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St Peter’s Trust history

St Peter’s Trust took its name from St. Peter’s Hospital in central London, which was established in the 19th century by a group of doctors with a particular interest in diseases of the urinary tract, who felt it would be beneficial if they could provide a specialised clinical service to patients suffering from such diseases and improve diagnosis and treatment thereby.

The work expanded and by 1970 four separate hospital buildings in Covent Garden were brought together to form the St. Peter’s Hospital Group. The Group, and its research and teaching base - the Institute of Urology & Nephrology - were re-sited in the early 1990’s and are now incorporated into UCL School of Medical and Life Sciences and its associated hospitals in central London.

The St. Peter’s Hospital Group has been unique in Britain in dealing solely with disorders of the urinary tract and it became a centre of excellence in this field. As a result it has attracted highly skilled specialists onto its staff, with patients being referred from all parts of the country and from overseas for the very advanced treatments offered - the urologists undertaking the surgical procedures and the nephrologists (physicians specialising in kidney disease) using drug and other non-surgical treatments.

This wealth of clinical knowledge and the quantity of information collected at St. Peter’s has resulted in a large and important data base and invaluable opportunities for research and teaching.

St Peter’s Trust was established in 1970 to raise funds for research associated with the clinical work being undertaken and the grants provided have supported a number of scientific breakthroughs. Read more