Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust is an internationally renowned centre for heart and lung services. Our brand identity is strong and clear: delivering the best clinical care and the best research for patients with heart and lung disease.
Heart and Lung diseases are the world’s biggest killers and our experts care for patients who come from across the UK and overseas, not only from our local areas.
Our integrated approach to caring for patients from the womb, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood and old age has been replicated around the world and has gained the Trust an international reputation as a leader in heart and lung diagnosis, treatment, and research.
Research programmes play a vital role at both our hospitals. This because the most talented medical experts are rarely content with using tried and tested methods to treat their patients. The opportunity to influence the course of modern medicine by developing new treatments is a prospect that attracts them to specialist centres, where research opportunities are a fundamental part of delivering patient care. As well as travelling internationally to lecture and share their knowledge, our clinicians hold prominent positions on influential boards, committees, institutions and professional associations.
Our closest academic partners are the National Heart and Lung Institute in the Faculty of Medicine Imperial College London and the Harefield Heart Science Centre. Through our clinical research studies we also have active collaborations with hospital and universities across the UK, most notably with Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital in the Joint Institute for Cardiovascular Medicine and Science. This partnership also reflects the Trust’s desire to develop partnerships outside its usual geographical boundaries.
Over the years our experts have been responsible for several major medical breakthroughs – discovering the genetic mutations responsible for the heart condition dilated cardiomyopathy, founding the largest centre for the development of new treatments for cystic fibrosis in Europe and pioneering heart surgery for newborn infants.
Our hospitals do not operate in a vacuum; fully integrated networks of care exist with partner organisations and many of our clinicians have joint appointments with neighbouring trusts.
Our experts promote the principle of ‘shared care’ through an expanding system of consultant-delivered outreach clinics, at which they see patients at over 30 hospitals across the South East, covering Essex, Sussex, Surrey, Hertfordshire , and Middlesex. This system allows patients to benefit from specialist expertise in their local environment, with inpatient care at our hospitals as needed.