Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Barts Health NHS Trust
About the unit
Barts Health NHS Trust is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in Britain serving over 2.5 million people. It is formed of 3 hospitals: The London Chest (founded in 1848, in Bethnal Green), St Bartholomew’s (founded in 1123, in the City of London) and the Royal London (founded in 1740, in Whitechapel). Prior to 2015, there were cardiac surgery units at both St Bartholomew’s Hospital and at The London Chest Hospital. There was also a separate cardiac surgery unit at University College London’s Heart Hospital.
In April 2015 The Barts Heart Centre was formed by the merger of three cardiac units: The Heart Hospital UCLH, The London Chest Hospital and St Bartholomews. The surgeons who previously worked at the legacy sites are now part of one team at Barts Heart Centre on the St Bartholomews Hospital site in a new purpose built unit.
Adult Cardiac Surgery
At both the London Chest and St Bartholomew’s Hospitals, cars are allowed to pull close to the main entrance where patients can be picked up or dropped off. There is wheelchair access. In addition there is ample parking on pay and display bays on Bonner Road and metered bays at West Smithfield.
Wards are open to visitors between 9.30am – 8pm except during mealtimes (12.15 – 1.15pm and 6 – 7pm). There are no fixed hours for visiting patients on the ITU as long as this is arranged with the Sister in Charge.
St Bartholomew’s Hospital,
West Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE,
The London Chest Hospital,
Tel: Main switchboard: 020 7370 700
Trust Website: http://www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/
Number and type of operations performed
This graph shows the number and percentage of each type of heart surgery done by this consultant surgeon. The number of operations is shown in the line going up the left hand side. The percentage (%) underneath each coloured bar shows how much of this consultant's heart surgery is made up each procedure type.
The 'key' underneath the graph shows what procedure(s) each coloured bar shows. The abbreviations used are explained below:
- Isolated: This procedure has been carried out on its own. No other procedures were done during the same operation.
- CABG: Coronary artery bypass grafting
- AVR: Aortic valve replacement
- MV: Mitral valve procedure
You can find out more about these procedures in the 'About cardiothoracic surgery' section. If you or someone you know if having heart surgery, it may be helpful to know whether the consultant does lots of that procedure. If you have questions or concerns about the number of procedures being done at your hospital, you should speak to your heart surgeon.
In-hospital survival rate (risk adjusted)
This graph shows the percentage of patients who survived their operation and left hospital alive. This is the 'In-hospital survival rate'. Some patients are more unwell than others and some need more complex operations. Hence, hospitals and consultants perform a range of cardiac operations and the type of patients they operate on can differ. So that we can make fair comparisons between them, the survival rates have been 'risk adjusted' to take into account the illness of the patient and the complexity of the operation. The dot on the graph shows the risk-adjusted survival for the unit/surgeon you have selected and the number of operations performed over the last 3 year period. The blue line indicates the predicted survival and the red dotted lines the range of results expected, worked out by complex statistics.
For more information on understanding mortality rates, look at the Understanding the graphs page
Average patient risk profile
Some risk factors like age, gender, and other medical problems can affect the outcome of heart surgery.
Each of the graphs below shows what percentage of this consultant's patients have each risk factor (light blue bar on the left) next to the average for the whole of the UK (dark blue bar on the right). This can tell you whether the consultant operates on high risk patients in general, and whether they specialise in doing particular types of complicated surgery, like operations on the thoracic aorta.
You can find out more about the risk factors in the 'About cardiothoracic surgery' section.
Risk adjusted in-hospital survival for all units
This graph shows the percentage of patients who survived their operation and left hospital alive. This is the 'In-hospital survival rate'. Some patients are more unwell than others and some need more complex operations. Hence, hospitals and consultants perform a range of cardiac operations and the type of patients they operate on can differ. So that we can make fair comparisons between them, the survival rates have been 'risk adjusted' to take into account the illness of the patient and the complexity of the operation. The dot on the graph shows the risk-adjusted survival for the unit/surgeon you have selected in comparison with the other units and surgeons in GB&I.