Best Hospitals 2021 - United Kingdom

World's Best Hospitals 2021

This is the third year that Newsweek has partnered with Statista Inc, the respected global data research firm, to reveal the World's Best Hospitals— and it may be our most important ranking yet.

As the events of 2020 made clear, our lives and those of our loved ones may rest on the kind of health care we have access to. The 2,000 hospitals named in this list—which covers 25 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada —stand out for their consistent excellence, including distinguished physicians, top-notch nursing care and state-of-the-art technology.

Of course we hope that we, and you, won't need to seek care or visit a friend or family member in any hospital this year. But if you do, this ranking of the World's Best Hospitals 2021 can help you feel confident as you make a critical choice about medical care.

Nancy Cooper
Global Editor-in-Chief

RankHospitalCountryScoreCityUS StateSpecialityFootnotes
1St Thomas' HospitalUnited Kingdom87.82%London
2University College HospitalUnited Kingdom86.03%London
3The Royal Victoria InfirmaryUnited Kingdom84.53%Newcastle Upon Tyne
4Queen Elizabeth Hospital BirminghamUnited Kingdom84.13%Birmingham
5Addenbrooke'sUnited Kingdom84.11%Cambridge
6Freeman HospitalUnited Kingdom83.15%Newcastle Upon Tyne
7St. Bartholomew's HospitalUnited Kingdom82.53%London
8Guy's HospitalUnited Kingdom81.93%London
9Salford RoyalUnited Kingdom81.91%Salford
10Chelsea and Westminster HospitalUnited Kingdom81.35%London
11London Bridge HospitalUnited Kingdom80.17%London
12John Radcliffe HospitalUnited Kingdom80.01%Oxford
13Bristol Royal InfirmaryUnited Kingdom79.19%Bristol
14St Richard's HospitalUnited Kingdom78.85%Chichester
15Worthing HospitalUnited Kingdom78.49%Worthing
16Glasgow Royal InfirmaryUnited Kingdom78.48%Glasgow
17Frimley Park HospitalUnited Kingdom78.45%Camberley
18Royal Berkshire HospitalUnited Kingdom78.05%Reading
19University Hospital Of WalesUnited Kingdom77.74%Cardiff
20Wythenshawe HospitalUnited Kingdom77.73%Manchester
21The Royal London HospitalUnited Kingdom77.59%London
22Leeds General InfirmaryUnited Kingdom77.51%Leeds
23Hexham General HospitalUnited Kingdom77.48%Hexham
24St Mary's HospitalUnited Kingdom77.34%London
25Wansbeck General HospitalUnited Kingdom76.98%Ashington
26The Princess Grace HospitalUnited Kingdom76.97%London
27Royal Hallamshire HospitalUnited Kingdom76.83%Sheffield
28Royal Free HospitalUnited Kingdom76.49%London
29St George's HospitalUnited Kingdom76.48%London
30BMI The London Independent HospitalUnited Kingdom76.22%London
31East Surrey HospitalUnited Kingdom76.17%Redhill
32Nuffield Health - Leeds HospitalUnited Kingdom76.13%Leeds
33King's College HospitalUnited Kingdom75.73%London
34Southampton General HospitalUnited Kingdom75.58%Southampton
35Royal Derby HospitalUnited Kingdom75.12%Derby
36Chapel Allerton HospitalUnited Kingdom75.03%Leeds
37Manchester Royal InfirmaryUnited Kingdom74.89%Manchester
38St James's HospitalUnited Kingdom74.88%Leeds
39Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (Wonford)United Kingdom74.83%Exeter
40Northern General HospitalUnited Kingdom74.47%Sheffield
41Kingston HospitalUnited Kingdom74.26%Kingston Upon Thames
42Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little FranceUnited Kingdom74.25%Edinburgh
43Queen Elizabeth Hospital - GatesheadUnited Kingdom74.19%Gateshead
44Conquest HospitalUnited Kingdom74.14%St. Leonards-on-Sea
45Nottingham University Hospitals - Queen's Medical Centre CampusUnited Kingdom74.06%Nottingham
46St Helens HospitalUnited Kingdom74.04%St. Helens
47Glenfield HospitalUnited Kingdom73.96%Leicester
48Homerton University HospitalUnited Kingdom73.77%London
49Hammersmith HospitalUnited Kingdom73.73%London
50Queen Elizabeth University HospitalUnited Kingdom73.70%Glasgow
51Stoke Mandeville HospitalUnited Kingdom73.69%Buckinghamshire
52Royal Surrey County HospitalUnited Kingdom73.60%Guildford
53Royal Victoria HospitalUnited Kingdom73.55%Belfast
54The Whittington HospitalUnited Kingdom73.50%London
55Wexham Park HospitalUnited Kingdom73.28%Slough
56Musgrove Park HospitalUnited Kingdom73.09%Taunton
57Nottingham University Hospitals - City CampusUnited Kingdom73.08%Nottingham
58North Tyneside General HospitalUnited Kingdom73.08%North Shields
59Tameside General HospitalUnited Kingdom73.06%Ashton Under Lyne
60Royal Sussex County HospitalUnited Kingdom72.95%Brighton
61Crawley HospitalUnited Kingdom72.93%Crawley
62The London ClinicUnited Kingdom72.73%London
63Wellington HospitalUnited Kingdom72.63%London
64Royal Albert Edward InfirmaryUnited Kingdom72.63%Wigan
65Luton and Dunstable HospitalUnited Kingdom72.63%Luton
66Poole HospitalUnited Kingdom72.56%Poole
67Southmead HospitalUnited Kingdom72.55%Bristol
68King's Mill HospitalUnited Kingdom72.52%Sutton-In-Ashfield
69South West Acute HospitalUnited Kingdom72.24%Enniskillen
70Royal United HospitalUnited Kingdom72.18%Bath
71Whiston HospitalUnited Kingdom72.15%Prescot
72Bassetlaw HospitalUnited Kingdom72.11%Worksop
73Trafford General HospitalUnited Kingdom72.10%Manchester
74Charing Cross HospitalUnited Kingdom72.10%London
75Queen Elizabeth Hospital - LondonUnited Kingdom72.09%London
76Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care HospitalUnited Kingdom72.08%Cramlington
77BMI The Alexandra HospitalUnited Kingdom72.08%Cheadle
78Basingstoke and North Hampshire HospitalUnited Kingdom72.05%Basingstoke
79Southend HospitalUnited Kingdom71.99%Westcliff-on-Sea
80New Cross HospitalUnited Kingdom71.91%Wolverhampton
81Northampton General HospitalUnited Kingdom71.80%Northampton
82Cardiff Royal InfirmaryUnited Kingdom71.76%Cardiff
83Grantham and District HospitalUnited Kingdom71.61%Grantham
84Princess Royal HospitalUnited Kingdom71.60%Haywards Heath
85Withington Community HospitalUnited Kingdom71.46%Manchester
86The James Cook University HospitalUnited Kingdom71.12%Middlesbrough
87Fairfield General HospitalUnited Kingdom71.03%Bury
88Harrogate District HospitalUnited Kingdom70.93%Harrogate
89Clifton HospitalUnited Kingdom70.93%Lytham St. Annes
90University Hospital - CoventryUnited Kingdom70.85%Coventry
91Spire St Anthony's HospitalUnited Kingdom70.75%Sutton
92Royal Bournemouth HospitalUnited Kingdom70.71%Bournemouth
93Warwick HospitalUnited Kingdom70.66%Warwick
94Bupa Cromwell HospitalUnited Kingdom70.44%London
95Heatherwood HospitalUnited Kingdom70.26%Ascot
96Royal Bolton HospitalUnited Kingdom70.21%Bolton
97Leicester Royal InfirmaryUnited Kingdom70.17%Leicester
98Furness General HospitalUnited Kingdom70.14%Barrow-In-Furness
99Leighton HospitalUnited Kingdom69.96%Crewe
100University Hospital Of North TeesUnited Kingdom69.92%Stockton-on-Tees
101Burnley General HospitalUnited Kingdom69.83%Burnley
102Derriford HospitalUnited Kingdom69.77%Plymouth
103Darlington Memorial HospitalUnited Kingdom69.73%Darlington
104City Hospital BirminghamUnited Kingdom69.64%Birmingham
105Calderdale Royal HospitalUnited Kingdom69.56%Halifax
106Salisbury District HospitalUnited Kingdom69.50%Salisbury
107Yeovil District HospitalUnited Kingdom69.47%Yeovil
108James Paget University HospitalUnited Kingdom69.30%Great Yarmouth

