Patient information leaflets

Patient information leaflets

After your angiogram or angioplasty - Royal Brompton Hospital (338KB)
Advice to help you recover as quickly as possible after your angiogram or angioplasty.

After your angiogram or angioplasty - Harefield Hospital (1.03MB)
Advice to help you recover as quickly as possible after your angiogram or angioplasty.

After your heart operation - Royal Brompton Hospital (2.17MB)
This booklet gives you general information about going home after your heart operation.

After your primary angioplasty - Harefield Hospital (446KB)
This leaflet gives you general information to support your recovery after your primary angioplasty.

Cardiac catheterisation (for children) (1.33MB)
This leaflet gives parents and carers general information about cardiac catheterisation for their children.

Cardiomyopathy day case clinic (532KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your appointment in the cardiomyopathy day case clinic.

Congenital heart disease transition clinic (PDF, 490KB)
This leaflet will help you move from children's services to adult services

DVLA regulations for patients with ICDs (369KB)
This leaflet explains the current driving regulations for patients with ICDs, as agreed between the DVLA and its cardiology advisory panel.

Endocarditis (103KB)
A guide to endocarditis and how you can reduce your risk of developing it.

Fitness for surgery clinic - Harefield Hospital (504KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about the fitness for surgery clinic. The aim of the clinic is to carry out a number of tests to make sure you are fit enough to have cardiac surgery.

Having a MitraClip prodecure (458KB)
This leaflet is for patients with mitral regurgitation, who may be suitable for a MitraClip procedure to repair the mitral valve.

Inherited cardiovascular conditions day case clinic (517KB)
This leaflet gives you information about the inherited cardiovascular conditions service.

Living with your ICD - Royal Brompton Hospital (464KB)
This leaflet is a general guide on living with and adapting to life with your implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD).

Living with your pacemaker - Royal Brompton Hospital (460KB)
This leaflet is a general guide on living with and adapting to life with a pacemaker.

Managing your pain after cardiac device insertion (334KB)
This leaflet is a general guide to managing your pain after cardiac device insertion.

Pacing clinic - Harefield Hospital (380KB)
This leaflet provides information about the Harefield Hospital pacing clinic, a follow-up clinic for patients who have had a pacemaker fitted.

Paediatric cardiomyopathy clinic - Royal Brompton Hospital (455KB)
This leaflet is about your visit to the cardiomyopathy clinic at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Rapid access heart function clinic - Harefield Hospital (169KB)
This information sheet provides details about your appointment at the rapid access heart function clinic.

Small ventricular septal defect (VSD) (277KB)
This leaflet looks at what a VSD is, how it is diagnosed and treated, and how you would need to monitor your child and their daily activities if they suffer from this condition. 

Transition: information for young people growing up with congenital heart disease (103KB)
We have written this leaflet to give you information on a process called "transition". This is the time during which you move from the paediatric (children's) cardiology service, which has cared for you since you were diagnosed with a heart condition, to the adult service.

What is pulmonary hypertension? - Royal Brompton Hospital (637KB)
This leaflet provides you with information about pulmonary hypertension and what to expect during your time in hospital.

Your coronary angiogram - Harefield Hospital (273KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your coronary angiogram.

Your coronary angiogram - Royal Brompton Hospital (520KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your coronary angiogram.

Your coronary angioplasty - Harefield Hospital (275KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on your coronary angioplasty.

Your coronary angioplasty - Royal Brompton Hospital (521KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on your coronary angioplasty.

Your transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) (1MB)
Information about TAVI, a non-invasive, heart valve replacement procedure

Going home after your aortic valve implantation (TAVI) (269KB)
This leaflet explains what to expect and how you might feel after your TAVI implant. 

About the children's cardiac nurse specialist team (332KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about our clinical nurse specialists in children's cardiac care.

Cardiac catheterisation (for children) (1.33MB)
This leaflet gives parents and carers general information about cardiac catheterisation for their children.

Children on long-term assisted ventilation at home (175KB)
A general guide to help carers and healthcare teams work together to plan the space and equipment to use at home.

