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Royal Brompton Hospital & Harefield Hospital

Royal Brompton Hospital (RVH) in Chelsea, West London, and Harefield Hospital (HH), near Uxbridge, just outside London, are run by Guy's and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, serving more than 500,000 patients yearly. Both are leaders in international nurse recruitment, ranking towards the top of care standard leaderboards.

About RBH & Harefield Hospital

RBH is a renowned specialist hospital in central London for treating heart and lung conditions. With over 175 years of expertise, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 10 specialised hospitals with 312 beds, 5 operating theatres, a hybrid theatre, 4 catheter labs, and Europe's largest cystic fibrosis centre.

Conveniently located near public transit with onsite shops and cafes, Royal Brompton Hospital provides first-class treatment in the heart of London. The QCQ rates RBH a "Good" with an "Outstanding" rating for medical care.

HH is a leading specialist heart and lung hospital in Uxbridge, with over 1,300 staff and 168 beds. It has extensive facilities, including 5 operating theatres, 4 catheter labs, transplant and intensive care units. Harefield is one of the world's most experienced centres for heart and lung transplants, having helped pioneer artificial heart technology.

Its dedicated heart attack centre provides one of Europe's fastest arrival-to-treatment times. Beyond transplants, Harefield offers expert care in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, lung cancer, and minimally invasive procedures. It is rated "Good" by the CQC.

A Brief History of the Hospitals

The Royal Brompton Hospital was founded in London in the 1840s to treat tuberculosis patients turned away from other hospitals. It opened initially in Chelsea, led by Philip Rose, then moved to its current Brompton location in 1846.

Though damaged in WWII, it joined the NHS in 1948. Today, it is renowned for treating heart and lung diseases with over 300 years of expertise.

The Harefield Hospital site was first used as a military hospital during World War I. After the war, it became the Harefield Sanatorium. A more permanent hospital building opened in 1937. Harefield joined the NHS in 1948 and became known for its cardiology and transplant services under Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub.

Life For Nurses in Chelsea & Harefield

Chelsea is an affluent area of London known for its upmarket shops. It has excellent transport links, with Sloane Square and South Kensington tube stations providing access to the Underground network. The area also benefits from buses, overground rail services, parks, and open green spaces.

Harefield has a more rural feel than central London, with ample green spaces like Harefield Moor and waterside walks along the Grand Union Canal. The area is served by Harefield tube station, providing access to London via the Metropolitan line. Village amenities include a few shops, cafes and pubs catering to locals.

Fun Facts

  • King Henry VIII acquired the manor of Chelsea from Lord Sandys in 1536. Two of King Henry's wives, Catherine Parr and Anne of Cleves lived in the Manor House on Chelsea Manor Street, which still exists today.
  • The Chelsea Flower Show was originally called the Royal Horticultural Society's Great Spring Show when it started in 1862. It moved to the grounds of The Royal Hospital Chelsea in 1913, where it is still held today.

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