At the Barts Thorax Centre, we place the patient at the heart of what we do.
In many hospitals, patients travel between different specialists, from respiratory physicians to thoracic surgeons to oncologists. Here at the Barts Thorax Centre, we believe in joined-up care. Uniquely, we bring all the specialists in chest conditions under one roof, so that you are looked after by the whole chest team rather than just your specialists.
We have respiratory physicians, thoracic surgeons and thoracic oncologists, who are leaders in their field, supported behind the scenes with our specialist thoracic pathologists and radiologists. This way we ensure you get the best opinion at all times.
We offer assessment and treatment of the full range of conditions of the chest, from lung conditions to airway conditions and chest wall conditions. All our wards and clinics are multidisciplinary and a specialist opinion is never far away. By working closely together, we make sure your care is coordinated, and if needed, your care moves seamlessly between the different specialists.
We share our home with the Barts Heart Centre, a world-renowned and the largest cardiovascular centre in Europe. Our heart doctors work very closely with the Thorax Centre team. If you require assessment or treatment of your heart condition whilst with us, this can be arranged quickly and easily without needing to travel to another hospital, reducing the wait, inconvenience and delay to your treatment.
At the Barts Thorax Centre we have state-of-the art equipment and technology at your disposal. We are the regional Cyberknife treatment centre, the only centre in the UK with a dedicated Da Vinci Xi robot (the most advanced robot) dedicated to thoracic surgery operations, the only centre in the world performing cancer treatment with navigation bronchoscopy, and the regional mesothelioma centre and one of only 4 centres in the UK, and the only centre in London, offering radical surgery for mesothelioma under the MARS-2 trial. We also have a hybrid theatre dedicated to cardiothoracic surgery, and we have a active intraoperative localisation programme developing ways to find and treat small, very early lung cancers, before they spread.
We have a very active research programme, from improving current treatments to developing new treatments. We are recognised regional training centres for navigation bronchoscopy, robotic surgery, image-guided thoracic surgery and cyberknife radiosurgery.
The thoracic surgery team can be contacted directly on 020 3765 8843.
For urgent discussion or inpatient consultation, the thoracic surgery on-call doctor can be contacted via switchboard.
Referrals can be made to: Department of thoracic surgery, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE
Wards 4C, 4D and 4E
KGV Building, St Bartholomew's Hospital
Ground floor, Atrium, St Bartholomew's Hospital
Specialist thoracic imaging takes place in the KGV building with the CT scanner, MRI and echocardiogram conveniently located next to the clinic.
Lung function and bronchoscopy are situated in the Thorax Centre on the fourth floor.