The History of BMI The London Independent Hospital

BMI The London Independent Hospital has evolved so much since it opened as The London Jewish Hospital in 1919. Find out more about the history of BMI The London Independent Hospital.

The Jewish HospitalThe London Jewish Hospital

The site of The London Independent Hospital opened in 1919 with facilities for outpatients as The London Jewish Hospital. In 1921, the first inpatient wards opened. The building was designed to let in plenty of fresh air and sunlight. It was extended in 1926/1927, and by 1928 it had 92 beds. Other facilities included kitchens for the preparation of kosher food, that is, food permitted under Jewish dietary rules.

In 1948, the London Jewish Hospital ceased to be a Voluntary Hospital and became part of the National Health Service as a general hospital of 130 beds.

BMI Healthcare London Independent HospitalBMI Healthcare

From 1948 to 1966 it was managed by the Stepney Group Hospital Management Committee, and from 1966 to 1974 by the East London Group. The London Jewish Hospital was closed in 1979

BMI Healthcare acquired the site, refurbished the hospital and opened it as The London Independent Hospital in 1986. 

Olympics London Independent2012 Olympics

Professor Nicola Maffulli, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, led a team of six consultants in the Orthopaedic Sports Foot and Ankle Surgery Service. Prof Maffulli was the Field of Play Doctor for the Olympic Wrestling Tournament. Mr Ziali Sivardeen worked at the state of the art athlete's village and had the honour of being the surgeon who operated on all Olympians and Para-Olympians that required shoulder or elbow surgery during the Games

Nat Padhiar was part of Medical Service Team, the Clinical Lead and Team Leader for Podiatry at The London 2012 Games and was based in the Polyclinic, Olympic Village in Stratford for the entire period of Olympic & Paralympic Games 2012. The Olympic polyclinic that was set up in the athletes’ village was run by private GP David Wittington.

In 2012, our comprehensive imaging and diagnostic suite was chosen as a London Olympic facility, providing the scans and diagnostics that the surgeons needed. During the same year, Sarah Storey OBE, the multiple Paralympic Gold medallist, was at the BMI The London Independent Hospital, Stepney Green for the official opening of its new physiotherapy department.

Transplant surgery

First kidney transplant and plasma exchange

In December 2013, we were very proud to perform a live donor kidney transplant for the first time in December 2013.

As well as this, in 2017, we undertook the first plasma exchange procedure to facilitate a non-matching kidney to be transplanted.