Thoracic Services

Papworth Hospital provides care to patients with a wide range of acute and chronic chest conditions.

Thoracic Surgery

Papworth Hospital is a major centre for thoracic surgery using latest research and new techniques. Examples include surgery for the following:

  • Lung Cancer
  • Complex lung resections
  • Minimal access surgery
  • Lung function
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Investigation and management of pleural diseases
  • Chest wall surgery
  • Pectus surgery
  • Airway surgery
  • Surgery for the mediastinum
  • Metastasectomy
  • Thoracic Sarcoma
  • Thoracic outlet problems
  • Excessive upper body sweating
  • Diseases of the diaphragm

Thoracic Oncology

The emphasis at Papworth is on investigation, diagnosis, surgery, and management of pulmonary complications of thoracic cancer and uses the expertise of all the disciplines.

Advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques are available within the unit. These include:

  • Endobronchial and endoscopic ultrasound
  • Medical thoracoscopy
  • Auto fluorescence bronchoscopy
  • Interventional bronchoscopic stenting
  • Tumour debulking
  • Tunnelled intrapleural catheter programme

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD)

The interstitial lung disease service treats patients with unusual lung conditions which are difficult to diagnose and treat. Patients undergo a programme of investigations. The results are discussed by a multidisciplinary team in order to establish a diagnosis and personal plan.

Respiratory Infection, Inflammation and Immunology (RIII) Service

One of the largest services in Europe devoted to the treatment of chronic lung infections.

The Lung Defence Service has a reputation for securing diagnosis and treatment for patients with difficult pulmonary infections. It is the only service in the UK to have a dedicated bronchiectasis ward.

The Cystic Fibrosis Centre has gained a national and international reputation for its contribution to research. It provides single ensuite rooms for adult patients. The rooms are air-conditioned and designed to improve the patient experience with features such as televisions, DVD players and Wii Fit games.

Respiratory Physiology Laboratory

The Laboratory provides for the most advanced diagnostic technology and methods used in respiratory function measurement in the continual assessment of respiratory problems.

Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit (PVDU)

Papworth is one of the UK's leading specialist centres for the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary vascular diseases. The PVDU is uniquely able to offer both medical therapy and surgical treatment under one roof.

Papworth is the only UK hospital to offer Pulmonary Endarterectomy (PEA) surgery for pulmonary hypertension. Papworth's accumulated experience of over 500 operations represents the third largest world experience.