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Cromwell Hospital in London

The Bupa Cromwell Hospital is a private sector hospital located in the South Kensington area of London. The hospital was founded on 29 April 1981 by Pakistani banker and philanthropist Agha Hasan Abedi and has at various times been owned by the Bank of Credit & Commerce International and the Abu Dhabi royal family.[1]

It was announced in 2008 that the hospital had been bought by the private health and care specialist Bupa and renamed as the "Bupa Cromwell Hospital".[1] Bupa have devoted marketing effort towards positioning the hospital as a health destination for patients from the Middle East.[2] In 2015 about 40% of its earnings came from overseas patients.[3]


Famous patientsEdit

In 1987, two Rover SD1s of the Metropolitan Police Service transported a liver transplant from London Stansted Airport to the hospital, completing the 27 mile journey in under 30 minutes. The journey quickly became famous, and has been nicknamed the Liver Run.

Apparently, this hospital was also where actress Margaret Lockwood spent her final days.

The former footballer and alcoholic George Best[4] spent his final days in Cromwell Hospital,[5] where he repeatedly received treatment for his medical problems, including liver transplantation.

Musician Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan was admitted to Cromwell Hospital on 11 August 1997, while passing through London on the way to Los Angeles USA in order to receive a kidney transplant. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest at the Cromwell Hospital on Saturday, 16 August 1997, aged 48.

Musician and playwright for Nigeria Chief Hubert Ogunde died there in the year 1990.

Former First Lady of Kenya Lucy Kibaki died there on April 26, 2016

On January 2, 2018, Israeli footballer Maor Buzaglo underwent surgery for his anterior cruciate ligament in the hospital. As of January 8, he reportedly still stays at Cromwell.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Peter Pallot (21 May 2008). "Middle East focus for Cromwell Hospital". London: Daily Telegraph. 
  2. ^ Peter Pallot (19 Aug 2011). "Expat guide to Saudi Arabia: health care". London: Daily Telegraph. 
  3. ^ "Rich overseas patients help private hospitals beat recession". Financial Times. 12 April 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "Living in the grip of alcohol". BBC News. 4 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Ben Fenton (26 Nov 2005). "George was just natural and very nice . . . people liked him for that'". London: Daily Telegraph. 

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