Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals’ merger with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in February 2021 formed one of the largest and strongest healthcare organisations in Europe. The merger of the two NHS foundation trusts means the creation of a newly expanded Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, with Royal Brompton and Harefield forming a new Clinical Group within the Trust. This means our clinicians and teams continue to build on the partnership work established over the past three years, working more closely together, and generally providing services to the same patients and in the same places as they do now.
With our combined expertise, clinical and academic teams are now unparalleled and will continue to deliver exceptional care to patients, as well as drive research forward into new and better treatments. The merger of the two Trusts provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to combine leading specialist cardiothoracic services and transform heart and lung care on a national and international stage.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust is one of the world’s most prestigious and respected teaching hospitals, with a proud history of high-quality care, clinical excellence and innovation that dates back more than 900 years. The Trust is also part of King’s Health Partners, an Academic Health Sciences Centre that pioneers health research and provides high-quality teaching and education.
Our expertise has resulted in life-saving innovations, such as the first blood transfusion in 1818, and the world’s first mitral heart valve replacement on a beating heart in 2014.
We have been recognised as one of the World’s Best Smart Hospitals and listed top UK provider by Newsweek in 2022 for our state-of-the-art digital imaging technology to improve patient care and outcomes.
Private patients benefit from the combined expertise provided by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Private Healthcare and Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care with greater access to our world-leading expert heart and lung care, the latest technology and innovations.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Private Healthcare provides a unique combination of world-class complex care and medical services for adults and children, offering lifelong care for the whole family. With consultant-led care, and support from multidisciplinary teams, private patients are in safe and caring hands. Conveniently located in central London, patients can enjoy the comfort of a private facility and modern inpatient rooms that provide stunning views across the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament, and many of London’s iconic landmarks.
Our complex care specialties include cardiology, respiratory, thoracic and vascular surgery. We also have the largest adult and children’s renal transplantation programme in Europe, as well as a comprehensive range of services in paediatrics, fertility, maternity gynaecology, general surgery and medicine.
Evelina London, as one of only two specialist children’s hospitals in London, offers a unique range of medical and surgical services from before birth to childhood and into adult life. We are honoured to have the Princess of Wales as Patron of Evelina London.
Our comprehensive clinical services range from treatment of routine conditions to complex care for babies and children requiring multidisciplinary support and intensive care. Many of our specialist services are internationally recognised as centres of excellence.
With a long and proud history, Evelina London boasts leading expertise in fetal cardiology, cardiac intervention, cardiac surgery, respiratory services and renal transplantation. Our paediatric renal service is the largest in Europe and provides blood group compatible kidney transplants for private patients. We also specialise in managing complex nephrotic syndrome, reno-vascular patients and transplant urology for adolescents.
Our innovations include the UK’s first and largest fetal cardiology unit, the world’s first MRI-guided children’s heart valve surgery, and fetal cardiac intervention. We continue to pioneer new techniques in advanced cardiac imaging with a world-leading fetal cardiac MRI programme to identify pre-birth heart issues and lead the first 3D echo programme. Our commitment to research will transform patient care, with cutting-edge applications such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
Our expert consultants provide care for routine conditions to complex care, including: allergy; cardiology and cardiac surgery; ENT; general surgery and urology; metabolic medicine; neurosciences; ophthalmology; renal transplantation and nephrology; respiratory and speech and language therapy.
We have made significant investment with the opening of Sky Ward, our new cardiac and critical care unit, which offers private cubicles and a modern welcoming environment for children and families. Our future plans include a new day surgery unit, which will transform paediatric services and support our vision to improve the lives of children and young people by putting our patients and their families at the heart of everything we do.
Our expertise in women’s services covers the full breadth of treatment for common and complex conditions in fertility, gynaecology and maternity.
The Assisted Conception Unit at Guy’s Hospital is known worldwide as an innovator in fertility treatments. It is one of the leading providers of assisted conception techniques in the UK. A wide range of fertility treatments have been pioneered at the unit, including our pre-implantation genetic testing service, which is now one of the largest in the country.
We pride ourselves on the highest standards of personalised care and offer all common assisted conception techniques, including in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), donor treatments and fertility preservation (including ovarian tissue cryopreservation) for cancer patients. Our highly experienced teams of consultants, nurses, embryologists and counsellors are experts in investigating, assessing and treating infertility and provide dedicated support throughout the patient’s fertility journey.
