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University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street

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University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Heart Hospital, London.jpg
University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street in March 2015
Location within Westminster
LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Care systemNHS England
Affiliated universityUniversity College London
Emergency departmentNo Accident & Emergency
SpecialityThoracic surgery and urology services
WebsiteUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
ListsHospitals in the United Kingdom

University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street, named The Heart Hospital until refurbished and renamed in 2015,[3][4] was a specialist cardiac hospital located in London, United Kingdom until 2015. It is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is closely associated with University College London (UCL).[5] After the 2015 refurbishment the hospital now provides thoracic surgery, and urology services.[3]

Before the 2015 refurbishment the Heart Hospital conducted over 1,000 surgical heart operations each year, had 95 in-patient beds, and was one of the largest cardiac centres in the UK.[5] It treated around 1,700 new outpatients, 5,500 follow-up outpatients and 1,200 inpatients each year.[5] It was a centre for cardiac research, home to the UCL Centre for Cardiology in the Young, and part of the UCLH/UCL Biomedical Research Centre and the UCL Partners academic health science centre.[6][7][8]


National Heart Hospital, Westmoreland Street
National Heart Hospital, Westmoreland Street

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 cardiovascular disease, as well as for postgraduate training and research.[2][9]

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, with new accommodation and equipment.[2] After falling into debt as a private institution, the hospital was acquired by University College London Hospitals NHS Trust (now University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), thereby rejoining the NHS.[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] In 2015, all cardiac services moved to the Bart's Heart Centre at St Bartholomew's Hospital, following a review of cardiac servies in north and east London by NHS England[10] and agreement by the boards of UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust to combine their specialist cardiovascular services at the one site.[11]


The hospital currently provides thoracic surgery and urology services. Cardiothoracic surgery and Cardiology services were provided at the hospital until 2015:[12]

See also


  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. Archived from the original on 11 April 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b "University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street (formerly the Heart Hospital)". Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. ^ UCLH Web site: Refurbishment of the Heart Hospital, 18 May 2015, retrieved 15 September 2015 "The Heart Hospital is being refurbished and will reopen at the beginning of the summer to provide thoracic surgery and urology services ... it will be called University College Hospital at Westmoreland Street. "
  5. ^ a b c "The Heart Hospital". University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Centre for Cardiology in the Young". University College London. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Home". UCLH/UCL Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre. Archived from the original on 25 August 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  8. ^ "About us". UCL Partners. Archived from the original on 10 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
  9. ^ AIM25, London Metropolitan Archives, The Heart Hospital, 1903–1962
  10. ^ London, NHS England. "NHS England London " Engagement and public meetings". Retrieved 6 May 2017.
  11. ^ "Plans for world-leading cardiac centre". University College London Hospital. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  12. ^ "University College London Hospitals: Cardiac services". University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Retrieved 18 September 2010.

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