Harefield Hospital is situated in extensive grounds in the countryside just outside London. It is close to the M40, the M25 and within easy reach of Heathrow airport and has ample car parking.
The hospital has more than 900 staff, five operating theatres and four catheter laboratories. It has 149 beds, including 44 dedicated to cardiac and thoracic surgery, 30 in the transplant unit, 42 for cardiology and 18 for adult intensive care.
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).
We are also pioneering work in minimally invasive surgery: allowing some patients to undergo surgery through a small incision only, minimising the impact of the procedure.
All rooms on our private adult ward are single occupancy with en-suite bathrooms, television, fridge and telephone. They all have views overlooking the hospital grounds. The pleasant patient lounge stocks a number of daily newspapers.
The ward has its own dedicated high dependency unit equipped to intensive care standard. All our nursing staff are specifically trained in caring for patients with heart and lung illnesses.
The high dependency beds each have their own telephone and television. It may be necessary for patients to spend time in the unit following surgery, angioplasty or other complex procedure. The unit has sophisticated cardiac monitoring facilities, which enables staff to carefully monitor patients’ health. As soon as their condition is stable, patients can return to their private room.
Our private patient chef offers a wide choice of cuisine. Patients can select from our a la carte menu with meals suitable for diabetic, weight reducing, soft, healthy eating, vegetarian, Halal and Kosher diets.
The first hospital on the Harefield Hospital site was established during the First World War for the treatment of injured Australians and New Zealanders.
In the 1930s Harefield became hospital for tuberculosis patients, laying down the foundations of its expertise in lung conditions. In the late 1940s the hospital became part of the new National Health Service and began to develop its expertise in heart conditions in addition to its established lung expertise.
Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub set the direction of the hospital throughout the last decades of the 20th century. He performed Harefield’s first heart transplant in 1980 and carried out the world’s first combined heart and lung transplant at the hospital in 1983.