The hospital first opened in 1911 as a tuberculosis hospital and when Pendrill Varrier-Jones conceived the idea, he wanted to create not just a hospital, but a community. This sense of community remains, but our work has grown over the years.
During the 1950s, Papworth became one of the region’s main hospitals, developing first thoracic surgery, then cardiac surgery and cardiology.
Today, we are a two-star trust providing adult services in cardiology, cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery and respiratory medicine. We are the country’s main heart and lung transplant centre.
We treat over 3,000 in patients and day cases and 20,000 outpatients patients each year, have 400 staff, 123 beds and an annual budget of over £80 million.