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Treating more than a million people a day in England, the NHS touches all of our lives. When it was founded in 1948, the NHS was the first universal health system to be available to all, free at the point of delivery.

Addenbrooke’s, which opened on Trumpington Street in Cambridge in 1766, was designated an NHS hospital under the NHS Act of 1946.

Discover the important part our hospitals have played in breaking the barriers of modern medicine and providing compassionate care for our community.

The old Addenbrooke's site based on Trumpington Street, Cambridge Historical date


Cambridge's hospital opened thanks to the vision of Dr John Addenbrooke, who left £4,500 in his will “to hire, fit up, purchase or erect a building for a small physical hospital in the town of Cambridge for poor people of any parish or any county".

Addenbrooke's history (opens in a new tab)
Headshot of matron Alice Fisher who started at Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1876 Historical figure


Alice Fisher (Nightingale nurse) – Matron of Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Alice was a protégé of Florence Nightingale.



Last year, we celebrated 60 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth opened Addenbrooke's Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Sir Roy Calne standing next to a portrait of himself World-leading surgeon


Europe's first liver transplant performed by Sir Roy Calne. In his honour, we have recently named our specialist transplant unit after him.

Roy Calne Transplant Unit (opens in a new tab)
The Queen opening the Rosie Hospital 2013 Rosie Hospital


The Rosie Hospital was reopened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on 23 May.

Rosie Hospital history (opens in a new tab)
A nurse using a handheld device, integrated with our Epic electronic patient record system, to scan barcodes to safety administer medication to a patient. Historical date


Launch of EPIC, CUH's electronic patient record, the first-of-its-kind transformation in an NHS Trust.

eHospital developments (opens in a new tab)
Rebecca Fitzgerald with cytosponge World-leading science


The clinical trial started for Cytosponge, a 'sponge on a string' test developed by Professor Rebecca Fitzgerald to detect oesophageal cancer earlier.

Cytosponge trial results (opens in a new tab)
A head and body shot of Dr Raj Jena World-leading science


Project InnerEye is a collaboration between Microsoft Research, CUH and the University of Cambridge. Consultant oncologist Dr Raj Jena has worked to develop a machine learning tool to speed up preparation for radiotherapy treatment.

Project InnerEye (opens in a new tab)
Baby Oliver Bell Quote


“Twelve days ago I met the future. I held the future. I bounced the future on my knee”. Amanda Pritchard, Chief Executive of NHS England, highlighting the impact of genome sequencing happening at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Baby Oliver's story (opens in a new tab)