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Excellence in heart and lung care

Facts and Figures

About the Hospital

Papworth Hospital is the UK’s largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital and the country’s main heart and lung transplant centre, treating over 24,400 inpatient and day cases and nearly 73,600 outpatients each year from across the UK.  Its services are internationally recognised and include cardiology, respiratory medicine, and cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation.

Whilst Papworth Hospital is a regional centre for the diagnosis and treatment of cardiothoracic disease, it is also a national centre for a range of specialist services, including pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA), and was one of the first centres in Europe to offer transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).

Papworth Hospital also has the largest respiratory support and sleep centre (RSSC) in the UK.

Papworth People

The Trust employs more than 1,800 people across a wide range of staff groups, including doctors, nurses, cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, cardiac physiologists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory physicians, specialist cardiothoracic anaesthetists, intensive care specialists, radiologists, pathologists, dieticians, speech therapists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, clinical educators, the infection control team, and the administrative and clerical staff.


The Hospital’s facilities include five operating theatres and five angiographic suites as well as 290 beds, spread over a dozen wards and units, and including a recently extended Critical Care Area.

Cardiac Services

Papworth Hospital is one of the UK’s leading centres in coronary angiography, angioplasty and stenting and for intervention in structural heart disease including closure of septal defects; for transcatheter treatment of valve disease; Electrophysiology (EP); device implantation; Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG); and valve repair or replacement.

Thoracic Services

The Department’s chest physicians manage acute and chronic respiratory conditions in collaboration with specialist radiologists and histopathologists. The Directorate has a number of sub-specialist services, many of which have a regional or national caseload. These include Cystic Fibrosis (CF), patients with recurrent infections (Cambridge Centre for Lung Infection CCLI), Interstitial Lung Disease, Pulmonary Vascular Diseases including being the only hospital in the UK to provide Pulmonary Endarterectomy (PEA) surgery, lung cancer and patients requiring respiratory support and sleep medicine.

Transplant Services

Performing the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, the world’s first heart-lung-liver transplant in 1986 and UK’s first beating heart transplant in 2006, Papworth Hospital has established global renown as a clinical and research centre of excellence. Papworth pioneered the use of invasive monitoring and hormone resuscitation for multi-organ donors which has become the gold standard in donor management.  It is a leading centre for expertise in Bridge-to-Transplant, and recently a Papworth patient became the first person in the United Kingdom to receive a Total Artificial Heart implant and go home.

Theatre and Critical Care Services

Theatres, Critical Care and Anaesthesia Directorate (TCCA) supports all surgical activity across the hospital and comprises the following departments: Theatres, Critical Care, Anaesthesia, Sterile Services and Technical support services.  In addition, TCCA covers the hospital's provision of ECMO (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation) services: Papworth is one of only five UK hospitals to provide this service.

Radiology Services

Papworth Hospital’s radiology service plays a key role in the diagnosis of all cardiothoracic conditions. The service uses state-of-the art imaging technology including two CT scanners and an MRI scanner.  The Department produces almost 60,000 studies for over 21,000 patients each year.

Pathology Services

Papworth’s Pathology Services support all departments of the hospital, with services including histopathology, Blood Sciences, and a specialist immunology laboratory.


As a Foundation Trust Papworth Hospital is led by a Board of Directors made up of Executive and Non-executive members and a Board of Governors made up of 18 members of the public and seven staff. There are also a number of representatives appointed from other key organisations.

Membership of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP)

Papworth Hospital is a member of CUHP, a strategic partnership of one of the world's leading universities and three NHS foundation trusts, formed to drive forward the partnership between the NHS and the University of Cambridge.

CUHP is one of only five Academic Health Science Centres in England, recognised by the Department of Health as internationally competitive centres of excellence in the integrated delivery of health care, health research and the education of health professionals.

New Papworth Hospital

The Trust is developing its plans for a £165 million new state-of-the-art Papworth Hospital on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.  The co-location of Papworth Hospital with the other organisations on the Campus will bring benefits to patients as they will have immediate access to a range of services and also bring opportunities in terms of research and education on which the treatments of tomorrow will be based. The Trust is working with the two consortia which have progressed through the earlier stages of the bidding process, to further develop their bids, before a preferred bidder is selected and a contract signed. The new hospital is expected to be complete in 2018.


Wards and beds

There are 290 beds across the following areas and wards.

Critical care (surgical/medical) 33  
Higginson Ward 22  
Mallard Ward (surgical) 39  
Varrier Jones (surgical/medical) 32  
Hugh Fleming (surgical/medical) 27  
Hemingford Ward (surgical) 15  
Cardiology HDU  4  
Respiratory Support & Sleep Centre (RSSC) 35  
Chest Medical Unit 37  
Cystic Fibrosis Unit 10  
  subtotal of inpatient beds = 254
Cardiac Day Ward (medical) 19  
Thoracic Day Ward (medical) 14  
  subtotal of daycare beds = 33
Grand Total of beds across all areas is 290*
* figure correct as of Nov 2014

Other facilities include:

  • Five operating theatres
  • Five Angiographic suites
  • Two CT Scanners
  • One MRI Scanner


Professional scientific & technical   57
Additional clinical services   211
Administrative and clerical   348
Allied health professionals   69
Estates and ancillary   98
Healthcare scientists   84
Management   64
Medical   172
Nursing   530
Total   1633


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