On Sunday May 21st Desmond Tutu visited St Luke's Hospital for the Clergy to launch the development programme. The Nobel Peace Prize winner was keen to see the Hospital for himself before it closed for essential redevelopment and was able to knock down a wall as St Luke's was handed over to the builders.

   Archbishop Tutu said,
"The service St Luke's provides is invaluable. Clergy are often forced to choose between providing care and support in their parish or attending a hospital appointment. St Luke's understands their commitments and endeavours to make treatment at an appropriate time.I n addition, St Luke’s provides essential treatment for missionaries and Anglican clergy from overseas. Medical care in some countries can be extremely poor so it is important that there is somewhere for these people to turn for help when they need it. I urge people to support St Luke’s. It’s absolutely vital that their good work is allowed to continue and to do this they need your help.”  

A total of £2.7 million was needed to fund the refurbishment. £1.7 million has been raised, which is enough for the work to begin, but the remaining £1 million is still very much needed.  St Luke's relies totaly on donations and gifts to maintain its service and while the Hospital is closed it will still be providing a limited service to those who need it, through the 200 Honorary Consultants who continue to give their time for no charge. An average Honorary Consultants provides over £14,000 of free services to the Hospital a year.

The Archbishop wrote this lovely message in our Visitors Book before he left: This is a great institution with wonderful people. We pray that the new St Luke's will soon open. God Bless You. +Desmond Tutu

St Luke’s closed its doors on May 21st 2006 for operations. It will reopen in the Spring of 2007. To support the continuing work of the hospital or to help with the redevelopment costs please contact John Cherry at the hospital on or send your cheque to St Luke’s Hospital for the Clergy, 14 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6AH.

St. Luke's Hospital
14 Fitzroy Square, London W11 6AU
Charity No: 209230