St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital

Services including those from the Barts Heart Centre and Barts Thorax Centre

St Bartholomew's Hospital 
West Smithfield 
London 
EC1A 7BE

St Bartholomew’s is a leading, internationally-renowned, teaching hospital based in the heart of the City of London. We have been rated by the CQC as “Good” across all of their criteria. Being treated at a world-leading centre of excellence means you are cared for by internationally-renowned doctors and nurses, using the very latest techniques and equipment.

Our services

We currently offer our private patients:

The hospital has a spacious layout designed around the needs of patients and staff. The environment is designed to reduce noise.  The hospital offers a temperature controlled environment ventilated with fresh air that is specially treated before it enters the building to reduce the risk of airborne infection. 

State of the art clinical facilities

The hospital’s modern and state of the art facilities include 10 theatres, 10 catheter labs, 227 inpatient beds with 58 critical care beds and 108 day case accommodation all supported by 1,800 dedicated staff. Unlike other hospitals it provides 24/7 consultant on-call services to specialist services.

The largest Heart Centre in Europe

We have an exceptional knowledge of heart disorders within our teams, together with the diversity of treatment facilities needed to treat the wide range of conditions that are presented.

Despite the high volumes of activity we see, our patients are more than a number. Each of them receives personalised care based on their needs and, with so many patients seen here each year, there is rarely a problem we haven’t come across before. Our team has the experience to cope with all eventualities.

The Centre benefits from having a large number of dedicated services to support it – such diagnostic and imaging teams that specialise in understanding cardiac symptoms. It includes, for instance, the largest echo, cardiac CT service and TAVI service in the UK; Europe’s largest arrhythmia service; and, the world’s largest cardiac MRI service with 8,000 scans per year.

The Barts Heart Centre also forms part of the UCLPartners Academic Health Science Network, facilitating research, development and collaboration across a wide group of healthcare providers and academic institutions.

These services are on offer at the Barts Heart Centre:

  • The world’s first 24/7 consultant-led heart rhythm service
  • The largest Endocarditis service in the world
  • The world’s largest cardiac MRI service
  • Internationally-recognised cardiomyopathy team
  • Adult congenital heart disease specialist service
  • National aorto-vascular centre
  • Largest hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy super-specialised service in the country
  • Navigational bronchoscopic treatment
  • Cardiac MRI protocols developed by us used in 23 different countries
  • Da Vinci surgical robot offering precise, minimally invasive treatment

Breast imaging and screening

Our breast imaging and screening facilities at St Bartholomew’s are second to none. With 4 imaging rooms and 3 ultrasound rooms and MRI facilities on site, we are able to help women at all stages of the screening process. Our specialist nurses and counsellors help women through our “one stop” breast imaging service and our breast screening service. Most women are able to walk away after just a couple of hours with analysed results in their hand. For those who need treatment, this can be arranged quickly and easily at the same time as your appointment.

Our facilities

Restaurant and coffee shop

You will be provided with all your meals and refreshments in your private room. However, should you or your relatives wish to venture further afield there are multiple venues serving food and drink in the hospital (and many more nearby though off-site):

  • Eatwell café / Costa – King George V building main hall (basement) – hot / cold drinks, smoothies, sweet treats and light bites. Open 7am-7pm Monday-Friday and 7am-6pm weekends
  • Eatwell café (hot / cold drinks, light bitesand meals) – King George V building 2nd floor (basement). Open 8am-7pm Monday-Friday and 7am-6pm weekends
  • Eatwell café / Costa coffee (hot / cold drinks, and meals) – Catering block (behind East Wing), ground floor. Open 8am-5pm Monday-Sunday
  • Eatwell restaurant (hot / cold drinks, smoothies and meals) – Catering block (behind East Wing), 1st floor. Open 7:30am-3pm Monday-Friday
  • The book and Latte Coffee Shop – West Wing, ground floor. Open 8am-3pm Monday-Friday

Please note that opening hours may be subject to change, especially on weekends. There are also healthy snack vending machines, from the Rude Food Co, on most floors.

Chaplaincy

Chaplains of many faiths are available to speak to all patients, relatives and carers. Information about your religious preference will be passed to the chaplaincy. If you do not wish this to happen, please inform a member of staff.

Shops

The Guild Shop, run by the Barts Friends, can be found on the ground floor of the King George V building. It sells toiletries, confectionery, newspapers and magazines, cards and hospital souvenirs. It opens Monday to Friday, 8.30am-4pm. Opening hours may be subject to change.

Post box

A post box can be found at the Henry VIII Gate entrance.

Private accommodation

Private inpatients at St Bartholomew’s have their own room, with an ensuite accessible bathroom. Rooms are each equipped with their own TV, chairs and access to WiFi. Fruit, biscuits and tea / coffee are provided in every room and refreshed daily. Our menu choices, which vary every day, offer a range of different meals according to your taste and dietary requirements.

How to find St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital is located in the City, close to St Paul’s Cathedral. You can travel to hospital in a number of ways including on foot, by car, by bike or by public transport.

Switchboard: 020 3416 5000

To enquire about our private patient cardiac and cardiology services at the Barts Heart Centre, phone 020 3765 8887 or 020 3765 8751 or email us.

For all other private patient queries please email our private patients team.

By bus

The following buses stop outside or close to the hospital: numbers 4, 8, 25, 56, 172 and 242.

Low-floor wheelchair accessible buses run on all routes serving St Bartholomew's.

By tube

The closest tube stations are Barbican, Blackfriars, Farringdon and St Paul's. All stations are between 5 and10 minutes’ walk away. Barbican and Farringdon are served by the Hammersmith and City line, Metropolitan line and Circle line. Blackfriars is served by the Circle line and District line. St Paul's is served by the Central Line.

By train

The nearest National Rail stations are Blackfriars, Cannon Street, City Thameslink and Farringdon. All are located within walking distance of the hospital. Liverpool Street station is a short tube, bus or taxi ride away.

By car or taxi

We encourage patients not to drive to the hospital as there is no public parking available. If you do need to drive, there is a multi-storey car park close to the hospital on West Smithfield, which is run by the City of London.

The drop-off and pick-up point is in the Square, accessed via King Henry VIII Gate on Giltspur Street or the hospital entrance on Little Britain.

St Bartholomew's Hospital is situated within the congestion charging zone. All patients/visitors who drive to the hospital are therefore required to pay the charge, although there are some exemptions and discounts. These include:

  • those with disabilities who hold a blue badge
  • residents living within the congestion charging zone
  • drivers of alternative fuel vehicles

A full list of categories of drivers/vehicles eligible for exemptions and details of how to pay the charge can be found on the Transport for London congestion charging website.

To qualify for an exemption or discount you must register with Transport for London.

Blue badge holders

As a patient or visitor, you are probably aware of the redevelopment taking place at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Due to this redevelopment, several of the disabled parking bays located in Bartholomew Close have been taken out of use. We apologise for this inconvenience to our patients and visitors. To view parking available to disabled users and all other parking surrounding St Bartholomew's please visit the City of London website.

By bike

We encourage visitors and staff living nearby to cycle to the hospital if possible. Santander cycle hire docking points are available outside the hospital on West Smithfield /Giltspur Street.

The state-of-the-art Barts Heart Centre is located in the King George V wing of the hospital.