Royal Brompton Hospital
Royal Brompton Hospital is situated in Chelsea, right in the heart of London. The area is well served by the London Underground and bus routes and is close to the amenities of London.
The hospital has more than 1,600 staff, five operating theatres and four catheter laboratories. We have an international reputation for the treatment of lung disease, the result of over 160 years’ experience. We are also a national and international leader in the treatment of heart conditions, with large research trials leading to significant developments in the area.
Staff on the Reginald Wilson Ward care for cardiac surgery patients, thoracic surgery patients, cardiology patients and respiratory patients in 29 single-bedded, en-suite rooms. A state-of-the-art High Dependency Unit is located on-site at Royal Brompton for patients with greater care needs.
Nursing staff on Reginald Wilson Ward have a broad range of specialised training and experience in cardiothoracic care. Together with our team of translators and Arabic and Greek liaison officers, this enables us to further meet the needs of our patients and where needed, offer reassuring support.
Supporting the work of the nursing staff are our Resident Medical Officers, who works closely with the nursing team and each patient’s consultant, implementing any changes to treatment plans. Patients on the ward are visited by their consultant every day and ancillary staff, such as physiotherapists and pharmacists, are readily available.
Patients also benefit from the comprehensive catering and cleaning service provided by our Hotel Services team. Located on the ward itself, chefs in our kitchen cook food to order and are able to cater for cultural, religious and other special dietary requirements.
Royal Brompton’s history dates from 1841 when it was established for tuberculosis sufferers. The hospital was founded by Philip Rose as a charitable endeavour in the era before universal free healthcare. In its first decades it enjoyed support from the royal family and Charles Dickens, among others. Royal patronage has continued and our main building, the Sydney wing, was opened in 1991 by the Queen. The hospital was granted Royal Charter in the same year.
Royal Brompton established Europe’s first adult cystic fibrosis clinic in 1964 and the hospital has grown into the largest treatment centre for the condition in Europe.