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Our history

The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust boasts a colourful history that spans several hundred years. Both the Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals have evolved from an era when poverty was rife, when doctors visited those who could afford it in their own homes and only the very destitute or desperate went to hospital, and when the survival of medical institutions depended on the kindness of benefactors. 

The two hospitals merged in 1998 to become the ‘Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust’. The boards of both trusts decided a merger would bring benefits to patients. This officially took place on 1 April 1998 and has led to many advances in treatment by successful cross-site working, such as transplantation for patients with cystic fibrosis. 

Today, the two hospitals are world-renowned leaders in the research and treatment of heart and lung disease and are recognised teaching institutions. 


The history of Harefield Hospital
The Trust's influential friends
The history of Royal Brompton Hospital
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