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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RankHospitalScoreCityHospital BedsFootnote
1St Thomas' Hospital92.2%London 920
2University College Hospital91.2%London 720
3The Royal Victoria Infirmary91.1%Newcastle Upon Tyne 680
4Freeman Hospital91.1%Newcastle Upon Tyne 500
5Salford Royal91.1%Salford 676
6Chelsea and Westminster Hospital90.3%London 430
7Addenbrooke's90.0%Cambridge 1,486
8Guy's Hospital89.6%London 269
9Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham89.2%Birmingham 1,213
10Bristol Royal Infirmary88.9%Bristol 1,085
11Royal Berkshire Hospital88.9%Reading 912
12St. Bartholomew's Hospital88.8%London 365
13John Radcliffe Hospital88.3%Oxford 832
14Glasgow Royal Infirmary87.4%Glasgow 1,0001
15King's College Hospital86.9%London 950
16Hexham General Hospital86.5%Hexham 115
17Leeds General Infirmary86.1%Leeds 590
18Frimley Park Hospital85.7%Camberley 720
19St Mary's Hospital84.9%London 484
20Wythenshawe Hospital84.6%Manchester 950
21The Princess Grace Hospital84.5%London 127
22Wansbeck General Hospital84.5%Ashington 207
23Manchester Royal Infirmary84.4%Manchester 750
24Royal Hallamshire Hospital84.0%Sheffield 850
25Southampton General Hospital83.7%Southampton 1,300
26Hammersmith Hospital83.7%London 346
27St James's Hospital83.5%Leeds 391
28Royal Free Hospital83.5%London 830
29The Whittington Hospital83.3%London 320
30BMI The London Independent Hospital83.3%London 84
31Glenfield Hospital83.0%Leicester 415
32Worthing Hospital82.9%Worthing 953
33Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)82.5%Exeter 800
34Northampton General Hospital82.5%Northampton 800
35Charing Cross Hospital82.4%London 444
36St George's Hospital82.3%London 1,300
37Nottingham University Hospitals - Queen's Medical Centre Campus82.3%Nottingham 1,700
38Nuffield Health - Leeds Hospital82.2%Leeds 80
39The James Cook University Hospital81.9%Middlesbrough 1,024
40The Royal London Hospital81.8%London 675
41North Tyneside General Hospital81.6%North Shields 307
42St Richard's Hospital81.4%Chichester 430
43Wellington Hospital81.2%London 206
44London Bridge Hospital80.5%London 138
45Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France80.3%Edinburgh 9001
46Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Gateshead80.2%Gateshead 580
47East Surrey Hospital79.8%Redhill 697
48University Hospital Of Wales 79.8%Cardiff 1,0801
49West Suffolk Hospital79.7%Bury St. Edmunds 430
50Leicester Royal Infirmary79.6%Leicester 1,000
51Royal Derby Hospital79.6%Derby 1,159
52Northern General Hospital79.5%Sheffield 1,100
53Royal Surrey County Hospital79.5%Guildford 559
54City Hospital Birmingham79.1%Birmingham 1,100
55Homerton University Hospital79.0%London 500
56Queen Elizabeth University Hospital78.8%Glasgow 1,6771
57Bedford Hospital South Wing78.6%Bedford 400
58Chapel Allerton Hospital78.6%Leeds 82
59Derriford Hospital78.6%Plymouth 1,000
60Royal Victoria Hospital78.5%Belfast 3501
61Royal Bournemouth Hospital78.4%Bournemouth 711
62Nottingham University Hospitals - City Campus78.4%Nottingham 1,100
63University Hospital - Coventry78.2%Coventry 1,005
64Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital78.0%Basingstoke 450
65Crawley Hospital78.0%Crawley 143
66Musgrove Park Hospital77.7%Taunton 630
67Bassetlaw Hospital77.5%Worksop 170
68Southmead Hospital77.3%Bristol 996
69The London Clinic76.9%London 234
70Spire St Anthony's Hospital76.9%Sutton 92
71Brighton General Hospital76.7%Brighton 4951
72Queen Elizabeth Hospital - London76.6%London 580
73St Helens Hospital76.6%St. Helens 631
74Trafford General Hospital76.3%Manchester 230
75Kingston Hospital76.2%Kingston Upon Thames 371
76Bupa Cromwell Hospital76.1%London 118
77BMI The Alexandra Hospital76.0%Cheadle 172
78Whiston Hospital75.7%Prescot 810
79Tameside General Hospital75.6%Ashton Under Lyne 524
80Wexham Park Hospital75.2%Slough 588
81Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital75.2%Cramlington 337
82Stoke Mandeville Hospital75.2%Buckinghamshire 431
83Withington Community Hospital75.1%Manchester 1071
84Yeovil District Hospital75.0%Yeovil 345
85Royal Bolton Hospital75.0%Bolton 755
86Royal United Hospital75.0%Bath 795
87Royal Sussex County Hospital74.9%Brighton 785
88Horton General Hospital74.8%Banbury 248
89Grantham and District Hospital74.6%Grantham 184
90Burnley General Hospital74.5%Burnley 291
91Poole Hospital74.2%Poole 789
92Princess Royal Hospital74.0%Haywards Heath 351
93South West Acute Hospital74.0%Enniskillen 2321
94The Royal Glamorgan Hospital 73.9%Llantrisant 5701
95St Peter's Hospital73.8%Chertsey 244
96Airedale General Hospital73.8%Keighley 379
97Queen Mary's Hospital73.8%London 430
98Torbay Hospital73.8%Torquay 293
99Southend Hospital73.4%Westcliff-on-Sea 737
100Royal Albert Edward Infirmary73.2%Wigan 513
101Bradford Royal Infirmary73.0%Bradford 321
102Gloucestershire Royal Hospital72.9%Gloucester 683
103Harrogate District Hospital72.7%Harrogate 402
104Arrowe Park Hospital72.7%Wirral 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.