St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital is located in the City of London, close to St Paul’s Cathedral. It is a centre of excellence for cardiac and cancer care.

The hospital provides a number of additional services including endocrinologyfertilitythoracics and a minor injuries unit.

There is no A&E. Instead, please go to University College Hospital or The Royal London Hospital.

St Bartholomew's Hospital is rated 'good' by the Care Quality Commission. It is the oldest working hospital in the country and will celebrate its 900th anniversary in 2023.

Travel and parking

Hospital address

St Bartholomew's Hospital
West Smithfield

Getting here

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

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 to 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.

By train

The nearest National Rail stations are Blackfriars, Cannon Street, City Thameslink, Moorgate and Farringdon. Liverpool Street station is a 17 minute walk or a short tube, bus or taxi ride away.

By bike

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

By car or taxi

There is no public parking at the hospital. If you do need to drive, the Rotunda multi-storey public car park is close to the hospital in West Smithfield. NCP Aldersgate multi-storey is also nearby.

St Bartholomew's Hospital operates a one-way system with drop-off and pick up at 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 to arrange your journey home. There is an infopoint located at the main entrance on King Edward Street. There are additional infopoints at the exit of Clinic 2, at the patient transport lounge by Clinic 3 and by the discharge lounge outside ward 4A.

Blue Badge holders

There are a small number of parking bays for Blue Badge holders. These are accessed via Giltspur Street. Drivers who are registered disabled and have a Blue Badge can also check where to park at on the City of London Corporation website.

Charging zones

St Bartholomew's Hospital is situated within the congestion charge zone and the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

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

Patient transport

Please contact our call centre on 020 7767 3344 to request patient transport. Lines are open Monday to Saturday, between 7am and 8pm for bookings, and 24/7 for general queries.

Finding your way around

St Bartholomew’s Hospital has a spacious layout designed around the needs of patients and staff. Services are provided in a number of different buildings which you can view on the map below.

Download a map of St Bartholomew's Hospital

View AccessAble guides and routes

Shops, cafes and other services


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 to Friday, 8.30am to 4pm. The shop is run by volunteers from the Barts Guild. Opening hours may be subject to change.

Restaurant and coffee shop

Light refreshments are available from the coffee shop in the basement 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. If you encounter any problems, please call the 24/7 helpdesk on 0344 848 9555.

Hospital Radio

Barts Hospital Radio is free and provides programs of entertainment, music, and news: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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, direct bookings cannot be made.

Post box

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


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.

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, based in the Kenton and Lucas block, hold documents dating back to 1137.

Find out more about museum and archive services at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Ward and department contact numbers

If you are having trouble contacting an area of the hospital, please try our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 020 3465 5919.

Ward and department contact numbers

Ward or department Telephone number
Hospital switchboard 020 7377 7000
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
1C (intensive care unit)

0203 765 8344

0203 465 8038

0203 465 8341

1D (high dependency unit)

0203 765 8327

0203 765 8028

1E (intensive care unit)

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 (cardiac services)

0203 465 6537

0203 465 6530

3A East (cardiac services)

0203 465 5411

0203 465 5416

0203 465 6849

0203 465 5447

3D (cardiac inpatients) 0203 465 6526
3D (cardiac day unit) 0203 465 6528
4A (cardiothoaracics and endocrinology)

0203 765 8106

0203 765 8107

4B (cardiothoaracics and endocrinology)

0203 465 6366

0203 465 6364

0203 765 8110

4C (respiratory and cystic fibrosis)

0203 465 6586

0203 465 6585

4D (respiratory and cystic fibrosis)

0203 765 8076

0203 765 8376

4E (cystic fibrosis patients only)

0203 765 8088

0203 765 8388

5A (cancer services)

0203 465 6567

0203 465 5553

5B (cancer services)

0203 465 6551

0203 465 5567

0203 465 5552

5C (cancer services)

0203 465 5508

0203 765 6500

5D (cancer services)

0203 465 5346

0203 465 6346

6A (intensive care unit)

0203 465 6883

6C (intensive care unit)

020 3465 6886

6D (cancer and cardiac services)

020 3465 6545 

020 3465 5545

7A (cancer services)

0203 465 6789

0203 465 6786

Visiting and attending St Bartholomew's Hospital with a loved one

Please note this information is relevant as of 1.4.2022

The health and wellbeing of our patients and staff continues to be our top priority. Therefore, we are currently limiting the number patient visitors in our hospitals can have.

