King’s College Hospital Charity strives to make a difference to patients and their loved ones at our hospitals by supporting developments that go above and beyond what the NHS provides. Our aim is to assist in the delivery of a better experience and better results for the people who come to us in a time of need.
The difference we make
Some tremendous improvements have been achieved at King’s thanks to the Charity and its supporters:
- When King’s helipad opened, thanks to charitable support, it reduced the time taken to transfer our most critically ill patients from 25 minutes to five minutes. Over 200 patients are delivered to King’s by air each year.
- Strengthening King’s pioneering Volunteering Programme that enables patients to benefit from the services delivered by 600 volunteers each year.
- The Mowat Labs, which carry out research into children’s liver disease and acute liver failure, were funded entirely by charitable donations and we continue to provide funding for PhD students as well as purchasing some of the most advanced equipment available to further support their research.
- Refurbishing the children’s Emergency Department at Denmark Hill to create an environment that is welcoming, stimulating and, at the same time, calming for the acutely ill children that come through the department’s doors.
- Funding research and cutting edge facilities to ensure more than 40,000 patients receive the very best care and treatment for brain tumours and brain injury.
- Purchasing cutting edge technology to help surgeons operate more precisely, including a surgical microscope that will increase success rates for patients having liver transplants.
- Support research into treatments for blood cancers, making a difference to over 10,000 patients.
“Our work with King’s College Hospital Charity is a perfect example of collaboration in action. Thanks to the generosity of the Charity’s supporters, they are making a vital contribution in helping to ensure that King’s remains a leader of medical innovations and one of the very best local and national centres of excellence in critical care and specialist treatments.”
We are also supporting the new Critical Care Centre currently being developed at Denmark Hill with £2.6 million funding. The new centre will significantly increase our capacity and be the centre-piece of one of the most ambitious intensive care services in the UK. Our support will provide important innovations and patient-designed features. These include the world’s first outdoor critical care facility that has piped oxygen and life support capacity as well as a partially covered roof top garden with natural light and views over the neighbouring park. New bedside technology will play a major role in reducing social isolation, reconnecting patients with the outside world.
In 2017-18, on top of the support for the new Critical Care Centre, we invested more than £1.9 million in research, service transformation, enhancing patient experience and supporting staff.