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New beds and facilities to benefit patients at Harefield Hospital

24 September 2014

A multi-million pound expansion to services at Harefield Hospital has been announced today by Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust.

The initial planned £20 million investment comes as the hospital prepares to celebrate its centenary year in 2015.

Improvements will be implemented in three stages over the next five years (subject to planning permission), with phase one due for completion by the end of 2015. They include: an increased number of critical care and inpatient beds, enhanced diagnostic imaging and scanning capability, a reconfigured operating theatre and a state-of-the-art endoscopy suite. 

Rebuilt wards and a brand new graduated care unit will increase the number of hospital beds to well over 200 (from the current 176), enabling more patients to have lifesaving cardiac and thoracic care.

By 2020, it is expected that the planned expansion will result in a significant increase in the number of procedures carried out at Harefield Hospital every year, including an extra 380 thoracic surgery cases, 100 coronary artery bypass grafts and 90 heart valve operations.

The increased bed capacity will also support the continued growth of specialist services such as heart and lung transplantation, primary angioplasty (emergency treatment for heart attacks) and electrical device implantation (e.g. pacemakers).

In addition, the investment will facilitate the continued growth of respiratory services, including treatment for difficult asthma and severe emphysema. It also presents an opportunity for the development of a new allergy service, providing food and drug challenges, immunotherapy and desensitisation therapy.

Specific hospital improvements that are planned as part of the investment include: 

Phase 1

  • Six new critical care beds
  • A fixed MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner and new CT (computerised tomography) scanner in a purpose-built scanning centre
  • A reconfigured and enlarged operating theatre
  • An extra 18 inpatient beds: Holly Ward


Phase 2

  • A new state-of-the-art endoscopy suite
  • Oak Ward rebuilt with an additional 30 inpatient beds
  • Additional day case / short stay beds
  • Additional transplant inpatient beds
  • A reconfigured main entrance to the hospital


Phase 3

  • A purpose-built graduated care unit with at least 48 critical care and high dependency beds and a bespoke imaging centre


Bob Bell, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, said: “This substantial investment represents an exciting new era for Harefield Hospital as it approaches its centenary year in 2015. The new and improved facilities will help the Trust meet the increasing demand for the world-class services provided by our clinical teams.

“Harefield Hospital is renowned for its groundbreaking treatments for complex heart and lung conditions. This investment means more patients will benefit from this lifesaving and life-changing care.”

It is planned that the capital costs for phases one and two, projected to be around £20m, will be met from funding sources available to the Trust, with contributions from the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity. These will be mostly offset by greater income over the coming years from increased clinical activity, which will also help to fund future investment in new facilities planned in phase three.


For further information, please contact:

Mark Fenwick

Head of media relations
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 020 7351 8672  
Mobile: 07866 536 345
Email: m.fenwick@rbht.nhs.uk
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