Founded as a tuberculosis colony in 1918, Royal Papworth Hospital has established an international reputation for excellence in research and innovation. Ninety-eight per cent of patients say they would recommend Royal Papworth Hospital to their friends and family.

Since carrying out the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, the hospital also performed Europe's first successful heart-lung transplant in 1984 followed by the world's first heart-lung and liver in 1986. 

The hospital was granted Royal status by Her Majesty the Queen in 2017 in acknowledgement of the world-leading treatments and pioneering medical care that it produces. 

Royal Papworth Hospital has the UK’s largest Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre (RSSC). It is the only centre in the UK for a number of specialist services including Pulmonary Endarterectomy and Balloon Pulmonary Angioplasty (BPA).  

It is the only UK hospital who offer pulmonary endarterectomy surgery and have the second largest experience in the world. This is an operation – which can take up to 10 hours – to clear blood clots from the arteries of the lungs to reduce breathlessness and prolong life.

Royal Papworth Hospital is a member of Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), a partnership between one of the world's leading universities and three NHS Foundation Trusts. CUHP delivers world-class excellence in healthcare, research, clinical education and improves the health of people across Cambridgeshire and the wider regions.

Royal Papworth moved to a brand new, state-of-the-art building on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in May 2019.