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Archived: Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

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Overall: Good read more about inspection ratings

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Background to this inspection

Updated 22 February 2019

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is the only specialist heart and lung unit in the country that treats both children and adults. The trust is home to Europe's largest centre for the treatment and management of cystic fibrosis. The trust is one of the largest and most experienced centres in the world for heart and lung transplants. The hospital is a major centre for the treatment of:  lung cancer, chest cancer and oesophageal cancers.

The trust has a total of 428 inpatient beds, 57 day case beds and 23 inpatient wards, as well as approximately 289 outpatient clinics per week, across two main hospital sites and one outpatient and diagnostic site. The trust employs approximately 3688 staff.

In 2017/18, The Royal Brompton and Harefield saw 38277 patients – more than previous year.

As a specialist trust, Royal Brompton and Harefield takes referrals from all over the country and does not have a local population in the traditional sense, as such.

The trust has three locations registered with the CQC:

  • Royal Brompton Hospital - London
  • Harefield Hospital – Middlesex
  • Royal Brompton and Harefield Specialist care – London.

The Royal Brompton Hospital is situated in Chelsea. The specialties provided at this location are; surgery, intensive care, respiratory, cardiology, paediatric with paediatric intensive care unit.

The Harefield Hospital is situated in North London in Middlesex. The specialties provided at this location are; cardiac and thoracic surgery, cardiology, day care unit, adult intensive care and the transplant unit. 

The Specialist care at Wimpole Street offer consultations with Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital’s cardiologists and respiratory specialists. Further services include the extension of Inherited Cardiac Conditions Clinic, Heart Screening Clinic and Advanced Diagnostic Imaging. Notably, the service offers Cardiac PET Imaging with Rubidium — an advanced diagnostic tool which is available in a limited number of centers across the UK and London. Diagnostic tests also include MRI, CT, lung function, chest x-ray and monitoring services.

Overall inspection


Updated 22 February 2019

Our rating of the trust improved. We rated it as good because:

  • We rated safe, effective, caring and responsive as good.
  • We rated well-led for the trust overall as good.
  • We rated three of the four core services inspected as good and one service as outstanding. In rating the trust, we also took into account the current ratings of the services not inspected this time.

Our full Inspection report summarising what we found and the supporting Evidence appendix containing detailed evidence and data about the trust is available on our website www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RT3/reports