Clinic for inherited cardiovascular conditions (179KB)
This leaflet gives you information about the clinic for inherited cardiovascular conditions at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Congenital heart disease transition clinic (489KB)
Helping you move from children's services to adult services

Family liaison service (650 KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about our family liaison service.

Fetal cardiology service (21KB)
Royal Brompton Hospital - details of our specialist team that cares for babies with heart conditions. 

Innocent heart murmur (370KB)
This leaflet gives information about innocent heart murmurs.

Paediatric cardiomyopathy clinic - Royal Brompton Hospital (455KB)
This leaflet is about your visit to the cardiomyopathy clinic at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Paediatric critical care - information for parents and carers (506KB)
This leaflet provides information for parents and carers about paediatric critical care, for example, the different hospital teams you will meet.

Small ventricular septal defect (VSD) (277KB)
This leaflet explains what a VSD is, how we diagnose and treat this condition, and what you will need to monitor in your child if they suffer from this. 

Transition: information for young people growing up with congenital heart disease (103KB)
We have written this leaflet to give you information on a process called "transition". This is the time during which you move from the paediatric (children's) cardiology service, which has cared for you since you were diagnosed with a heart condition, to the adult service.

When your child goes home after heart surgery (487KB)
Information to help you when your child is going home after his or her heart surgery at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Your child's difficult asthma assessment (2.46MB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your child's difficult asthma assessment.

Your child's cystic fibrosis clinic (81KB)
Royal Brompton Hospital - What to expect if your child is coming in to our clinic.

Your child's sleep study - Royal Brompton Hospital (922KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on your child's sleep study.

You child's stay in hospital (373KB)
This booklet gives information about your child's stay in the children's department at Royal Brompton Hospital. 

Your pre-operative skin wash (335KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your child's pre-operative skin wash.

After your heart operation - Royal Brompton (2.17MB)
This booklet gives you general information about going home after your heart operation.

Cardiac catheterisation (for children) (1.33MB)
This leaflet gives parents and carers general information about cardiac catheterisation for their children.

Innocent heart murmur (370KB)
This leaflet gives information about innocent heart murmurs.

Paediatric critical care - information for parents and carers (506KB)
This leaflet provides information for parents and carers about paediatric critical care, for example, the different hospital teams you will meet.

When your child goes home after heart surgery (487KB)
Information to help you when your child is going home after his or her heart surgery at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Are you visiting the UK - Find out if you have to pay for your hospital treatment (285KB)
This leaflet gives visitors to the UK information about how to find out if you have to pay for your hospital treatment.

Candida auris - a patient's guide (162KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about Candida auris – a type of micro-organism (germ).

Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions (646KB)
This leaflet gives general information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Freedom of information (233KB)
This leaflet tells you about the Act, what it means to you and the systems and procedures we have put into practice to make sure we comply with the Act.

Getting help with travel costs when coming to hospital (197KB)
Updated February 2018

Information about hospital transport (304KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about our transport service for patients.

Information for families following a bereavement (371KB)
This information has been adapted from a document produced by the National Quality Board and was developed with the support of families and healthcare organisations. 

Information for families following the death of a child (401KB)
This information is about the bereavement and support services available to families whose child has died while they were a patient of Royal Brompton Hospital. 

Information for inpatients - Royal Brompton Hospital (2.63MB)
This booklet gives general information about your stay as an inpatient at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Paediatric critical care - information for parents and carers (506KB)
This leaflet provides information for parents and carers about paediatric critical care, for example, the different hospital teams you will meet.

PALS - we are here to help you (307KB)
This leaflet provides information about our patient advice and liaison service (PALS).

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) patient passport (PDF, 384KB)
This 'PH passport' contains all the information you need about your pulmonary hypertension (PH) care and treatment. 

Volunteers - are you a really big hearted helper? (62KB)
Details on all our opportunities for volunteers. 

Your outpatient appointment - Harefield Hospital (365KB)
Information about your outpatient appointment at Harefield Hospital, including getting to hospital, who you will see, booking an interpreter and follow-up appointments.

