Breast Cancer Centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Introduction to the Barts Breast Cancer Centre

Barts Health will open a new breast cancer unit at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London in 2026.

It's being built to mark the 900th anniversary of St Bartholomew’s Hospital and will perform approximately 1,200 operations per year.

The new centre will enable patients to access treatment from a team of surgical specialists.

By having their surgery in the same location as research teams and facilities, they will also be far more able to join clinical trials, potentially benefiting from the most promising new drugs, and contributing to better treatments.

This image is a sketch of the planned new breast centre at St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Why breast cancer?

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK and accounts for approximately 40% of all oncology therapies delivered by Barts Health. 

North East London Cancer Alliance is working with Barts Health to improve breast cancer survival rates, which are currently lower than in other parts of England.

The image shows the inside of a breast cancer surgery operating theatre.

Why at St Bartholomew's Hospital?

In Spring 2019, Barts Health set out its surgical strategy. The strategy seeks to establish centres of excellence through surgical consolidation. The strategy identified SBH as the best place for breast surgery because it builds on other SBH services like radiotherapy, chemotherapy, research and the Maggie’s Centre.

The image is of the inside of a hospital room in the new breast cancer centre, with hospital beds.

Where will the breast centre be?

The entrance to the Centre will be through the iconic East Wing. In keeping with our architecturally rich surroundings, the design bridges the Grade 1 listed East Wing and the more modern catering block. The Centre will operate in a single horizontal space across both buildings.

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What will be in the space?

The new space will house 3 state of the art operating theatres, a recovery space and a 12-bedded dedicated day case and inpatient ward.

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For more information

The Centre is planned to open towards the end of 2026. It is being funded through generous support from Barts Charity as part of the 900th Campaign.

Read more about the campaign on the Barts Charity website.

Read a news article on The Standard website.