Cardiac catheter laboratories


Royal Brompton Hospital

Third floor, Sydney wing 

Harefield Hospital

Main X-ray department 


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, two bi-plane imaging systems and a stereotaxis laboratory. This pioneering technology combines both X-ray imaging and magnetically steered catheters and represents Royal Brompton Hospital’s continued commitment to remaining a centre of excellence for the UK.

Read about nursing in the catheter labs at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Harefield Hospital

Harefield Hospital's 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 healthcare 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.

Read about nursing in the catheter labs at Harefield Hospital. 

Department heads

Royal Brompton Hospital 

Dr Tom Wong, director of catheter labs

Harefield Hospital 

Dr Charles Ilsley, director of catheter labs