University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT

Introduction

Cardiac Surgical Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

About the unit

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital was developed over the course of the mid 1960`s. We are a major centre for coronary bypass and valve operations but also offer surgery in the more specialist and demanding areas including heart and lung transplantation and surgery of the aorta. We have one of the largest and most modern intensive care units in Europe supported by highly qualified nursing and medical staff.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Rehabilitation and follow up

Follow up is generally six weeks from discharge. Cardiac rehabilitation is provided locally or arrangements made with the referring hospital.

Access

Cars are allowed to drop off/pick up on the main hospital drive which also provides wheelchair access. Disabled parking is available close to the hopsital building. There is a pay and display car park a short walking distance from the site.

Visiting hours

15:00-17:00 and 18:00-20:00

Location

Cardiac Surgical Unit University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
Metchley Lane,
Edgbaston,
B15 2TH

Tel: 0121 472 1311 x ward 3398

Trust Website: http://www.uhb.nhs.uk/new-hospital.htm

 

Cardiac Outcomes

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Consultant Cardiac Surgeons 2012 - 2015: 6

Consultant Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeons: 0

Consultant Thoracic Surgeons 2014: 0