Best Hospitals - United Kingdom

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If you were asked to name the world's best hospitals, you might well have mentioned the Mayo Clinic, Massachusetts General and the University Hospital, Zurich. You might not have thought of the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm or Singapore General. But the researchers and experts who help build this authoritative list are keenly aware of what's going on in hospitals around the globe, and they can, with confidence, identify the ones that set the standard for excellent care. The table below shows the Global Top 100 Hospitals, #1-50 are ranked based on recommendations, #51-100 are listed alphabetically. If your hospital is listed below, you can find out more about the licensing options visiting the Statista website.

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RankHospitalWebsiteScoreCityHospital BedsFootnote
1St Thomas' Hospitalhttps://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk92.2%London 920
2University College Hospitalhttp://www.uclh.nhs.uk91.2%London 720
3The Royal Victoria Infirmary Upon Tyne 680
4Freeman Hospital Upon Tyne 500
5Salford Royalhttp://www.srft.nhs.uk91.1%Salford 676
6Chelsea and Westminster Hospitalhttp://www.chelwest.nhs.uk90.3%London 430
7Addenbrooke's 1,486
8Guy's Hospitalhttps://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk89.6%London 269
9Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birminghamhttp://www.uhb.nhs.uk89.2%Birmingham 1,213
10Bristol Royal Infirmary 1,085
11Royal Berkshire Hospitalhttp://www.royalberkshire.nhs.uk88.9%Reading 912
12St. Bartholomew's Hospital 365
13John Radcliffe Hospital 832
14Glasgow Royal Infirmary 1,0001
15King's College Hospitalhttp://www.kch.nhs.uk86.9%London 950
16Hexham General Hospital 115
17Leeds General Infirmaryhttp://www.leedsth.nhs.uk86.1%Leeds 590
18Frimley Park Hospital 720
19St Mary's Hospital 484
20Wythenshawe Hospital 950
21The Princess Grace Hospital 127
22Wansbeck General Hospital 207
23Manchester Royal Infirmary 750
24Royal Hallamshire Hospitalhttp://www.sth.nhs.uk84.0%Sheffield 850
25Southampton General Hospitalhttp://www.uhs.nhs.uk83.7%Southampton 1,300
26Hammersmith Hospital 346
27St James's Hospitalhttp://www.leedsth.nhs.uk83.5%Leeds 391
28Royal Free Hospital 830
29The Whittington Hospitalhttp://www.whittington.nhs.uk83.3%London 320
30BMI The London Independent Hospital 84
31Glenfield Hospitalhttp://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk83.0%Leicester 415
32Worthing Hospital 953
33Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford) 800
34Northampton General Hospital 800
35Charing Cross Hospital 444
36St George's Hospitalhttp://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk82.3%London 1,300
37Nottingham University Hospitals - Queen's Medical Centre Campushttp://www.nuh.nhs.uk82.3%Nottingham 1,700
38Nuffield Health - Leeds Hospital 80
39The James Cook University Hospital 1,024
40The Royal London Hospital 675
41North Tyneside General Hospital Shields 307
42St Richard's Hospital 430
43Wellington Hospital 206
44London Bridge Hospital 138
45Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France 9001
46Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Gateshead 580
47East Surrey Hospital 697
48University Hospital Of Wales 1,0801
49West Suffolk Hospitalhttp://www.wsh.nhs.uk79.7%Bury St. Edmunds 430
50Leicester Royal Infirmaryhttp://www.leicestershospitals.nhs.uk79.6%Leicester 1,000
51Royal Derby Hospitalhttp://www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk79.6%Derby 1,159
52Northern General Hospital 1,100
53Royal Surrey County Hospitalhttp://www.royalsurrey.nhs.uk79.5%Guildford 559
54City Hospital Birmingham 1,100
55Homerton University Hospitalhttp://www.homerton.nhs.uk79.0%London 500
56Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 1,6771
57Bedford Hospital South Wing 400
58Chapel Allerton Hospital 82
59Derriford Hospital 1,000
60Royal Victoria Hospital 3501
61Royal Bournemouth Hospital 711
62Nottingham University Hospitals - City Campus 1,100
63University Hospital - Coventryhttp://www.uhcw.nhs.uk78.2%Coventry 1,005
64Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospitalhttp://www.hampshirehospitals.nhs.uk78.0%Basingstoke 450
65Crawley Hospital 143
66Musgrove Park Hospital 630
67Bassetlaw Hospitalhttp://www.dbth.nhs.uk77.5%Worksop 170
68Southmead Hospital 996
69The London Clinic 234
70Spire St Anthony's Hospital 92
71Brighton General Hospital 4951
72Queen Elizabeth Hospital - London 580
73St Helens Hospital Helens 631
74Trafford General Hospital 230
75Kingston Hospital Upon Thames 371
76Bupa Cromwell Hospital 118
77BMI The Alexandra Hospital 172
78Whiston Hospital 810
79Tameside General Hospital Under Lyne 524
80Wexham Park Hospital 588
81Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital 337
82Stoke Mandeville Hospital 431
83Withington Community Hospital 1071
84Yeovil District Hospital 345
85Royal Bolton Hospital 755
86Royal United Hospital 795
87Royal Sussex County Hospital 785
88Horton General Hospital 248
89Grantham and District Hospital 184
90Burnley General Hospital 291
91Poole Hospital 789
92Princess Royal Hospital Heath 351
93South West Acute Hospital 2321
94The Royal Glamorgan Hospital 5701
95St Peter's Hospital 244
96Airedale General Hospital 379
97Queen Mary's Hospital 430
98Torbay Hospital 293
99Southend Hospital 737
100Royal Albert Edward Infirmary 513
101Bradford Royal Infirmaryhttp://www.bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk73.0%Bradford 321
102Gloucestershire Royal Hospital 683
103Harrogate District Hospital 402
104Arrowe Park Hospital 900

