Transforming our healthcare services

General health
St Thomas Hospital

Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals have merged with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to become one of the largest and strongest healthcare organisations in Europe.

Combining our expertise

Since 2017, our hospitals have been working with colleagues at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) and Kings Health Partners on plans to transform care for adults and children with heart and lung diseases.

Early last year, it was jointly decided that the full integration of services provided across all our hospitals – a merger – was the best way of achieving this and as of Monday 1st February 2021, Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals are proud to be part of GSTT as one of its new Clinical Groups.

Transforming our healthcare services

With our combined expertise, our clinical and academic teams are now unparalleled and will continue to deliver exceptional care to patients, as well as drive research forwards into new and better treatments.

Subject to public consultation, children’s services will move from the Royal Brompton Hospital site to an expanded Evelina London Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’ in approximately five to six years’ time. Following this, and again subject to consultation, we hope to also build a new centre for heart and lung services at the St Thomas’ site, which will be the home of adult heart and lung services from across the new Trust and potentially other partners as well. There are no plans to move services from Harefield Hospital, but these services will be an integral part of the integration across the new Trust.

Our hospitals will continue to have strong links with the NHS in north west London and other partners – including local government, as a significant provider of NHS services in the area for a long time to come. In addition, as part of the merged Trust, we have academic partnerships with both Imperial College London and King’s College London.

Professor Ian Abbs, chief executive at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am proud to welcome colleagues from Royal Brompton and Harefield to the Guy’s and St Thomas’ family. Together, and with our partners, we have a once in a generation opportunity to build a lasting, world-renowned heart and lung centre, providing the highest quality care for patients from before birth to old age, and conducting world-leading research.

“We have already demonstrated that by working together we can achieve more for our patients, not least during our current pandemic response, where partnership working has helped us care for many patients requiring the most specialist treatment.”

Dr Richard Grocott-Mason, managing director of the new Royal Brompton and Harefield Clinical Group at Guy’s and St Thomas’ said: “This is a hugely significant moment in the history of Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. From our earliest discussions with Guy’s and St Thomas’ we realised we had the chance to create something new and dynamic with colleagues who shared our values and appetite for innovation and transformation – vital for a specialist Trust with a strong reputation for breaking new ground in heart and lung disease treatment and research.”

Our private care services

Royal Brompton and Harefield hospital will continue to deliver world-class heart and lung care from our current sites for many years to come and patients will continue to see the clinical teams that they do now. Our private care services will also remain unchanged and continue to be delivered under the ‘Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care’ brand.

David Shrimpton, managing director of RB&HH Specialist Care, said: “We are all very excited to be part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and have no doubt it will bring many opportunities to deliver even better heart and lung care to our private patients by accessing our new integrated healthcare services.”