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Celebrating 120 Years

The Hospital began in 1899 when the Second Boer War broke out in South Africa. As a wave of patriotism swept over Britain, the Prince of Wales (before he became King Edward VII) suggested that Agnes and her sister Fanny convert their Belgravia home into a hospital. Within weeks they were treating sick and wounded returning officers.

We’ve continued this tradition of caring for military officers through our Centre for Veterans’ Health. The Centre provides veterans and their partners with life-changing care, at a reduced cost. Our award-winning Pain Management Programme is free for veterans.

We are strongly rooted in our past but also look to the future, working towards more accurate diagnoses and less invasive treatments. Ultimately, we want to ensure the best possible outcomes for our patients.


We’ve put together this timeline of highlights from the last 120 years:

  • January 2022

    Opening of the King Edward VII's Hospital Medical Centre (formerly Mackintosh House)

  • April 2019

    Redevelopment of Beaumont House front desk and Reception area are completed

  • February 2018

    Official opening of the Centre for Veterans’ Health, by HRH The Duke of Kent

  • 2016

    Launch of the Veterans' Pain Management Programme

  • Summer 2016

    The Hospital’s 120th Anniversary Appeal is launched

  • 2015

    Opening of the Breast Unit, funded by Phyllis and Michael Rapp in memory of Sharon Tucker

  • 2011

    Redevelopment of the Critical Care Unit

  • 2000

    The Hospital changes its name to King Edward VII’s Hospital (Sister Agnes), from King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers Sister Agnes Founder

  • June 1981

    Her Majesty The Queen Mother opens the Physiotherapy Department and Hydrotherapy Pool

  • 1952

    Her Majesty The Queen Mother accepts Patronage of the Hospital

  • 1939-1945

    World War Two

  • 1914-1918

    World War One

  • December 1899

    Agnes and Fanny Keyser open their home in Belgravia, London to returning officers from the Second Boer War