24-hour blood pressure monitor test - Harefield Hospital (349KB)
This leaflet explains why you might need a 24-hour blood pressure monitor test, and what happens during and after the test at Harefield Hospital.

24-hour ECG - Harefield Hospital
A leaflet about your 24-hour ECG (electrocardiogram), also known as Holter monitoring. 

After your angiogram or angioplasty - Royal Brompton Hospital (338KB)
Advice to help you recover as quickly as possible after your angiogram or angioplasty.

Cardiac catheterisation (for children) (1.33MB)
This leaflet gives parents and carers general information about cardiac catheterisation for their children.

Cardiomyopathy day case clinic (532KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your appointment in the cardiomyopathy day case clinic.

Exercise tolerance (stress) test - Harefield Hospital (365KB)
This leaflet gives information on an Exercise Tolerance (stress) test.

Having a cardiac CT scan (497KB)
This leaflet gives general information about having a cardiac CT scan.

Having a CT coronary angiography scan (497KB)
This leaflet provides general information about your CT coronary angiography scan.

Having a CT scan (321KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your CT scan.

Inherited cardiovascular conditions day case clinic - Harefield Hospital (532KB)
This leaflet gives you information about the inherited cardiovascular conditions service.

Rapid access heart function clinic - Harefield Hospital (169KB)
This information sheet provides details about your appointment at the rapid access heart function clinic.

Seven-day ECG (Holter monitoring) - Harefield Hospital (373KB)
Information about a seven-day ECG (Holter monitoring).

Tilt test - Harefield Hospital (509KB)
This leaflet explains why you might need a Tilt test, and what happens during and after the test at Harefield Hospital.

Vasovagal syncope (common faints) (343KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on vasovagal syncope (common faints).

Your cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) scan (351KB)
This leaflet provides information about your cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) scan.

Your coronary angiogram - Harefield Hospital (273KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your coronary angiogram.

Your coronary angiogram - Royal Brompton Hospital (520KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your coronary angiogram.

Your coronary angioplasty - Harefield Hospital (275KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on your coronary angioplasty.

Your coronary angioplasty - Royal Brompton Hospital (521KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on your coronary angioplasty.

Your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan - Harefield Hospital (395KB)
This leaflet gives you information on your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan. This scan shows how well your heart muscle is being supplied with blood.

Your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan - Royal Brompton Hospital (467KB)
This leaflet gives you information on your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan. This scan shows how well your heart muscle is being supplied with blood.

Your stress echocardiogram - Royal Brompton Hospital (424KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on your stress echocardiogram (echo). This test helps your doctor understand how your heart copes when it is made to work harder, such as during exercise.

Having a cardiac CT scan (497KB)
This leaflet gives general information about having a cardiac CT scan.

Having a CT coronary angiography scan (497KB)
This leaflet provides general information about your CT coronary angiography scan.

Having a CT guided needle lung biopsy (596KB)
This leaflet gives general information about a CT guided needle lung biopsy.

Having a CT scan (321KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your CT scan.

SPECT-CT scan - Harefield Hospital (57KB)
This leaflet gives information about what a SPECT-CT scan is and what happens when you have your appointment.

Your cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) scan (351KB)
This leaflet provides information about your cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) scan.

Your nuclear medicine bone scan - Harefield Hospital (508KB)
This leaflet provides information about your nuclear medicine bone scan.

Your nuclear medicine DMSA kidney scan - Harefield Hospital (121KB)
This information sheet gives you details about your appointment for a kidney scan.

Your nuclear medicine MAG3 renogram - Harefield Hospital (60KB)
This leaflet gives you information about your nuclear medicine MAG3 renogram scan.

Your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan - Harefield Hospital (395KB)
This leaflet gives you information on your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan. This scan shows how well your heart muscle is being supplied with blood.

Your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan - Royal Brompton Hospital (519KB)
This leaflet gives you information on your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan. This scan shows how well your heart muscle is being supplied with blood.

Your nuclear medicine thyroid scan - Harefield Hospital (153KB)
This information sheet gives you details about your appointment for a thyroid scan.

