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Pulmonary hypertension service

The pulmonary hypertension service at Papworth Hospital forms part of the national pulmonary hypertension service which was designated by the National Commissioning Group (NCG, previously known as NSCAG) in September 2001. The pulmonary hypertension service adheres to the NHS service specification and standards of care required by NCG.

A multi-disciplinary team provides diagnostic investigations, treatments and long term follow-up for patients with pulmonary hypertension. We are also the only UK centre commissioned to perform pulmonary endarterectomy surgery; a cure for selected patients with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. We liaise closely and collaborate with the Papworth transplant team.

The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit (PVDU) is an internationally recognised centre for the management of pulmonary hypertension and other pulmonary vascular disorders. It forms part of the UK National Pulmonary Hypertension Service providing specialised patient centred care for patients with pulmonary hypertension and other pulmonary vascular diseases.

Our multidisciplinary team provides an integrated package of care including assessment, diagnosis, education, long term management and support.  We are committed to evidence-based practice and follow up-to-date guidelines. Our goal is to provide every patient referred to the unit the knowledge, skills and treatment options necessary to ensure the best possible long term outcomes from this potentially devastating condition. We also liaise closely with the Papworth transplant team.

We are the single UK nationally designated centre performing pulmonary endarterectomy and receive referrals mainly from the UK but also Europe and the rest of the world. Pulmonary endarterectomy is an operation that can potentially cure pulmonary hypertension caused by chronic blood clots.

To keep at the cutting edge of new treatments we work in conjunction with leading scientists in molecular biology and applied clinical research locally, nationally and internationally. We participate in multinational pharmaceutical sponsored drug trials allowing our patients the widest choice of treatment options for their condition.

Further information
Patients and carers can also seek information and advice from members of the Papworth PVDU team 24 hours a day by bleeping 343 via the hospital switchboard.

  • Papworth switchboard: 01480 830541
  • PVDU navigator: 01480 364109
  • PVDU Fax No: 01480 364 267

Useful links
The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA-UK) is an organisation that represents the interests of patients with pulmonary hypertension and their families. Their website has extensive information on the causes and treatment of PH and a useful list of links of interest. PHA-UK website

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