The NHS Trusts responsible for Imperial's teaching hospitals will merge on 1st October to create Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which will become the largest NHS Trust in the UK. St Mary's NHS Trust and Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust will come together and integrate with Imperial, forming the foundation for the proposed Academic Health Sciences Centre.
Public support was overwhelmingly in favour of the merger, with many believing it would lead to better health services, better use of resources and the development of new solutions to medical challenges.
The new Trust will have control of the following hospitals:
- Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith
- Hammersmith Hospital, Acton
- Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital, Acton
- St Mary's Hospital, Paddington
- Western Eye Hospital, Marylebone
Lord Tugendhat will be the first chairman of the new Trust and said: "The creation of the AHSC is a major advance for patient care, clinical teaching and scientific invention and innovation. The fusion of the different strands of our work and the achievements that we can now expect will lead to significant benefits for patients and greater advances in healthcare than those we could have delivered apart."