A brief history of St George’s

St George’s, University of London has a long and fascinating history beginning over 250 years ago, when St George’s hospital opened in Lanesborough House at Hyde Park Corner. The hospital began registering apprentice doctors in 1751.

The Lanesborough House building was ultimately demolished and construction of a new 350-bed hospital began in 1827. St George’s Medical School was established just a few years later in 1834, and it was incorporated into the hospital in 1868.


In 1915, St George’s became the first university in London to admit female students during World War One, and during the Second World War, it became a unit of the Emergency Hospital Service, providing beds for war casualties and sick civilians.


When the NHS was introduced in 1948, plans for a new site for St George’s in Tooting were agreed. In 1954, the Grove Hospital became part of St George’s and clinical teaching began in Tooting.


Building on the new site started in 1973, with the Medical School opening in Tooting three years later. St George’s hospital’s site at Hyde Park Corner closed its doors in 1980.


In 1995, St George’s and Kingston University established the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, offering courses in nursing, midwifery and radiography (physiotherapy?).


Five years later in 2000, St George’s became the first institution in the UK to launch the four-year fast-track Graduate Entry Medicine programme, opening applications up to graduates in any discipline.


In 2011, St George’s formed the INTO St George’s partnership offering courses and support to international students of Medicine and Biomedical Science.


Our alumni (Needs photos and more recent alumni profiles)

Edward Jenner: A student of St George’s between 1770 and 1774, Jenner studied under John Hunter and went on to pioneer the smallpox vaccine. He is known as ‘the father of immunology’ and his work is said to have saved more lives than the work of any other human.

Henry Gray: Best known for publishing the textbook of human anatomy known as Gray’s Anatomy, Gray entered St George’s as a student in 1842. Gray’s Anatomy continues to be used by medical students today, with its most recent edition published in September 2015.

Patrick Steptoe: After his graduation from St George’s in 1939, Steptoe went on to become a pioneer of fertility treatment, developing in vitro fertilization which led to the birth of the first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, in 1978.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 April 2016 12:16