St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital

St Bartholomew's Hospital is an internationally renowned teaching hospital in the City of London.

We offer a full range of local and specialist services and are a centre of excellence for cancer and cardiac care.

The state-of-the-art Barts Heart Centre and Barts Cancer Centre are both located in the King George V wing of the hospital.

We’re also home to one of the busiest heart attack centres in the United Kingdom.

Our list of innovative services includes robotic surgery and complex electrophysiology. We’re a leading provider of stem cell transplantation and immunotherapy for cancer treatment.

We have a number of additional services on site, including specialised fertility services, a minor injuries unit and outpatient services.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital is the oldest hospital in Britain occupying the site it was originally built on. Healthcare has been provided at this site since 1123.

Please note: we do not offer A&E services at St Bartholomew's Hospital.

For A&E, please go to University College Hospital near Euston or The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.

St Bartholomew's Hospital is rated 'good' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Find out more on the CQC's website.

St Bartholomew's CQC result

Barts Cancer Centre

Barts Cancer Centre has an international reputation for treating both common and rare cancers.

The Centre, which is the second biggest of its kind in London, provides cancer services to more than 1.5 million people from across east London, the south and east of England. 

It’s also a tertiary referral centre for some specialist national services.

As well as offering the latest minimally invasive surgical procedures, cancer drugs, stem cell and gene therapies, Barts Cancer Centre has an impressive array of cutting-edge imaging, radiotherapy and radio surgery technology. 

Patients at Barts Cancer Centre are offered access to leading research and clinical trials.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital is a Cancer Research UK Centre of Excellence and National Institute for Health Research Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Centre.

Barts Heart Centre and Heart Attack Centre

Barts Heart Centre

Barts Heart Centre is Europe’s largest specialised cardiovascular centre, integrating staff and services from three sites in one and covering a population of around six million people.

With state-of-the-art facilities including 10 theatres, 10 cath labs, 250 general and cardiac beds and 55 critical care beds, our Heart Centre aspires to perform more heart surgery, MRI and CT scans than any other centre in the world.

Home to the National Cardiac Audit Programme, Barts Heart Centre is part of the wider cardiovascular services delivered by Barts Health and works with hospitals in the area to provide comprehensive care for patients, ensuring that the majority of care is provided as close to home as possible.

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.

Heart Attack Centre

A heart attack is a serious event and receiving specialist treatment as soon as possible greatly improves survival and recovery. The Heart Attack Centre provides dedicated emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing rapid access to a team with the specialist expertise and equipment required to treat someone who has had a heart attack, in a state-of-the-art hospital.

Ambulance crews are trained to recognise the signs of a heart attack and to bring the patient directly to the Heart Attack Centre instead of an emergency department. This may mean that ambulance crews bypass hospitals that might be nearer, but this is to ensure the correct treatment is available as quickly as possible.

How to find us

St Bartholomew's Hospital address

St Bartholomew's Hospital 
West Smithfield 
London 
EC1A 7BE

Switchboard telephone number

020 3416 5000

If you are having trouble contacting a department, you can also try our Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0203 465 5919.

Getting here

St Bartholomew's Hospital is located in the City of London, close to St Paul’s Cathedral.

You can travel to the hospital in a number of ways including on foot, by car, by bike or by public transport.

Plan your journey using the Transport for London (TfL) journey planner or through the travel information below.

TfL can offer advice on planning a journey using an accessible route and can provide a mentor to come with you for your first few journeys to help you gain confidence and become an independent traveller. To find out more complete TfL’s online form.

By bus

The following buses stop outside or close to the hospital: 4, 8, 17, 25 (24 hour service), 45 46, 56, 63, 76, 100, 153, 172, 242 (24 hour service) and 521 (Mondays-Fridays only) as well as night buses N8, N63 and N76.

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

By tube

The closest underground stations are Barbican, Blackfriars, Farringdon, Moorgate and St Paul's. All stations are between 6 and 15 minutes’ walk from St Bartholomew's Hospital.

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. Moorgate is served by the Northern Line. St Paul's is served by the Central Line.

By train

The nearest National Rail stations are Blackfriars, Cannon Street, City Thameslink, Moorgate and Farringdon. All stations are between 6 and 15 minutes’ walk away.

Liverpool Street station is a 17 minute walk or a short tube, bus or taxi ride away.

Freedom passes

The Older Persons Freedom Pass allows free travel across London and free local bus journeys nationally.

The Disabled Persons Freedom Pass allows free travel across London and free bus journeys nationally. You can use your pass on most journeys across London but there are a few exceptions to when and where you can use your card.

