Harefield Hospital

Harefield Hospital buildingHeart and lung expertise 

The hospital has more than 1,300 staff, five operating theatres and four catheter laboratories. Harefield Hospital has 168 beds, including beds for:  

  • cardiac and thoracic surgery
  • cardiology
  • day case unit
  • adult intensive care
  • the transplant unit. 

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 27 minutes is one of the fastest in Europe. Speed of treatment has been shown to be crucial to survival in these cases.

Minimally invasive surgery 

We are also pioneering work in minimally invasive surgery which allows some patients to undergo surgery through a small incision, minimising the impact of the procedure.

The hospital is a major centre for the treatment of: 

  • lung cancer
  • chest cancer and oesophagal cancers
  • 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 is based on the hospital grounds.




General information


Wheelchair access

Wheelchair access is available at Harefield Hospital through the main entrance. All patient areas are accessible by wheelchair.

Access Guides 

We have worked with AccessAble to provide detailed accessibility information for all of our departments, wards and services. See the access guide for Harefield Hospital. 

Changing Places toilet

Changing Places toilets are specially equipped for people with significant learning and physical disabilities, and their carers, to use safely and with dignity. 

The Changing Places toilet at Harefield Hospital is next to the hospital's restaurant, The Hungry Hare, opposite the main hospital entrance. Visit the Changing Places website for more information.

Further information on access and support for disabled patients and visitors.  

Harefield Hospital nursery

Contact us

Phone: 01895 828898

Email: nursery2@rbht.nhs.uk

Address: Harefield Hospital Day Nursery, Hill End Road, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6JH

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm (closed bank holidays and between Christmas & New Year)


Our nursery provides day care and education for children aged between 5 months and 5 years. We accept children from:

  • parents employed by Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals
  • other NHS employees
  • families who live or work locally

We provide full time, part time and emergency childcare places. Please contact the nursery for availability.

Ofsted rated Harefield Hospital nursery as outstanding at their last inspection in 2020.


We follow the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework. This sets the standards that we must meet for:

  • learning and development
  • assessment
  • safeguarding and welfare

We make sure we are supporting:

  • children's learning and development
  • children's health
  • children's safety
  • parents

We also have a nursery at St Thomas' Hospital.