The London Bridge Thoracic Group


Occupying a unique place in the field of respiratory and thoracic medicine

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020 7234 2007

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street

London  SE1 2PR

About The London Bridge Thoracic Group

We’re proud to host this partnership of five eminent respiratory and thoracic consultants. The group have trained all over the world and are leaders in one of the UK’s highest volume respiratory and thoracic centres, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

This unique team of consultants provide the most extensive private respiratory and thoracic surgery services in the UK and specialise in all conditions of the lungs; from common respiratory conditions such as asthma and sleep apnoea to lung cancers, TB and inflammatory diseases.

Easy and rapid access to consultants and diagnostics

Patients can usually be seen by Professor George Santis for a respiratory consultation within two days and most investigations can be carried out in one visit. Rapid on-site evaluation (ROSE) during endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is available - the gold standard of care in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. 


The London Bridge Thoracic Group team

Professor George Santis

Professor George Santis

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Andrea Bille  Consultant Thoracic Surgeon HCA UK

Mr Andrea Bille

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Thomas Routledge Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Mr Thomas Routledge

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Karen Harrison-Phipps Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Mrs Karen Harrison-Phipps

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

John Pilling Cardiothoracic Surgery

Mr John Pilling

Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

The latest diagnostic and imaging technology

Our facilities provide an extensive range of the most accurate yet least invasive diagnostic procedures to help diagnose and treat all respiratory and thoracic conditions. Diagnostic tests include:

  • CT guided biopsy
  • Mediastinoscopy – a test looking at the centre of your chest, carried out under general anaesthetic, where tissue is removed through a tiny cut in your chest
  • Ventilation-perfusion studies – assessing airflow and blood flow to the lungs through the inhalation of radioactive material
  • Percutaneous lung biopsy, pleural aspiration and biopsy
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET)
  • Histamine Provocation test
  • Assessment of sleep disorders and sleep apnoea
  • Fitness to fly assessments


Some of the conditions we treat

  • Acute and Chronic Lung Infections
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mediastinal tumours, including thymoma
  • Metastatic cancer to lung and pleura
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural empyema
  • Pneumothorax
  • Pleural effusions
  • Chest wall conditions such as pectus excavatum or carinatum, chest wall factures
  • Abnormalities of diaphragm muscle function including endometriosis

Diagnosing and treating post COVID-19 patients

Prof George Santis, Consultant Respiratory Physician, provides a one-stop post COVID-19 service for patients with persistent chest symptoms. All diagnostics, including CT imaging are carried out in one visit. 

Since the pandemic began, Prof Santis has been treating patients with residual damage and inflammation in the lung with extremely positive results, reversing the effects in the majority of cases. 

A centre for robotic surgery for lung cancers and thymoma

In the hands of experienced robotic surgeons such as Mr Routledge and Mr Bille, appropriate lung cancer patients can benefit from robotic surgery including: minimal scarring from tiny incisions, lower infection rates, less blood loss and pain, lower conversion to open rates than laparoscopic, and a faster recovery time. 

In robotic thoracic cases the far shorter length of stay in hospital can be as little as two days post surgery.

Innovation in the treatment of lung cancer

Medicine is ushering in a new era in cancer treatment. Just a few years ago, stage 4 lung cancer patients would have been looking at palliative care. But thanks to more recent innovations such as immunotherapy, patients can achieve remission. 

“For oncologists who have been giving chemotherapy with bleak outcomes and no real clinical progress for decades, suddenly in the last two years it’s changed dramatically. And the rate of change continues to accelerate.” Mr Tom Routledge, Consultant Thoracic Surgeon.

The London Bridge Thoracic Group consultants have a long-established reputation in the treatment of lung cancers, with access to all systemic and surgical treatments at London Bridge Hospital. We also treat metastatic cancers and other cancers within the chest.

Our location

27 Tooley Street

London SE1 2PR

Contact us

The London Bridge Thoracic Centre is situated in London Bridge Hospital.

020 7234 2007
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