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Global Board of Medical Experts:

The global board of medical experts was founded by Statista to support the World's Best Hospitals 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 Hospital ranking lists the best hospitals in 25 countries: USA, Germany, Japan, South Korea, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Canada, India, Australia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Austria, Thailand, Switzerland, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Israel and Singapore. The countries were mainly selected based on standard of living/life expectancy, population size, number of hospitals and data availability.

The lists are based on three data sources:
• Recommendations from medical experts (doctors, hospitals managers, health care professionals)
• Results from patient surveys
• Medical KPIs on hospitals
• The number of hospitals awarded in each country varies based on the number of hospitals and data availability in the respective country. USA had the most hospitals awarded with 350, while Israel and Singapore were represented with 10 hospitals each. In total, 2,000 hospitals were ranked in this third edition of the ranking.
• Every hospital in each country is rated by a score.

Scores are only comparable between hospitals in the same country, because different sources for patient experience and medical KPIs were examined in each country. Since it was not possible to harmonize this data, cross-country comparisons of the scores are not possible (example: A score of 90 in country A doesn't necessarily mean that this hospital is better than a hospital with a score of 87 in country B).

• Specialized hospitals like heart or cancer hospitals differ in their offer from general hospitals, and therefore are displayed in a separate list. This list is sorted alphabetically because Hospitals with different specialties are not comparable.

U.S. hospitals were also awarded as best hospitals for infection prevention if they performed above the national average based on six different measures. This recognition is based on data from 01/01/2019 to 12/31/2019, published by CMS.

• In addition to the country lists, the study includes a Global Top 200 list. This list includes a ranking of the 100 best global hospitals, ranks 101-200 are sorted alphabetically.

For the 2021 rankings, a hospital survey was designed and sent out to hospitals. The purpose of this survey is to determine the status quo of Patient Reported Outcome Measurements (PROMs) implementation in hospitals which are represented in the ranking. PROMs will play a more significant part in future editions of the ranking.

Download the methodology overview here.

Download the extended methodology here.


1 - No medical KPI was used to determine the score for these hospitals. Their scores relies on patient satisfaction data and recommendations from medical experts.
2 - 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 - This hospital participated in the Statista hospital survey and is using Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs).