Guy’s Hospital

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Guy’s Hospital

 
Guy’s is a teach­ing hos­pi­tal locat­ed at Great Maze Pond, South­wark, found­ed in 1721 by Thomas Guy (c.1645–1724), MP, bible pub­lish­er and retail­er, stock spec­u­la­tor and gov­er­nor of St Thomas’ Hos­pi­tal. He amassed an immense for­tune in 1720 by spec­u­la­tions in South Sea Stock and gave £238,295 to found and endow the hos­pi­tal.

As Guy’s expand­ed from its orig­i­nal 60 beds for incur­ables into a major hos­pi­tal, it retained close links with St Thomas’, par­tic­u­lar­ly through the joint med­ical school that the hos­pi­tals shared. The schools sep­a­rat­ed in 1825 and were reunit­ed as the Unit­ed Med­ical and Den­tal Schools in 1982.

In July 2004 Guy’s and St Thomas’ com­bined to form one of the UK’s first NHS foun­da­tion trusts.
 
Guys Hospital gate