Cardiac catheter laboratories
Royal Brompton Hospital: 3rd Floor, Sydney wing
Harefield Hospital: main X-ray department
Telephone: 020 7352 8121
The cardiac catheter departments operate Monday to Friday with routine cases.
Royal Brompton Hospital
The Royal Brompton site comprises four cardiac catheter laboratories that use cutting-edge technology to carry out a variety of procedures including for paediatric patients, grown up congenital heart patient studies, electrophysiology, pacemaker devices and coronary intervention.
There is currently one single-plane and two bi-plane imaging systems, a new stereotaxis laboratory is due to open at the beginning of April 2008. This pioneering technology will combine both X-ray imaging and magnetically steered catheters and represents Royal Brompton’s continued commitment to remaining a centre of excellence for the UK.
The Harefield catheter laboratories consist of four rooms (one screening room, two fixed laboratories, and one mobile laboratory) and a mixture of single-plane and bi-plane angiographic equipment.
They are staffed by doctors, nurses, radiographers, cardiovascular technicians and health care assistants. A variety of procedures is undertaken within the department. These range from diagnostic X-rays (angiograms), revascularisation interventions (PTI), to insertion of permanent pacemakers and internal defibrillators or complex electrophysiology procedures.
Royal Brompton Hospital: Dr Tom Wong, director of catheter labs
Harefield Hospital: Dr Charles Ilsley, director of catheter labs