We are regularly reviewing and adapting our guidance, so please note this information is subject to change at short notice. To keep up to date with our visitor guidelines, please continue to check this page.

Our staff are working hard to keep everyone safe and so we ask that you treat them with kindness and respect when visiting our hospital.

Your safety when visiting our hospitals

All visitors coming to our hospital to visit a loved one must:

  • Wear a surgical face mask unless you have a medical exemption or are under 11 years old. Other face coverings are not permitted. When you arrive at our hospital you will be provided with a surgical mask to wear at all times.
  • Use the hand gel provided
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Maintain social distancing

What to expect on arrival

When you arrive at our hospital, it is likely you will be asked questions about why you’re visiting the hospital, who you are visiting and if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.

If you feel unwell or have Covid-19 symptoms

You must not visit our hospital if you have any Covid-19, cold or flu like symptoms, or if you feel unwell.    

Booking a visit

Visitors are required to arrange their visit in advance with the manager of the ward their loved one is on. If the visit is agreed, the ward manager will issue the visitor with the following:

  1. Visiting permission letter OR a visiting permission letter for an end-of-life visit
  2. AND visiting information sheet 

To speak to the ward, you can call the switchboard on 020 7377 7000 or click on the ward and department contact numbers drop down on this page.

On arrival to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, all visitors will need to enter via the main entrance (King George V). Visitors will need to provide a copy of the visitor permission letter, confirming that they have been approved for a visit on that specific date.

Our visiting guidance for inpatients (people staying in hospital)

Patients who are listed below are welcome to have one visitor per patient per day:

  • Patients who have been in hospital for a week
  • Acute and emergency admissions
  • Patients on the compassionate care pathway
  • Patients requiring difficult treatment decisions or with complex conditions
  • Patients with cognitive impairments/ learning disabilities and adolescents
  • Fragile (multi-morbid patients with 1 or more acute insults)
  • Visited to be considered prior to discharge where deemed necessary.

If there are also visitors who may need support when they visit, this number can be increased to two. Visits should be limited to a maximum of two hours per occasion. To find out if your loved one is able to have a visitor, please follow the information above in the ‘booking a visit’ section.

Our visiting guidance for people receiving end-of-life care

Patients receiving end-of-life care can have up to a maximum of four visitors in a day. Visitors are allowed to visit as often as required in agreement with the ward manager on a case by case basis.

Our visiting guidance for outpatient appointments

We encourage patients not to bring someone with them unless absolutely necessary. People attending for outpatient appointments can still bring a chaperone or carer if needed.

Bringing someone with you when you come to visit

Unfortunately, we can only allow one visitor per patient per day at our hospital, unless they are receiving end-of-life care (see above). If there are visitors who may need support when they visit, this number can be increased to two.

Visiting a loved one on a Covid-19 ward   

We are allowing one visitor per person per day in our Covid-19 wards. Like all visitors to our hospital, anyone visiting a loved one on a ward with Covid-19 positive patients must have proof of a negative lateral flow test upon arrival at the hospital and must wear a surgical face covering provided to them at the hospital entrance.  Before entering the ward, you will also be asked to put on personal protective equipment, namely an apron, gloves and a face shield, in addition to your surgical face mask. 

Please note that entering a ward with patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 poses a risk of contracting the virus. Before coming to visit a loved one in one of these wards or areas (including intensive care), please consider, especially if you are vulnerable or have an underlying health condition, if it is safe for you, and your family and friends, for you to do so.

More information and keeping up to date

To help you keep in touch with how your family member is during long stays with us, we have a dedicated family contact centre – open Mon – Fri, 8am to 8pm. You can call them on 020 3465 6883.

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