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Royal Papworth Hospital is one of the largest and most experienced cardiothoracic centres in Europe.


  • In 1978, we carried out the UK’s first successful heart transplant
  • In 1986, we carried out the world’s first combined heart, lung and liver transplant
  • In 1991, we were the first centre in the world to use nitric oxide for pulmonary hypertension
  • In 2011, we were the first centre in the UK to send home a patient with an artificial heart
  • In 2015, we performed Europe’s first heart transplant using a non-beating heart


We are a major centre for heart and lung transplantation, and the UK’s only centre for pulmonary thromboendarterectomy. Our busy intensive care unit has extensive experience with ¬†mechanical circulatory support, and we are one of five UK centres providing ECMO retrievals for some of the country’s sickest patients.

In September, we will be moving to a stunning new hospital within the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.



Hospital’s past and present showcased at Cambridge Science Festival