London Chest Hospital

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Not to be confused with Royal London Hospital.

The London Chest Hospital, located in Bethnal Green in London, adjacent to Victoria Park, was a hospital run by the Barts Health NHS Trust. It closed in April 2015 as part of the creation of Barts Heart Centre which involves the consolidation of services on one site. [1]

It had a national reputation for cardiac treatment.[2]


It was founded in 1848 by Thomas Bevill Peacock, and first opened in 1855. It closed on 17th April 2015[3][dead link][1]

On 1 April 2010, LCH Radio broadcast its first shows to the hospital's patients.[4] LCH Radio is one of only a few hospital radio stations to broadcast on an FM bandwidth, the first being Radio Lonsdale at Furness General Hospital in Barrow-in-Furness.[5]

Fabrice Muamba, the Zaire native who played for England's Bolton Wanderers, was taken here after suffering a cardiac arrest on the pitch on 17 March 2012; after going without a heartbeat for 78 minutes and being kept anesthetized so he could recover. He has made substantial progress and is now out of hospital, but was forced to retire from football.

As of 2014, Barts Health NHS Trust plans to relocate the specialist cardiac services in 2015 to St Bartholomew's Hospital in the City, and to sell the premises. Local campaigners are opposing the closure which was approved by NHS England in July 2014.[2][6] The plan is that Barts Heart Centre will be formed from the merger of the London Chest Hospital and the Heart Hospital (Westmoreland Street - part of UCLH) into the existing Barts cardiac services to create one of Europe's largest and most modern cardiac hospitals. [7]

Barts Health announced in April 2015 that "the hospital is no longer up to the demands of rigorous specialised 21st century medicine and is now closed."[1]


London Buses Routes 309 and D3 (both routes terminate here) serve the hospital directly outside on Bonner Road. 8, D6 and Night Route N8 can be reached via Bonner Street at Market Square in Globe Town, Roman Road within 5 minutes.

D3 travels directly to the Royal London Hospital from the London Chest.

Bethnal Green tube station and Cambridge Heath station are also within 5 minutes' walk.

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  1. ^ a b c "The London Chest". Barts Health. nd. Archived from the original on 23 April 2015. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Mike Brooke (3 June 2014). "Battle to save London Chest hospital next to Victoria Park from bulldozers". East London Advertiser. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "The History of the London Chest Hospital". Barts and the London NHS Trust. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  4. ^ "About us". Barts and London Chest Hospital Radio. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Go ahead announced to revolutionise cancer and heart disease care for millions". NHS England London. 25 June 2014. 
  7. ^ The new Barts Heart Centre (You Tube). Barts Health. 7 July 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°31′56″N 0°02′57″W / 51.5321°N 0.04926°W / 51.5321; -0.04926