Royal Brompton Hospital (National Heart and Lung Institute)

District General Hospital | London, United Kingdom

Hospital description

The Royal Brompton Hospital is also the UK’s National Heart and Lung Institute. It is situated in central London and in addition to the specialist heart and lung facilities, provides a diverse range of medical specialties to the Chelsea borough. The hospital has more than 1,600 staff, five operating theatres and four catheter laboratories. It also offers paediatric intensive care. The hospital has developed international leadership in both heart and lung fields, which has enabled it to attract the best staff from around the world. As a teaching hospital, the consultants also provide international tuition and publish research papers that set national and international medical standards.

Heart and lung expertise
The Royal Brompton Hospital has 160 years experience in treating lung disease and over this time has developed an international reputation for the treatment offered. It operates Europe’s largest centre for the treatment and management of cystic fibrosis and receives nationwide referrals. The lung centre at the hospital also provides care and treatment for those with asthma and chronic lung conditions including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

The hospital is also a national and international leaderfor treating heart conditions and it runs many large research trials, which have led to significant developments in this specialty. It has an adult congenital heart disease unit, which is the largest unit in Europe and which is also the first of its kind in Europe. In 2005 the Royal Brompton acquired the UK’s first ever dedicated cardiac CT scanner, enabling it to diagnose coronary disease at an earlier stage. The hospital actually has the largest cardiac magnetic resonance centre in the world and over 50 per cent of the UK’s cardiovascular magnetic resonance scanning (high-definition scans of the heart) are undertaken here.

Acute care
Royal Brompton also has dedicated adult and paediatric intensive care units, with seven dedicated adult critical care consultants and one of the UK’s largest academic research programmes in intensive care medicine.


Hospital type District General Hospital
Local language English
Funding Status Public


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