Candida auris - a patient's guide (162KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about Candida auris – a type of micro-organism (germ).

Endocarditis (103KB)
A guide to endocarditis and how you can reduce your risk of developing it.

Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) information for patients, carers, relatives and visitors (154KB)
Extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL) are enzymes produced by bacteria. ESBL producing bacteria are usually found in the bowel, where they can survive harmlessly without causing an infection.

Hygiene and wound care for heart and lung operation patients (1.08MB)
This leaflet gives general information on hygiene and wound care for heart and lung operation patients, and explains what you can do to help reduce the risk of your surgical wound becoming infected.

Information about MRSA (297 KB)
The leaflet gives you information about MRSA, including how to stop MRSA from spreading. 

Your pre-operative skin wash (335KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your child's pre-operative skin wash.

Having CT guided needle lung biopsy (596KB)
This leaflet gives general information about a CT guided needle lung biopsy.

Your child's difficult asthma assessment (2.46MB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your child's difficult asthma assessment.

Your continuous laryngoscopy during exercise (CLE) test (606KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about a continuous laryngoscopy during exercise (CLE) test.

Your lung function tests - Royal Brompton Hospital (353KB)
This booklet gives general information on some of the lung function tests available to see how well your lungs work.

Azathioprine monitoring (634KB)
Information about your immunosuppression treatement. 

Children on long-term assisted ventilation at home (175KB)
A general guide to help carers and healthcare teams work together to plan the space and equipment to use at home.

Cyclophosphamide monitoring (543KB)
This leaflet provides a cyclophosphamide monitoring and dosage record for respiratory patients with interstitial lung disease.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe lung failure (1.29MB)
This leaflet gives general information about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe lung failure to relatives and friends of patients who may benefit from this treatment.

Information about lipoprotein apheresis (723KB)
This leaflet gives general information about lipoprotein apheresis which is used lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.

Managing your pain after cardiac device insertion (334KB)
This leaflet is a general guide to managing your pain after cardiac device insertion.

Mycophenolate monitoring - Royal Brompton Hospital (660KB)
This leaflet provides a mycophenolate monitoring and dosage record for respiratory patients with interstitial lung disease at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Patient controlled analgesia (PCA) (410KB)
How to use a pump for pain relief after surgery. A PCA pump gives a fixed amount of pain relief medication (analgesia), controlled by the patient.

Physiotherapy at home (163KB)
This booklet gives advice on how to continue your exercises and rehabilitation at home after your cardiac surgery. It will help to guide you on your way back to fitness. 

Slips, trips and falls (334KB)
The risk of falling increases as you get older. It does not mean that falling cannot be avoided. This leaflet gives information on how to help prevent or minimise falls.

The adult asthma psychology service (186KB)
This leaflet provides information about the adult asthma psychology service which helps patients cope with the emotional effects of having severe asthma or other upper airway condition. 

What is cryotherapy?
This leaflet provides information about cryotherapy and lung cancer. 

Your medicines delivered by pharmacy homecare services (241KB)
This leaflet gives general information about what will happen if your medicines are supplied by the homecare service, instead of a hospital or your GP.

Your peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) or midline catheter (270KB)
This leaflet gives general information about using and looking after your peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) or midline catheter at home. 

Your pulmonary rehabilitation course - Harefield Hospital (393KB)
What happens in the pulmonary rehabilitation programme - what you'll learn, how it can help you, and where to find a class.

Your pulmonary rehabilitation programme - Royal Brompton Hospital (415KB)
What happens in the pulmonary rehabilitation programme at Royal Brompton Hospital.  

Bereavement support (398KB)
The bereavement support booklet contains some practical advice and information about support groups following the death of a loved one.

Information for families following a bereavement (371KB)
This information has been adapted from a document produced by the National Quality Board and was developed with the support of families and healthcare organisations. 

Information for families following the death of a child (401KB)
This information is about the bereavement and support services available to families whose child has died while they were a patient of Royal Brompton Hospital. 

PALS - we are here to help you (306KB)
This leaflet provides information about our patient advice and liaison service (PALS).

