London Chest Hospital

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Not to be confused with Royal London Hospital.
The London Chest on the day of closure

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 the Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital, which involved the consolidation of services from the London Chest Hospital and UCLH's The Heart Hospital. [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 17 April 2015[3][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 anaesthetized so he could recover. He has made substantial progress and is now out of hospital, but was forced to retire from football.

A change in the way that specialist cardiovascular services are provided across north and east London, enabled the creation of the Barts Heart Centre, one of Europe's largest and most modern cardiac centres. Services moved from the London Chest Hospital (Barts Health) and The Heart Hospital (UCLH) to the Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital in April and May 2015. Local campaigners opposed the closure which was approved by NHS England in October 2014.[2][6]

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] On 28 August 2015, Barts Health NHS Trust sold the premises to Circle Housing.[7] The financial return from its sale is to be reinvested directly into the new specialist Barts Heart Centre at St Bartholomew's.

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  1. ^ a b c "The London Chest". Barts Health. n.d. 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. Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  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. ^ "London_chest_hospital_site_sold_off_by_bart_s_nhs_trust_to_circle_housing". Hackney Gazette. Archant Community Media Ltd. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 

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