A 60+ London Oyster photocard allows you to travel free on public transport in London from the age of 60 until you qualify for a Freedom Pass. To be eligible for a 60+ London Oyster photocard, you must live in a London borough and be aged 60 or over.

To find out more about the above listed Freedom passes, visit the London Councils website.

By car or taxi

There is no public parking at the hospital so we encourage patients and visitors not to travel by car where this is possible.

If you do need to drive, the Rotunda multi-storey public car park is close to the hospital on West Smithfield, which is run by the City of LondonNCP Aldersgate Multi-Storey is also located close to the site.

St Bartholomew's Hospital operates a one-way system and allows for drop off and pick up with three designated laybys, with a maximum stay of 10-minutes.

You can access the drop off point from Giltspur Street and exit onto King Edward Street.

Infopoints at the hospital allow you to make free calls to taxi companies and public transport information lines to arrange your journey home.

There is an infopoint located at the main entrance of the King George V building on King Edward Street. There are additional infopoints at the exit of Clinic 2, at the patient transport lounge by Clinic 3 and there will soon be a further infopoint by the discharge lounge outside Ward 4A.

Blue badge holders

There are a small number of parking bays for drivers with Blue Badges on site, these are accessed via Giltspur Street. As a patient or visitor, you may be aware 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.

Drivers who are registered disabled and have a Blue Badge can also check where to park at on the City of London Corporation website.

Congestion Charge Zone

St Bartholomew's Hospital is situated within the congestion charging zone. All patients and 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 and 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.

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)

From 8 April 2019 the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will operate in central London, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, in the same area as the Congestion Charging Zone.

If you drive to St Bartholomew's Hospital, use Transport for London’s online vehicle checker to see if you will be affected. Visit the Transport for London website.

Refunds of hospital transport costs 

You may be able to claim a refund for the cost of your transport to hospital through the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) if you:

  • are not eligible for patient transport services (PTS)
  • cannot afford the cost of travelling to hospital
  • cannot get a friend or relative to take you

Refer to Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme (HTCS) for more information on who is eligible, what the conditions are and how you can access the scheme.

By bike

We encourage visitors, staff and patients living nearby to cycle to the hospital if possible. Cycle parking facilities are available around the hospital.

There are several cycle routes in the area surrounding the hospital including Cycle Superhighway 6 (CS6), which runs between Elephant and Castle and King's Cross.

The hospital appears on TfL’s Local Cycling Guide 1, 7 and 14. You can order this guide for free by calling 0343 222 1234.

Santander cycles are available to hire and dock from near St Bartholomew's Hospital at:

  • West Smithfield Rotunda, Farringdon (outside the King Henry VIII Gatehouse Entrance)
  • King Edward Street, St Paul's (outside the King George V building entrance)

Our facilities

State-of-the-art facilities

The hospital’s state-of-the-art facilities includes 23 wards, 10 theatres, 10 catheter labs, a 306 inpatient bed capacity with 55 critical care beds and accommodation for 135 day cases, all supported by more than 2,500 staff and partners.

The hospital has a spacious layout designed around the needs of patients and staff. Forty per cent of the beds are large en-suite single rooms; the remainder are spacious two and four bedded bays.

The environment is designed to reduce noise and the temperature is controlled by ventilated fresh air that is specially treated before it enters the building to reduce the risk of airborne infection.

St Bartholomew’s has received the Macmillan Quality and Environment Mark for chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Overnight accommodation

James Hora Home at The Royal London Hospital provides accommodation for relatives and carers of critical care and surgical patients. The home also accommodates patients who may find it difficult to make regular visits to St  Bartholomew’s Hospital for treatment.

The home has space for up to 26 guests. Please speak to a member of the ward/clinic staff about a referral to stay in James Hora Home or contact them on 078 8055 3525.

Please note that direct bookings cannot be made.

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

A shop can be found on the ground floor of the King George V building, which sells toiletries, confectionery, newspapers and magazines, cards and hospital souvenirs.

The shop is open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-4pm.

The shop is run by volunteers from the Barts Guild. Opening hours may be subject to change.

Post box

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

Restaurant and coffee shop

There are a wide range of meals and snacks at the hospital restaurant on the first floor of the catering building, behind the East Wing.

The restaurant is from open 11.45am-3pm, Monday-Friday.

Light refreshments are available from the coffee shop, open from 7.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday, on the ground floor of the same building.

There is a restaurant on the second floor of the King George V building, which serves hot food from 12pm-2.30pm and 5pm-6.30pm, Monday to Sunday. Cold snacks are served every day from 2.30pm-5pm.

There are also takeaway coffee shops in the basement of the King George V building and on the ground floor of the West Wing.

Wifi

Free wifi is available throughout the hospital. There’s no time limit on use, and capacity has been expanded in order to ensure continuous access for as many users as possible.

