STRUCTURE: The new Royal London Hospital has opened its doors for the first time.

The hospital, based in Whitechapel, contains 110 wards that were previously housed in facilities dating back to the 18th century, and unites all its clinical teams are under one roof for the first time.

The £650m building covers an area equivalent to 40 football pitches and houses more than 3,000 staff and patients.

Barts and the London Trust consultant maxillofacial trauma surgeon Simon Holmes said the new Royal London Hospital’s “world-class facilities” would make it easier to treat the many complex trauma cases he sees every year.

“It’s much easier to reassure a patient that you are going to rebuild their face to the highest standard if you have state-of-the-art operating theatres and a modern, spacious ward for them to recuperate in.

“At last we have fantastic facilities to reflect the excellent clinical work the hospital is renowned for.”

The project has thrown up some interesting figures: alongside the 11,000 boxes that have been moved, 52,000 pieces of new furniture and equipment were installed in the new hospital, along with more than 1,000 toilets.

More than 12,000 keys have been cut and 75,000 bed sheets, 28,000 towels and 3,000 new pillows have been delivered for the first patients.