After your lung surgery checklist (228KB)
This checklist helps you return home safely after surgery. You can tick each box to show you are ready to go home, and write down information you need to remember.

After your lung surgery (281KB)
This booklet gives information about going home after lung surgery. The booklet has an accompanying checklist to help you return home safely.

Before your lung surgery (2.41MB)
This leaflet gives you information on your stay in hospital for lung surgery.

Chronic cough clinic (580KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on the chronic cough clinic held at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygen (ECMO) for severe lung failure (1.29MB)
This leaflet gives general information about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) for severe lung failure to relatives and friends of patients who may benefit from this treatment.

Getting patients home sooner after lung treatment (PDF, 259KB)
We are introducing a morning discharge procedure for patients who have had treatment for their lung condition.

Lung tumour ablation (490KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your lung tumour ablation treatment.

Managing your chest drain at home (373KB)
This leaflet gives you, your district nurse and GP (family doctor) information on how to manage your chest drain at home.

Mycophenolate monitoring - Royal Brompton Hospital (660KB)
This leaflet provides a mycophenolate monitoring and dosage record for respiratory patients with interstitial lung disease at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Systematic Assessment for Refractory Asthma (580KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your admission for systematic assessment of refractory asthma (SARA).

Taking opioids to treat breathlessness (404KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about taking opioids for breathlessness.

The adult asthma psychology service - Royal Brompton Hospital (168KB)
This leaflet provides information about the adult asthma psychology service which helps patients cope with the emotional effects of having severe asthma or other upper airway conditions.

Toolkit for managing breathlessness (630KB)
This leaflet explains some techniques to help with breathlessness.

What is pulmonary hypertension? - Royal Brompton Hospital (637KB)
This leaflet provides you with information about pulmonary hypertension and what to expect during your time in hospital.

Your child's difficult asthma assessment (2.46MB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your child's difficult asthma assessment.

Your continuous laryngoscopy during exercise (CLE) test (606KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about a continuous laryngoscopy during exercise (CLE) test.

Your lung cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) - Harefield Hospital (441KB)
This leaflet gives you information about your lung cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) and your key worker.

Your lung function tests - Royal Brompton Hospital (353KB)
This booklet gives general information on some of the lung function tests available to see how well your lungs work.

Your occupational asthma (163KB)
Finding out that you have occupational asthma can make you feel worried about your health and ability to continue working. We hope that this leaflet will help to address some of your concerns.

Your pectus correction surgery (139KB)
Information for people due to have pectus anomoly correction surgery.

Your pulmonary rehabilitation programme - Harefield Hospital (200KB)
This leaflet is about your pulmonary rehabilitation course, for people with lung disease.

Your pulmonary rehabilitation programme - Royal Brompton Hospital (416KB)
What happens in the pulmonary rehabilitation programme - what you'll learn, how it can help you, and where to find a class.

Having a cardiac CT scan (497KB)
This leaflet gives general information about having a cardiac CT scan.

Having a CT coronary angiography scan (497KB)
This leaflet provides general information about your CT coronary angiography scan.

Having a CT scan (321KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about your CT scan.

Your cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) scan (351KB)
This leaflet provides information about your cardiovascular magnetic

Your nuclear medicine DMSA kidney scan - Harefield Hospital (121KB)
This information sheet gives you details about your appointment for a kidney scan.

Your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan - Harefield Hospital (395KB)
This leaflet gives you information on your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan. This scan shows how well your heart muscle is being supplied with blood.

Your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan - Royal Brompton Hospital (467KB)
This leaflet gives you information on your nuclear medicine myocardial perfusion scan. This scan shows how well your heart muscle is being supplied.

Your nuclear medicine thyroid scan (39KB)
Harefield Hospital - Why and how we perform this scan.

Your stress echocardiogram - Royal Brompton Hospital (441KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on your stress echocardiogram (echo). This test helps your doctor understand how your heart copes when it is made to work harder, such as during exercise.

Adult health psychology service (41KB)
Both hospitals - how you can get help to cope with ill health or your treatment.

