Harefield Hospital is situated in extensive grounds in the countryside just outside London. It is close to the M40, the M25 and within easy reach of Heathrow airport and has ample car parking.
Heart and lung expertise
The hospital has more than 900 staff, five operating theatres and four catheter laboratories. It has 149 beds, including 44 dedicated to cardiac and thoracic surgery, 30 in the transplant unit, 42 for cardiology and 18 for adult intensive care.
The hospital is one of the largest and most experienced centres in the world for heart and lung transplants. It has jointly pioneered work in the development of ‘artificial hearts’ (also known as left ventricular assist devices or LVADs).
At our dedicated Heart Attack Centre we deal with heart attack emergencies from outer north-west London, providing primary angioplasty in our specialist catheter laboratories. We believe our arrival-to-treatment time of 26 minutes is the fastest in Europe: speed of treatment has been shown to be crucial to survival in these cases.
Using sophisticated imaging technology we are able to diagnose many patients without the need for invasive procedures. In 2007 we acquired a 64-slice CT scanner capable of capturing a patient’s heart at a rate of 200 images per second.
Minimally invasive surgery
We are also pioneering work in minimally invasive surgery: allowing some patients to undergo surgery through a small incision only, minimising the impact of the procedure.
The hospital is a major centre for the treatment of lung cancer, chest cancer and oesophagal cancers, and other chest surgery.
Much of the hospital’s pioneering research is performed alongside the Heart Science Centre, which investigates the causes and treatments of heart disease and which is based within the hospital grounds.