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.
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". Bupa have devoted marketing effort towards positioning the hospital as a health destination for patients from the Middle East. In 2015 about 40% of its earnings came from overseas patients.
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.
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
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