Cardiovascular and thoracics at London Bridge Hospital: A centre of excellence for all adult cardiac conditions

27 Tooley Street , London, SE1 2PR
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Our cardiac centre of excellence

London Bridge Hospital is one of the leading cardiovascular centres in the UK.  Here consultants are able to carry out a wide range of cardiac procedures, including the most complex, and provide specialised cardiac investigations using the latest imaging technologies. We’re able to support high risk patients thanks to our Level 3 Intensive Care Units staffed by specialists in cardiac intensive care medicine.

Early identification of heart disease can save lives. Here eminent consultant cardiologists provide rapid access to consultation, investigation, diagnosis and treatment of all forms of cardiovascular disease. Patients referred to a consultant cardiologist will have many of the necessary diagnostic tests immediately after an initial appointment in our cardiology department at our St Olaf House outpatients centre. 

Why London Bridge Hospital?


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    Unprecedented access to clinical leaders from the three major teaching hospital cardiac centres of London

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    A cardiac genetics unit investigating and treating even the most complex and rare inherited conditions

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    The very latest proven treatments and procedures for cardiovascular conditions in adults over 18

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    Novel therapies and procedures to unblock arteries minimally invasively in vulnerable patients who aren’t candidates for heart surgery

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    The full range of surgical approaches from open heart to minimal access surgery, and minimally invasive interventional cardiology

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    A cardiac clinic led by consultant cardiologists and physiologist so patients can access diagnostics and medical treatment, as quickly as possible, often in one visit

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    Patients supported by cardiovascular specialists: consultant radiologists, cardiac clinical nurse specialists and physiologists

The latest proven interventional and surgical techniques

Patients have access to broadly three types of cardiovascular consultants. Initial investigation would come under a cardiologist or interventional cardiologist. Following a diagnosis and if more than medical management is required, your consultant will recommend an interventional procedure or surgery.

Cardiac diagnostics and investigation

Building a detailed picture of the heart is critical to the accurate diagnosis and treatment of every cardiac condition. The London Bridge Hospital team includes fully equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to support our consultant cardiologists and radiologists as they perform all specialised tests for cardiac patients.

These diagnostic tests include:

  • trans-oesophageal echocardiograms
  • cardiac CT and MRI
  • stress testing
  • electrocardiogram to analyse the heart’s internal electrical activity (electrophysiology).

Consultants advancing their fields of medicine

We host an enviable list of cardiologists and cardiac surgeons who are leaders in this rapidly advancing field of medicine. Many of London Bridge Hospital’s consultants are pioneering techniques to transform lives: the world’s first radiation-free ablation to alleviate an irregular heartbeat; coronary revascularisation in patients who have until now been inoperable; and minimal access cardiac surgeries to minimise trauma to the body, lower risk of infection and speed recovery. 

Some of the latest cardiac procedures at London Bridge Hospital

We carry out a comprehensive range of adult cardiac procedures, including the latest techniques to the independent sector, in the hands of our experienced consultants. Some of these techniques, used for patients who can’t tolerate cardiac surgery, are less traumatic to the patient, have quicker recovery times and can improve outcomes. Our multidisciplinary teams’ subspecialties stretch across the numerous anatomical structures of the heart for patients with:

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    Valve disease

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    Congenital heart disease

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    Coronary artery disease

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    Inherited cardiac disease (including genetic testing)

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    Heart failure


Complex revascularisation 

An increasing number of techniques have been pioneered to treat patients with coronary artery disease – especially those who might otherwise be poor candidates for surgery. These are minimally invasive procedures carried out in catheter labs by interventional cardiologists using wires and other technology via blood vessels in the groin or arm. Here they treat major coronary arteries that are completely blocked (chronic total occlusion) or heavily calcified with the latest techniques and technology.


Minimal access surgery

In an increasing number of cases, minimal access procedures will be an alternative to open heart surgery. It can mean faster recovery times, less pain after surgery, a reduced risk of infection and improved cosmetic results.

TAVI at London Bridge Hospital


Led by interventional cardiologists in our catheter labs, transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a minimally invasive game-changer for patients with a faulty aortic valve.

