Brompton is reputedly no 1. Papworth Hospital twixt Huntingdon and Cambridge (moving to a new purpose built unit of Addenbrookes Hospital south of Cambridge City Centre within the next year) must be no 2 then!
Best known as a preeminent heart hospital - second heart transplant ever to be performed after Christian Barnard's ground-breaker in Capetown was here. Papworth was the first to do a combined heart and lung jobby, which is what made me check out its website 4 years which made me realise they also had a very significant Lung Defence unit.
Ever since, this Unit has taken care of my lungs thru an initially tortuous path of correcting for a wrong diagnosis of lung cancer (by a Yorkshire-based consultant as it happens) to a correct one of a rather rare lung 'Malt' lymphoma which was sucessfully treated by radiation therapy directed by a lymphoma specialist oncology consultant allied to Papworth's Lung Defence Unit and based in Addenbrookes/Cambridge Nuffield Hospitals.
My lungs were still generating sputum so further analysis determined that I had bronchX.
What's great about Papworth for me is that they work on you as a team of specialists but coordinated by a bronchiectasis specialist. I have. In addition to the lymphoma guy and a consultant oncology radiologist I have had sessions with consultant immunolgists, pysiotherapists and parmacologists - all from within or allied to their LD unit. Tomorrow I am seeing the immunologist consultant for my annual MOT and (at the team's suggestion) an ad hoc once over of my heart from one of the Papworth heart specialists.
What is outstanding is that at various strategic review or decision times they tell you that your case/condition will be discussed at the next Thursday am Unit team meeting and it is clear that ideas have been coming from the collective wisdom and experience of a range of specialists/disciplines.
I don't need to name my main specialist as I'm confident they will give you great team care.
Message me if you want names/more details of my treatment/detailed costings (still have all the bills which were sent to me throughout by my Insurer). Get to me very quickly if you want me to ask them any questions on your behalf later tomorrow afternoon -Tues 13th.
PS good luck from a (fellow?) Yokshireperson! Born Donny, educated Carlisle and Essex Uni. Career Leeds, London and US. Currently having a second life in Thailand and back staying with my Cambridge-living sister for a week so as to visit Papworth again!