated fresh air that is specially treated before it enters the building to reduce the risk of airborne infection.

St Bartholomew’s has received the Macmillan Quality and Environment Mark for chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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 that direct bookings cannot be made.


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.

If you do not wish this to happen, please inform a member of staff.


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-Friday, 8.30am-4pm.

The shop is run by volunteers from the Barts Guild. Opening hours may be subject to change.

Post box

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

Restaurant and coffee shop

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


Free wifi is available throughout the hospital. There’s no time limit on use and capacity has been expanded in order to ensure continuous access for as many users as possible.

Please note that the wifi cannot support streaming movies or high-intensity computer games.

The wifi can be accessed by completing the following steps:

  • Connect to the NHS wifi wireless network
  • Open your web browser
  • From the welcome page, accept the terms and conditions
  • Browse the internet and send and receive emails

If you encounter any problems, please call the 24/7 helpdesk on 0344 848 9555.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital 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, also based in the North Wing, hold documents dating back to 1137, available for research.

Find out more about the museum and archives at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Ward and department contact numbers


Area/service Telephone number
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

0203 765 8344

0203 465 8038

0203 465 8341


0203 765 8327

0203 765 8028


0203 765 8320

0203 765 8013

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

0203 465 5855

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

0203 465 6537

0203 465 6530

3A East

0203 465 5411

0203 465 5416

0203 465 6849

0203 465 5447

3D (inpatient) 0203 465 6526
3D (day unit) 0203 465 6528

0203 765 8106

0203 765 8107


0203 465 6366

0203 465 6364

0203 765 8110


0203 465 6586

0203 465 6585


0203 765 8076

0203 765 8376

4E (cystic fibrosis patients only)

0203 765 8088

0203 765 8388


0203 465 6567

0203 465 5553


0203 465 6551

0203 465 5567

0203 465 5552


0203 465 5508

0203 765 6500


0203 465 5346

0203 465 6346


0203 465 6883


020 3465 6886


020 3465 6545 

020 3465 5545


0203 465 6789

0203 465 6786