We provide a comprehensive range of gynaecology services, from routine check-ups to assessment, diagnostics, and treatment. Our renowned team of consultant gynaecologists perform low-risk procedures to complex surgery and provide services for reproductive medicine, recurrent miscarriage, uterine fibroid management, endometriosis, pelvic pain and urogynaecology.
The Westminster Maternity Suite has been offering private maternity services for over 25 years. As part of one of the UK’s most comprehensive and highly regarded NHS teaching hospitals, our highly skilled team expertly manage a range of pregnancies with access to full intensive care facilities should the need arise.
The co-location of maternity and paediatric services at Evelina London means women and children receive a comprehensive private healthcare service with a full spectrum of world-leading medical and surgical care at one location. Our obstetric consultants work closely with fetal and paediatric clinicians, supported by experienced multidisciplinary teams to provide complete care for mother and baby at every stage.
Our renal and transplant service has been a leader in kidney care since the 1970s, and is internationally recognised as one of the largest and most established renal units in the world. We have a long history of providing comprehensive live donor transplantation and a special interest in complex transplant cases in adults and children, which attracts referrals from around the UK and internationally.
Our services include the UK’s largest antibody incompatible transplant programme for adults, and the only such programme for children. It was the first service in the UK to offer robotic transplantation and also routinely performs robot donor nephrectomy. We also care for renal failure patients with urology problems and have specialist expertise in complex transplant urology reconstructive surgery.
Other specialist services include all aspects of renal care, including comprehensive diagnostics and treatment with subspecialist clinics including vasculitis, lupus, polycystic kidney disease, tubular disorders and other rare renal diseases. We have a large and successful haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis programme and can offer a comprehensive service to accommodate overseas patients.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ has one of the largest cardiovascular centres in the country, providing comprehensive cardiology, cardiac and vascular services. Our history of innovation includes the first congenital heart disease interventions, coronary bypass grafting surgery and the world’s first transcatheter mitral valve replacement procedure which was performed at St Thomas’ in 2013.
Our unit is at the forefront of pioneering cardiovascular treatment, leading the way in a number of procedures such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). We continue to pioneer with a multidisciplinary specialist valve clinic to improve patient outcomes by integrating care pathways to deliver expert care, accurate diagnosis and timely referral for intervention. Our consultants lead in research, developing new imaging and technical solutions to otherwise complex clinical problems.
Our unique respiratory service offers life-changing treatment for patients with acute severe heart or lung failure with a variety of life support technologies, including basic and advanced conventional ventilation, as well as extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support.
Our intensive care unit (ICU) provides full multiple organ support to patients with a variety of medical and surgical problems and accommodate in-ICU rehabilitation as part of their stay. Care is provided by an experienced multidisciplinary team with significant expertise in all forms of acute lung pathology, combining novel treatment approaches with rehabilitation on ECMO that has enabled many patients to survive.
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care is based across three convenient London locations. Private patients can choose to be treated at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Chelsea, Harefield Hospital in Middlesex, or at our dedicated outpatients and diagnostics facility in the Harley Street Medical Area.
Prestigious achievements include multiple awards in recognition of our world-class specialist heart and lung care services and in 2022 we continue to been named in Newsweek’s list of world’s best heart hospitals. The hospitals have also won an International Medical Travel Journal award as the best specialist international patient centre in the world.
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care is the largest specialist heart and lung centre in the UK. Our hospitals are known throughout the world for their expertise, standard of care and research success. From our diagnostic specialists, to our doctors and nurses, every member of our multidisciplinary team has dedicated themselves to a lifetime of advancement in this field. Their knowledge and experience in cardiothoracic care is second to none.
Our team of expert consultants can provide support in: cardiology; cardiac surgery; intensive care; respiratory medicine; thoracic surgery; vascular surgery; paediatric care; diagnostic services and outpatients clinics; and comprehensive clinical support.
As a large post-graduate teaching centre, Royal Brompton & Harefield hospitals can offer the very best care, 24 hours a day, with the benefit of on-site support services. Every patient can be confident that each decision made for them is founded on the most cutting-edge research available. We provide access to the most comprehensive range of advanced surgical, medical and diagnostic facilities. No matter where a patient’s treatment journey takes them, our world-leading experts and multidisciplinary team remain close by their side, reassuring and guiding their complete journey of care – as we have been for over 100 years.
