Why we need your help

Why we need your help

King’s College Hospital is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, with nearly 7,000 staff caring for around one million patients each year.

King’s is recognised internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, heart and brain surgery, blood cancers (such as leukaemia), stroke and major trauma.

We are one of four major trauma units in the Southeast with over 400 patients visiting our accident and emergency department each day. You may have seen what we do on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in A&E. From road traffic accidents and violent assaults to minor injuries, our highly skilled team need to be ready for whatever comes through the door.

Your donations help us to achieve this.

Speed is crucial in A&E. Patients suffering from major trauma or a stroke need to be treated immediately. Any delay can have a negative impact on survival and recovery.

So we raised £1.5 million to buy a new CT scanner for the A&E department.  It’s the fastest scanner in Europe, completing a full body scan in 15 seconds, compared to the usual 10 to 30 minutes.

As Superintendent Radiographer Kara Hollings at King’s College Hospital, says, ’The difference between a good quality of life and a poor one, especially in stroke cases, is the speed of radiography.’

The CT scanner is just one example of how generous donations continue to help us go above and beyond in the care we provide.

All gifts fund projects that work towards improving every aspect of patient care, by speeding up diagnosis and enhancing treatment across a range of conditions.

It means we can go above and beyond in the care we provide every day. Read about our supporters to find out more.