The Heart Hospital

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The Heart Hospital
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Heart Hospital, London.jpg
The Heart Hospital in March 2015
Location London, United Kingdom
Care system NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University College London
Beds 95[1]
Speciality Cardiology
Founded 1857[2]
Website University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Heart Hospital is a specialist cardiac hospital located in London, United Kingdom. It is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is closely associated with University College London (UCL).[3] In 2015, the name of the hospital changed to University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street. [4]

The Heart Hospital conducts over 1,000 surgical heart operations each year, has 95 in-patient beds and is one of the largest cardiac centres in the UK.[3] It treats around 1,700 new outpatients, 5,500 follow-up outpatients and 1,200 inpatients each year.[3] It is a centre for cardiac research; it is home to the UCL Centre for Cardiology in the Young and is part of both the UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre and the UCL Partners academic health science centre.[5][6][7] It is also a teaching hospital for the UCL Medical School.[8]


The National Heart Hospital was founded in 1857 in Margaret Street by Dr Eldridge Spratt. The hospital was relocated to Newman Street off Oxford Street around 1869 and then to Soho Square in 1874, with various changes of name en route, including in 1872 "The National Hospital for the special treatment of Paralysis, Epilepsy, Nervousness, and the Primary Stages of Insanity and other diseases from Affectations of the Heart." In 1913 new premises were constructed in the current location on Westmoreland Street near Harley Street. It was one of the first hospitals in the world specifically built for the treatment of cardio-vascular disease, as well as for postgraduate training and research.[9][2] In 1991 the hospital was closed and its services moved to the Royal Brompton Hospital.[2] In 1994 the hospital building was sold to the private Gleneagles Hospital UK and in 1997 was re-opened as a private cardiac hospital, featuring new accommodation and equipment.[2] After falling into debt as a private institution, the hospital re-joined the NHS in August 2001, when it was acquired by University College London Hospitals NHS Trust (now University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).[1][2] The hospital was renamed The Heart Hospital and re-opened as the new home for all of the trust's cardiac services, which had previously been based in the Middlesex Hospital.[2] By 2014, all cardiac services are planned to move to one site at St Bartholomew’s Hospital following agreement by the boards of University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust to combine their specialist cardiovascular services on the one site from late 2014.[10]


The following services are currently provided at the hospital:[11]

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  1. ^ a b "NHS buys private heart hospital". BBC News. 8 August 2001. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "UCLH trust chronology". University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Heart Hospital". University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Centre for Cardiology in the Young". University College London. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Home". UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "About us". UCL Partners. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Bloomsbury Campus". UCL Medical School. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 
  9. ^ AIM25, London Metropolitan Archives, The Heart Hospital, 1903-1962
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  11. ^ "University College London Hospitals: Cardiac services". University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 18 September 2010. 

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Coordinates: 51°31′11″N 0°08′59″W / 51.51968°N 0.14973°W / 51.51968; -0.14973