Papworth Hospital

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Papworth Hospital
Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Papworth hospital.jpg
The hospital's front entrance.
Location Papworth Everard, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Specialist
Affiliated university University of Cambridge Medical School
Emergency department No Accident & Emergency
Beds 240
Speciality Cardiothoracic surgery including transplantation; cardiology; respiratory medicine
Founded 1917
Lists Hospitals in England

Papworth Hospital is a heart and lung hospital in Cambridgeshire, England. It was home to the first successful heart transplant in the UK and one of the world's first beating-heart transplants.


The hospital was founded in 1917 as a sanatorium and hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis. From the 1950s, surgical facilities developed, beginning with thoracic (chest/lung) surgery and expanding to cardiac surgery. Today, Papworth is the UK's main heart/lung transplant centre.

Original historical documents relating to Papworth Hospital, the Village Settlement and the TB colony are today held by Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies at the County Record Office in Cambridge.


The Papworth site has two main building complexes: the main building (providing cardiology and all surgical services, together with the intensive care unit) and the Chest Medical Unit (providing respiratory medicine services). Subspecialities include:

Those based in the Chest Medical Unit:

Those based in the main building:

Suspension of transplants[edit]

On 2 November 2007 it was announced that Papworth Hospital would suspend heart transplant activities while an investigation was undertaken into an unexplained rise in recipient mortality rates.[1]

The Hospital was given the all-clear on 19 November 2007 after the Healthcare Commission ruled the quality of care was good.[2]


The plans to move the hospital onto the Cambridge Biomedical Campus next to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, had been agreed. The move was expected to be completed in 2017.[3] However, an intervention by the Treasury in February 2014 meant that these plans had to be put on hold, and raised the possibility that some or all of its services may be moved to Peterborough City Hospital. This has raised concerns due to financial problems at that hospital.[4]

In May 2014, a new CT Scanner was unveiled by the hospital's royal patron, the Duchess of Gloucester.

Notable patients[edit]

On December 23, 2011, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, then 90 years of age, underwent successful coronary angioplasty and stenting at Papworth Hospital.[5][6]


  1. ^ Papworth halts heart transplants, BBC News Online, 2007-11-02, retrieved 2007-11-02 
  2. ^ Heart hospital gets the all-clear, BBC News Online, 2007-11-19, retrieved 2007-11-19 
  3. ^ Papworth heart and lung specialist hospital to move, BBC News Online, 2013-12-03, retrieved 2014-02-14 
  4. ^ Papworth hospital's future in doubt after Treasury intervention, The Guardian, 2014-02-14, retrieved 2014-02-14 
  5. ^ Reuters (24 December 2011). "Surgery sidelines Prince Philip". The Gazette (Montreal). Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Peter Hunt (24 December 2011), Prince Philip has heart procedure at Papworth Hospital, BBC, retrieved 24 December 2011 

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Coordinates: 52°14′53″N 0°06′39″W / 52.248057°N 0.110770°W / 52.248057; -0.110770