Royal Brompton Hospital, St Thomas’ cardiology department, and Harefield Hospital in the top 120 centres in the world for cardiology care

Royal Brompton Hospital, St Thomas’ cardiology department, and Harefield Hospital have been identified as three of the best centres in the world for cardiology care by the American weekly news magazine, Newsweek.

Earlier this year, Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, bringing three world-renowned cardiac centres together with the vision to revolutionise care for heart patients for generations to come.

The American weekly news magazine, Newsweek, publishes an annual ranking of the world’s best hospitals in a number of specialised fields. The ‘World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022’ identifies and honours the very best hospitals through a global survey of medical professionals (doctors, health care professionals and hospital managers). Only 12 UK hospitals made the top 250 for cardiology.

Royal Brompton Hospital was ranked ninth in the cardiology category – the only UK hospital to appear in the list’s top 70 and ranking one place higher than last year; St Thomas’ cardiology department ranked at number 75, and Harefield Hospital at number 119. 

The results are based on peer recommendations for specific areas of expertise from doctors, health care professionals, hospital managers and administrators from over 20 countries. Newsweek partnered with global market research and consumer data firm Statista Inc. to run the survey, which saw more than 40,000 medical experts recommend and assess various hospitals within their respective specialisations. The results of the survey were then validated by a global board of renowned medical experts. The other categories in the survey are endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, neurology, orthopaedics, paediatric and adolescent medicine, cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, and pulmonology.

Commenting on the announcement, Dr Richard Grocott-Mason, Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals’ managing director, said: “It is fantastic that our teams have been recognised by peers across the world. We joined Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust because they share our values for innovation and transformation to improve patient care. By coming together we will build on our collective strengths to shape and lead the way in heart care and research on an international stage. Congratulations to all our colleagues for this well-deserved acknowledgement.”

In the category for cardiac surgery, Royal Brompton was 19th, Harefield was 87th and Guy’s and St Thomas’ cardiac surgery department was 100th. The Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) Service at Royal Brompton was also ranked eighth for pulmonology, the only PH service in the UK in the top 90. Read the full Newsweek report here.