Please note that the wifi cannot support streaming movies or high-intensity computer games.

The wifi can be accessed by completing the following steps:

  • Connect to the NHS wifi wireless network
  • Open your web browser
  • From the welcome page, accept the terms and conditions
  • Browse the internet and send and receive emails

If you encounter any problems, please call the 24/7 helpdesk on 0344 848 9555.

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum and Archives 

Set in the historic North Wing of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, the Museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history.

The archives, also based in the North Wing, hold documents dating back to 1137, available for research.

Find out more about the museum and archives at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Our wards

Contact numbers and visiting hours

Ward Telephone number Visiting hours
Basement reception 02034655222  
Clinic 1 02034656467  
Clinic 2 02034655665
02034655664
 
Clinic 3 02037658154  
1C 02037658344 2:30pm-8pm
1D 02037658327 2:30pm-8pm
1E

0203 765 8320
0203 765 8312
0203 765 8316

2.30pm-8pm
2nd floor reception, including Clinic 5 02034655855  
Cath labs 02034658065  
Radial lounge 02034656387
02034655972
 
3A West 02034656537
02034656530
02034655531
24/7
3A East 02034655400
02034655416
24/7
3D 02034657397 2pm-8pm
4A 02037658106 10am-noon, 2pm-8pm
4B 02034656366/ 02034656364 10.30am-noon, 2.30pm-8pm
4C 02034656586 9am-8pm
4D 02037658076 8am-8pm
4E 02037658088
02037658388
24/7
5A

02034655550
02034656567
02034655553

10am-noon, 1pm-8pm
5B 02034656551
02034655567
02034655552
10am-noon, 1pm-8pm
5C 02034655508 10am-noon, 1pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm
5D 02034655346 10am-noon, 1pm-5pm, 6pm-8pm
6A 02034656911 2.30pm-8pm
6C

02034655506

 
6D 02034656545
02034655545
 
7A 02034656789
02034656786
 

Contact our departments

Surgical Admissions Unit: single point of contact

The single point of contact office (SPOC) for patients who need to contact us about their heart surgery is 0203 465 5655.

For patients who need to contact us about their lung procedure or surgery, please call 0203 465 6066.

Please be aware, your call may go through to an answerphone. However, we will return your call as quickly as possible.

Cardiology: consultant contact details

Consultant

Specialty

Telephone number

Professor Richard Schilling

Dr Simon Sporton

Electrophysiology

0203 765 8846

Dr Oliver Segal

Dr Mehul Dhinoja

Dr Edward Rowland

Electrophysiology

0203 765 8646

Dr Vivienne Ezzat

Dr Martin Lowe

Electrophysiology

0203 765 8649

Dr Fakhar Khan

Dr Anthony Chow

Electrophysiology

0203 765 8691

Prof Pier Lambiase

Dr Ron Simon

Electrophysiology

0203 765 8647

Dr Mark Earley

Dr Ross Hunter

Electrophysiology

0203 765 8651

Dr Syed Ahsan

Electrophysiology

0203 765 8845

Dr Andrew Archbold

Dr Andrew Wragg

Interventional cardiology

0203 765 8712

Prof Adam Timmis

Interventional cardiology

0203 765 8714

Prof Charles Knight

Prof Anthony Mathur

Dr Elliot Smith

Dr Dan Jones

Interventional cardiology

0203 765 8715

Dr Ajay Jain                

Dr Julia Grapsa

Interventional cardiology

0203 765 8639

Dr Simon Kennon

Dr Mike Mullen

Dr Mick Ozkor

Interventional cardiology

0203 765 8638

Dr Paul Rees

Prof David Wald

Dr Arvinder Kurbaan

Dr Carl Hayward

Interventional cardiology

0203 765 8637

Cardiology: general contact details

Electrophysiology and interventional cardiology admissions

Contact number

Interventional cardiology admissions

0203 765 8734,  0203 765 8732, 0203 765 8695

Electrophysiology admissions

0203 765 8730, 0203 765 8729, 0203 765 8733

Whipps Cross admissions (electrophysiology and interventional cardiology)

Via main switchboard 020 3416 5000, using exttension 10502

Cardiac admissions team lead

0203 765 8731

Cardiac admissions

bhnt.cardiologylabbooking@nhs.net

Pre-operative assessment

0203 465 5959

 

 

Electrophysiology and interventional cardiology wards

Telephone number

Ward 3A East: interventional cardiology

0203 465 5400

Ward 3A West: electrophysiology

0203 465 6537

Ward 3C: interventional cardiology

0203 465 8061

Ward 3D: interventional cardiology

0203 465 7397