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Cardiothoracic 
services at Papworth Hospital

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Papworth Hospital’s cardiothoracic services are internationally recognised and we are the largest specialist cardiothoracic hospital in the UK and the country’s main heart and lung transplant centre. Our patients travel long distances to see us, confident in the knowledge that we are the forefront of providing new and innovative treatments for heart and lung patients.

Cardiac services

Papworth Hospital is one of the UK’s leading centres in coronary angiography, angioplasty and stenting, undertaking high volumes with a lower complication rate than other peer group hospitals. It is also a leading centre for intervention in structural heart disease including closure of septal defects and transcatheter treatment of valve disease. Papworth Hospital  is one of the first centres in Europe to offer Tanscatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI).
Papworth Hospital is recognised as one of the UK’s leading centres for Electrophysiology (EP). It is also a major centre for device implantation including pacemakers, biventricular pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.
Papworth Hospital is one of the UK’s leading and largest specialist providers of cardiac surgery including Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) and the UK’s largest valve repair/replacement centre.

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Thoracic services

Papworth Hospital is an internationally recognised specialist centre for the treatment of diseases of the chest. It is a major centre for thoracic surgery using latest research and new techniques. Papworth Hospital is one of the largest services in Europe devoted to the treatment of chronic lung infections. Its Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre has gained a national and international reputation for its contribution to research. Papworth Hospital is one of the UK’s leading specialist centres for the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary vascular diseases. It is the only UK hospital to offer Pulmonary Endarterectomy (PEA) surgery for pulmonary hypertension. 

Papworth Hospital is the largest national centre for the provision of ventilator support and sleep medicine. Referrals are received from all over the UK for all types of sleep disorders; obstructive sleep apnoeas, narcolepsy and unusual behaviours during sleep. The centre, which features a ‘sleep clinic’ is the largest in the UK.

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Transplant services

Papworth Hospital is the country’s main adult heart and lung transplant centre. Performing the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, the world’s first heart-lung-liver transplant in 1986 and the UK’s first beating heart transplant in 2006, Papworth Hospital has established global renown as a clinical and research centre of excellence. Papworth Hospital pioneered the use of invasive monitoring and hormone resuscitation for multiorgan donors which has become the gold standard in donor management.

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Radiology services

Papworth Hospital’s radiology service has a key role in the diagnosis of all cardiothoracic conditions. The service uses state-of-the-art imaging technology and facilities include a CT and MRI scanner. The Radiology Department images over 50,000 patients each year.

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Pathology services

Papworth Hospital's pathology service supports all departments of the hospital. Its services include: histopathology, blood sciences, microbiology and a specialist immunology service.

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Theatres and Critical Care services

The Theatres, Critical Care and Anaesthesia Directorate (TCCA) supports all surgical activity across the hospital. Papworth has a theatre suite with five theatres and a recovery unit. A seven-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) extension to Critical Care was completed at the beginning of January 2010. These additional beds will bring the total number of critical care beds to 32.

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