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Princess Royal University Hospital

For other hospitals named "Princess Royal" see Princess Royal Hospital.

The Princess Royal University Hospital or PRUH is a large acute district general hospital situated in Locksbottom, near Farnborough, in the London Borough of Bromley.

Princess Royal University Hospital
King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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Princess Royal University Hospital main entrance
Princess Royal University Hospital is located in London Borough of Bromley
Princess Royal University Hospital
Shown in Bromley
LocationFarnborough, London, England, United Kingdom
Coordinates51°21′55″N 0°3′13″E / 51.36528°N 0.05361°E / 51.36528; 0.05361Coordinates: 51°21′55″N 0°3′13″E / 51.36528°N 0.05361°E / 51.36528; 0.05361
Care systemNHS England
Hospital typeDistrict General
Emergency departmentYes, Accident and Emergency
ListsHospitals in England


The hospital has its origins in the Bromley Union Workhouse Infirmary which was opened on the site in March 1845.[1][2] A female infirmary block was added in 1898 and two new medical blocks were completed in 1929.[2]

A new wing was added in 1936 at which time the facility became the Farnborough County Hospital.[2] It joined the National Health Service as Farnborough General Hospital in 1948[2] and new operating theatres on the site were opened by Robin Turton, Minister of Health, in November 1956.[2]

A new hospital was procured under a Private Finance Initiative contract to replace the Bromley Hospital and Farnborough General Hospital in 1998. It was built by Taylor Woodrow at a cost of £118 million and opened in April 2003.[3] The construction cost was funded partly by the sale of the land occupied by Bromley Hospital, and partly by the private finance initiative project.[4] Taxpayers will end up paying £1.2 billion to the PFI owners in a deal which lasts for 60 years.[5]

The new hospital was initially administered by the Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust, until a merger with Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust and Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust created the South London Healthcare NHS Trust in April 2009, which took over the running of several other hospitals in the local area.[6]

A Hyper Acute Stroke Unit for South East London opened at the hospital in May 2011.[7]

2013 TakeoverEdit

The South London Healthcare NHS Trust was dissolved on 1 October 2013, following a decision by the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, acting on advice from the Trust Special Administrator. The accumulated debt owed on both the Princess Royal and Queen Elizabeth hospitals was written off by the Department for Health. King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust then took over responsibility for the Princess Royal University Hospital and Orpington Hospital, as well as responsibility for running some clinical services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Beckenham Beacon and Sevenoaks Hospital.[8]


  1. ^ "Bromley". Workhouses. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Farnborough Hospital". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The funding time bomb that crippled an NHS Trust". The Independent. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Our private finance partners". Bromley Hospitals. Archived from the original on 12 November 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Gilligan, Andrew (27 January 2011). "David Metter: Skiing in the Alps, the King of the PFIs who owns 28 hospitals and a motorway". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  6. ^ South London Healthcare NHS Trust homepage
  7. ^ "Hyper acute stroke unit opens at the Princess Royal University Hospital". Newshopper. 21 May 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Our vision for the future - King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust". Retrieved 5 December 2017.