Licensing Information:

If your hospital is listed above, you can find out more about the licensing options visiting the Statista website.

Global Board of Medical Experts:

The global board of medical experts was founded by Statista to support the World's Best Hospital Project. The board is an independent body that is tasked with the continuous development of the quality and scope of the project. Current members of the board of experts are listed here.


The World's Best Hospitals 2020 ranking lists the best hospitals in 20 countries (and one city-state): United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Israel, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India, Thailand, Australia and Brazil.

The rankings are based on recommendations from medical professionals, results from patient surveys and key medical performance indicators.

Statista, in collaboration with trusted insurance provider GeoBlue, invited tens of thousands of medical professionals in the selected countries to an online survey from September to November 2019. The survey was also promoted on

The number of awards per country varied based on the number of hospitals and data availability. The U.S. had the most hospitals awarded, with 300, and U.S. hospitals are also recognized with a best in state award.

Scores are comparable only between hospitals in the same country. The study includes a Global Top 100 list.

Specialized hospitals, like heart or cancer hospitals, are displayed in a separate list, sorted alphabetically.

Download the full methodology here.

Download the methodology overview here.


1 - The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center: These hospitals reported discrepancies in the medical KPI data that was used to determine scores. No medical KPI was used to determine the score for this hospital. The score relies on patient satisfaction data and recommendations from medical experts.

2 - kbo-Isar-Amper-Klinikum - München-Nord, Polyclinique du Parc Rambot - Provencale, Hôpital Bellevue, Clinique des Cèdres, Hôpital Emile Muller, Istituto Clinico Scientifico Maugeri - Veruno, Azienda Ospedaliera San Camillo Forlanini, Ospedale Santa Croce e Carle, Ospedale Santa Croce di Fano, Ospedale San Luigi Gonzaga, Presidio di Conegliano, Ospedale Sant'Antonio di Padova, Azienda Ospedaliera Santa Maria, Ospedale Sant'Eugenio: No patient satisfaction data was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on results from medical KPIs and recommendations from medical experts.

3 - Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France, University Hospital Of Wales, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Brighton General Hospital, Withington Community Hospital, South West Acute Hospital, The Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Hospital das Clinicas da Universidade de Sao Paulo: No medical KPI was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on patient satisfaction data and recommendations from medical experts.