Conserving your energy - Royal Brompton Hospital (300KB)
This leaflet gives information on ways to conserve your energy.

Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions (646KB)
This leaflet gives general information on cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

High dependency unit - Royal Brompton Hospital (179KB)
Information about the high dependency unit at Royal Brompton Hospital including what to expect, what to bring and how to contact us.

Information for families following a bereavement (371KB)
This information has been adapted from a document produced by the National Quality Board and was developed with the support of families and healthcare organisations. 

Information for families following the death of a child (401KB)
This information is about the bereavement and support services available to families whose child has died while they were a patient of Royal Brompton Hospital. 

Information for inpatients - Royal Brompton Hospital (2.63MB)
This booklet gives general information about your stay as an inpatient at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Physiotherapy for people with respiratory problems (154KB)
Both hospitals - ways you can help yourself if you are suffering from certain conditions.

Pressure ulcers: prevention and treatment (540KB)
This leaflet gives you and your carer information on pressure ulcers, how they develop, how to prevent them and what treatment you will be given if you develop a pressure ulcer.

Preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) (349KB)
This leaflet gives general information on reducing the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

Slips, trips and falls (334KB)
The risk of falling increases as you get older. It does not mean that falling cannot be avoided. This leaflet gives information on how to help prevent or minimise falls.

Smoking cessation - Harefield Hospital (168KB)
This leaflet provides information about the smoking cessation clinic. The aim of our clinic is to help heart and lung patients, and members of staff, quit smoking.

Supportive and palliative care service (110KB)
This leaflet gives you information about our supportive and palliative care service.

The adult asthma psychology service - Royal Brompton Hospital (168KB)
This leaflet provides information about the adult asthma psychology service which helps patients cope with the emotional effects of having severe asthma or other upper airway conditions.

Your lung cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) - Harefield Hospital (441KB)
This leaflet gives you information about your lung cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT) and your key worker.

Your Macmillan clinical nurse specialist in thoracic oncology (765KB)
This leaflet gives you information on how your Macmillan clinical nurse specialist (CNS) can help support you.

Your occupational asthma (163KB)
Finding out that you have occupational asthma can make you feel worried about your health and ability to continue working. We hope that this leaflet will help to address some of your concerns.

After your heart operation - Royal Brompton Hospital (2.17MB)
This booklet gives you general information about going home after your heart operation.

After your lung surgery (616KB)
This booklet gives information about going home after lung surgery.

After your lung surgery checklist (496KB)
This checklist helps you return home safely after surgery.

Before your lung surgery (2.41MB)
This leaflet gives you information on your stay in hospital for lung surgery.

Donating heart valves during heart transplant surgery (356KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about how you can help other patients by donating your heart valves when you have heart transplant surgery.

DVLA regulation for patients with ICDs (369KB)
This leaflet explains the current driving regulations for patients with ICDs, as agreed between the DVLA and its cardiology advisory panel.

Endocarditis (103KB)
A guide to endocarditis and how you can reduce your risk of developing it.

Fitness for surgery clinic - Harefield Hospital (504KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about the fitness for surgery clinic. The aim of the clinic is to carry out a number of tests to make sure you are fit enough to have cardiac surgery.

High dependency unit - Royal Brompton Hospital (179KB)
Information about the high dependency unit at Royal Brompton Hospital including what to expect, what to bring and how to contact us.

Managing your pain at home after heart surgery (275KB)
This leaflet is a general guide to managing your pain at home after heart surgery.

Managing your pain at home after lung surgery (288KB)
This leaflet gives you general information on how to manage your pain at home after lung surgery.

Metastasectomy of the lung (488KB)
This leaflet gives you general information about metastasectomy of the lung. This is an operation to remove cancer secondaries.

Patient controlled analgesia (PCA) (405KB)
How to use a pump for pain relief after surgery. A PCA pump gives a fixed amount of pain relief medication (analgesia), controlled by the patient.

Preparing for your heart operation (596KB)
This leaflet provides general information on heart surgery and how to prepare for your operation at Royal Brompton Hospital.

Preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) (349KB)
This leaflet gives general information on reducing the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).