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Our hospital 

Mildmay is a charitable hospital based in East London.

We provide structured pathways of rehabilitation, treatment, services, and care for people with complex and severe HIV-related health conditions, including HIV-associated brain impairment (also known as HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorder or HAND).

In 2020, we added the Step-Down Homeless Medical Care Pathway. In 2022, we once again enhanced our services for people who are homeless with the addition of our REBUILD Pathway, providing post-detox inpatient rehabilitation care for patients who are homeless or rough sleeping.

In 2023, we launched the Neuro 2B Pathway, a specialist neurorehabilitation service for patients after their immediate medical and surgical needs have been met.

We maintain a pool of expertise and knowledge that is unsurpassed in Europe.

Our services


HIV Pathway

Patients arrive at Mildmay in need of 24-hour care, with some being unable to walk or talk when first admitted.

Mildmay provides a range of therapies and medical care combined with medication and rehabilitation, which means that 85 per cent of patients return to independent living in the community upon discharge from Mildmay.

Patients from all over the country are referred to the hospital and for many their lives are transformed beyond recognition.

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Step-down Homeless Medical Care Pathway

Mildmay delivers medical and rehabilitative care and treatment for people who are homeless or rough-sleeping and recuperating from illness or injury. 

Our medical respite/rehabilitation services help to prevent serious illness and unplanned hospital admissions, making Mildmay more cost-effective than standard care.

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Safe and effective inpatient post-detoxification, recovery-focused care for people who sleep rough, are in hostel accommodation and/or are at risk of returning to the streets.

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Neuro 2B Pathway

A Level 2B Specialist neurological rehabilitation service for patients after their immediate medical and surgical needs have been met.

Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care


Like most hospital settings, we offer chaplaincy support. Our Hospital’s Foundation is Christian, and we ensure that we welcome and respond to the needs of persons of all faiths and of none. In short, the chaplaincy presence touches all aspects of life at Mildmay, as the wellbeing of all individuals is our concern.

In 2019 an estimated 106,890 people were living with HIV in the UK.

People with a late diagnosis are much more likely to develop severe health conditions. This includes HIV associated neurocognitive disorders, which can present with symptoms similar to severe dementia.

93% of these people are diagnosed, and therefore know that they have HIV, but around 1 in 14 people living with HIV in the UK do not know that they have the virus and are at risk of passing HIV on to others.

As people are now living longer with HIV, the number of people with an HIV diagnosis who are aged 50 and over has seen an increase in recent years. Two in five people accessing HIV care in 2018 were aged 50 or over. 

Rough sleeping is on the rise:

  • The number of people estimated to be sleeping rough on a single night in autumn 2023 has risen by 27% since 2022. This is a decrease of 9% since 2019, which was before the introduction of COVID-19 related measures and is 18% lower than the peak in 2017. It is an increase of 120% since 2010 when the snapshot approach was introduced.

  • The rate of people sleeping rough on a single night in England in 2023 is 6.8 people per 100,000. This has increased since 2022 (5.4 per 100,000), though remains lower than the peak in 2017 (8.5 per 100,000)

  • Rough sleeping has increased in every region of England compared to the previous year.

  • The largest increase in the number of people estimated to be sleeping rough is in London, where there were 1,132 people this year compared to 858 people in 2022, an increase of 274 people or 32%.

  • Nearly half (46%) of all people sleeping rough on a single night in autumn are in London and the South East, which is similar to previous years.*

As a frontline homelessness organisation, we deliver positive outcomes for those experiencing homelessness.

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Support us

Mildmay is part-funded by the NHS for providing services, meaning that charitable contributions and donations are essential for maintaining, enhancing and developing our services.

This comes from charitable giving by donors, via legacies, church support, through company giving and from grants from charitable trusts and foundations.

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Visit our charity website to make a donation and support Mildmay Hospital.

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Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England.

It monitors, inspects and regulates services that provide health and social care, including the category within which Mildmay Mission Hospital sits: 'treatment, care and support provided by hospitals, GPs, dentists, ambulances and mental health services'.

“Mildmay Mission (Hospital) is a unique and impressive hospital. Staff provided additional support for patients, beyond clinical care. They had a detailed, holistic understanding about their patients’ lives and needs."


Professor Sir Mike Richards

The Chief Inspector of Hospitals

April 2017

Mildmay's CQC registration number is 1-2151037387.

Prince Harry formally opened our new hospital in 2015

HRH Prince Harry’s visit to Mildmay at the end of 2015 marked the official opening of our brand new, purpose-built hospital which replaced earlier buildings.

Harry also visited Mildmay to be interviewed for the excellent BBC One documentary The Truth About HIV which aired in 2017.

Diana, Princess of Wales

Diana visited Mildmay numerous times and had a profound impact breaking through the stigma around HIV and AIDS.

Today, thanks in part to Diana's support for our hospital, Mildmay is still at the forefront of HIV treatment and rehabilitation.

In addition, we are also working with people who are homeless or rough-sleeping and playing our part during the COVID-19 pandemic as well.

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Our history

Mildmay’s origins stretch back to the mid-1860s and the work carried out by The Reverend William Pennefather, a vicar at St Judes, and his wife Catherine.


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"Long-term HIV care is proving more challenging and complex than we ever imagined

Mildmay helps to bring new hope to thousands caught up in the continuing HIV crisis. I urge you to join me in supporting their work."

Dame Judi Dench CH DBE FRSA
Mildmay Patron

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