Harefield Hospital is situated in extensive grounds in the greenbelt of countryside on the edge of London.
Harefield Hospital is one of the largest and most experienced centres in the world for cardiac surgery and cardiology. It is renowned for its work in heart and lung transplantation. Consultants have recently pioneered the use of ‘artificial hearts’ (left ventricular assist devices) to support failing hearts.
The hospital has the largest number of LVAD patients in the UK, many of whom are demonstrating the highest rate of myocardial recovery in the world.
In addition, Harefield is a pioneer in the field of minimally invasive surgery. This can allow some patients to undergo surgery through a small incision rather than open surgery.
As an NHS hospital, Harefield has 168 beds, over 1,300 staff, five operating theatres and four catheter laboratories.
New private facilities
Now available at Harefield Hospital are new state-of-the-art facilities for private patients. Superb private outpatient consulting rooms and diagnostic suites are set in relaxing and comfortable surroundings.
The modern facilities include a brand-new private ward, named Juniper Ward. On offer are 16 bright and spacious single occupancy rooms, each with an en-suite shower room. Additionally, the ward includes four high dependency unit (HDU) private rooms.
Patients benefit from new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning facilities and a rapid diagnostic service, ensuring they are on the best treatment pathway as soon as possible.
High quality care at Juniper Ward
Each room on the private adult ward is single occupancy with an en-suite bathroom, television, fridge and telephone. Daily newspapers are available in the patient lounge.
The south-facing location gives the private rooms a pleasant amount of natural light, which can be easily tailored to the patient’s preference with electric blinds.
Juniper Ward has its own dedicated high dependency unit (HDU) which is equipped to intensive care standard. Following surgery, angioplasty or another complex procedure, patients might need to spend time in the unit. Staff at the HDU carefully monitor patients’ health using sophisticated cardiac monitoring facilities. The high dependency beds each have a telephone and television. As soon as a patient’s condition is stable, they can return to their private room.
All our nursing staff are specifically trained in caring for patients with heart and lung illnesses.
On the ward, our private patient chef offers a wide choice of cuisine. Patients select their meals from an a la carte menu which caters for various dietary requirements including Halal, Kosher, diabetic, weight-reducing, soft, healthy eating and vegetarian diets.
A historic location
Harefield Hospital was established during the First World War to treat injured soldiers from Australia and New Zealand.
In the 1930s, the fresh air and green space at Harefield was an ideal environment for treating tuberculosis, a bacterial lung disease, and the hospital started to grow its expertise in lung conditions.
After becoming part of the new National Health Service in 1948, Harefield first became a general hospital and then a specialist heart and lung centre.
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.
Harefield Hospital is now one of the leading specialist heart and lung hospitals in the world and one of the largest transplant centres. Our staff are at the forefront of exciting research into heart and lung disease.