Nestled in the heart of Chelsea, Royal Brompton Hospital was founded in the 1840s and is at the forefront of advancing heart and lung care. In its first decades, the hospital was supported by kind benefactors, including the Royal Family and the author Charles Dickens. Royal patronage has continued and the main building, Sydney Wing, was opened in 1991 by Her late Majesty the Queen. In the same year, the hospital was granted a Royal Charter.
The hospital has an international reputation for the treatment of lung disease – the result of over 170 years’ experience. It is also an international leader in the treatment of heart conditions, with large research trials leading to significant developments. In May 2022 The Princess Royal officially opened the brand-new, £50m state-of-the-art diagnostic centre, providing the very latest imaging technology services to patients under one roof.
On Royal Brompton Hospital’s private Sir Reginald Wilson Ward, dedicated staff care for cardiothoracic surgery patients, cardiology and respiratory patients in 28 spacious single-occupancy, en-suite rooms. “We have access to some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment and medical devices in the world,” explains general manager Fred Sendaula.
As a centre of excellence, Harefield Hospital has offered expert heart and lung care for many years. It has a long history of treating international patients. In fact, it was originally established in 1915 to treat injured soldiers from Australia and New Zealand.
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub established the largest heart and lung transplantation programme in the world at Harefield Hospital. The current hospital building is a late Art Deco design, opened in 1937 by the Duke of Gloucester. Over the years, the hospital has increased in size and been completely refurbished with state-of-the-art facilities.
Harefield Hospital boasts modern private inpatient and outpatient areas with diagnostic suites. Juniper Ward is the dedicated private inpatient ward, offering 16 modern rooms with en-suite bathrooms. “We can arrange same-day or short-notice appointments with our respiratory and cardiac consultants. Our rapid diagnostics service offers MRI, echocardiography, CT, lung function and non-invasive tests,” explains Gerri Hamer, general manager for private patients.
Based in the renowned Harley Street Medical Area, the recently expanded Wimpole Street facility is Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care's central hub, offering outpatient and diagnostic care for patients with heart and lung conditions. In addition, practicing privileges are offered to other physicians and physiotherapists, who are not normally based at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.
At 77 Wimpole Street, private patients are offered a range of advanced diagnostic tests on the same day as their appointment with our experts, ensuring maximum convenience in their care. Zohreh Palmer, general manager, ensures 77 Wimpole Street is a top location for patients: “We have the leading cardiac and respiratory specialists working here, and we recently welcomed colleagues from Guy’s and St Thomas’ to provide comprehensive women’s health services at the centre.”
Services offered include: same-day consultations for respiratory and cardiac conditions; the latest imaging scans, MRI, CT and PET-CT, including Rubidium cardiac imaging; non-invasive cardiology, including cardiac monitoring, exercise tolerance tests and ECG; other diagnostic tests, such as echocardiography, lung function, chest x-ray, and sleep studies.
Across our hospitals, dedicated international patient teams are available to help by providing tailored support for each patient.
The team of international patient coordinators are fluent in Arabic, and help ensure that the patient’s cultural, religious and language needs are met. If other languages are required, a professional interpreter is present; if there are any queries, international patients can depend on the team for support.
The teams regularly liaise with embassies and international contacts and advises on referrals – such as which consultant is most appropriate for a patient’s needs – and also provide support with arranging appointments and admission to the hospital.
Each hospital also offers support for the religious and spiritual needs of patients, their relatives and friends. A multi-faith prayer room offers quiet spaces to pray or reflect, with prayer mats and a male/female divider available.
We want every patient to access the latest heart and lung care available, wherever they are in the world, and we believe the key to achieving this is professional development. That’s why we have created our new website – rbhh-education.co.uk – a one-stop resource with all our educational content and training opportunities.
Healthcare providers across the globe can access:
Events: run by Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, as well as all external events that relate to heart and lung care, such as virtual study days and conferences;
Expert Talks: online webinars delivered by our world-leading specialists on the latest treatments, innovations, surgical techniques and treatment guidelines;
Courses: a range of in-depth online courses developed by our experts, from cardiac imaging to surgery and medico-legal training;
Bespoke training opportunities: including our clinical fellowships, clinical observerships, consultancy and collaboration opportunities, visiting doctor programme and mentoring programme.
Our overseas partners can access intensive clinical education programmes to further develop their expertise in certain interventional specialities. Programmes are designed to help training clinicians integrate into the team so they can maximise their learning outcomes and meet development needs.
To find out more about our specialist services, contact us:
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Private Healthcare
T: +44 (0)20 7188 5197
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care
T: +44 (0)20 3553 3180