Consultant Conal Austin PEARS London Bridge Hospital


Here at London Bridge Hospital, we perform the ground-breaking ExoVasc® Personalised External Aortic Root Support (PEARS) procedure. This involves the creation and fitting of a bespoke, external aortic root support, precisely fitted to the patient’s aorta to treat a dilating aortic root.

Professor Gerald Carr-White Cardiac Genetics

The Cardiac Genetics Clinic

This clinic specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of a group of cardiac diseases that are inherited. These can be detected due to a family member being diagnosed or through certain symptoms or conditions. When an inherited condition is suspected, genetic testing is recommended so that any tests and treatments can be started quickly.

Vascular and endovascular treatment

Providing one of the most extensive private vascular services in the UK, here the latest techniques are used in the treatment of many peripheral vascular conditions.

Endoscopic cardiac surgery consultants

Endoscopic keyhole cardiac surgery

A minimally invasive procedure to treat a wide variety of heart valve conditions, coronary artery disease, PFO and Atrial Fibrillation. Due to a smaller incision, it allows for less scarring, faster recovery time and less complications for patients.

Mr Aziz’s story

Watch Prof James Spratt and Dr Jonathan Hill, Consultant Interventional Cardiologists, solve a patient's blocked coronary arteries using the latest percutaneous (keyhole) techniques - through a tiny incision in the arm or groin.

James’ story

Follow Mr Conal Austin, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon, into cardiac surgery where he is able to fix James’ dilating aorta (at the root).

A meeting of the finest cardiac minds

The cardiac multidisciplinary team (MDT) meets regularly to agree how to approach their most challenging cases. The subtleties of patients’ complex needs are presented, and opinions aired, in the cardiac MDT meeting.

Each case is discussed by some of the world’s leading cardiac surgeons and cardiologists, many manage departments and clinical teams in distinguished London teaching hospital institutions. Together they decide the best course of action – especially for those patients with complex and varied health conditions.

A seamless experience for patients

Patient journeys to healthcare can be complex and challenging to navigate around. Taking advantage of new technologies can help improve the patient experience, outcomes and efficiencies within a hospital. However, the task on hand remains the same: how to create a cohesive ecosystem that integrates innovative technologies and expert capabilities to deliver high-quality patient care.

Mr Chris Young, Cardiothoracic Surgeon at London Bridge Hospital and HCA UK’s Chief of Cardiac Council, discusses how specialists gain a deeper understanding on how to provide a seamless patient experience in the realm of cardiology.

Physiologists in our cardiology department

We have a dedicated unit run by clinical physiologists trained to the highest standard in cardiology, respiratory and sleep assessment. Located in St Olaf House, the cardiology team is divided into specialists within fields such as electrophysiology, implantable devices and non-invasive investigation – and each device specialist is accredited by the International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners or the Heart Rhythm UK Council. Following consultations with their cardiologist, patients will receive the tests they need.

Perfusion and blood management

Our chief perfusionist heads the team that operates the cardiopulmonary bypass machines we use during surgery.  At London Bridge Hospital we have developed the most advanced, sophisticated and safe bypass technology. One example of this is coating the bypass circuit to mimic our own anatomy. This can prevent rare inflammatory responses and bleeding in the small number of patients who might have an adverse reaction to bypass. 

Cardiac rehabilitation and physiotherapy

Cardiac rehabilitation plays a critical role in long-term recovery and wellbeing. Our dedicated rehabilitation CNS supports all patients undergoing heart surgery. This close collaboration with consultants, cardiac nurses, exercise physiologists, occupational therapists and dieticians ensures continuity of care before, during and after a hospital stay. Specialised cardiac physiotherapists are also a crucial part of the surgical team helping patients in the early stages of recovery.

Clinical nurse specialists

Not every private hospital has cardiac Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), but we do – just as we do for all our major fields of medicine. They specialise in cardiac care, offering deep medical knowledge which allows them to explain complex clinical information and help patients make decisions that are right for them. They’ll manage a patient’s treatment and provide much valued support for patients and their families, right through to aftercare. The three main areas of CNS support are interventional cardiology, surgery and rehabilitation post-surgery, and for patients with arrhythmia.

Contact London Bridge Hospital

For patient appointments and enquiries email us or call:  

020 7234 2009
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