Outcomes of surgery
The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery has set patients' interests as its first priority. We feel that patients will want to be able to find out about their condition, find a centre that specialises in that condition and get some information about the consultant surgeon who would perform their surgery. We also understand that patients may also be interested in the results of surgery by specific hospitals and surgeons.
We have therefore published the results of surgery on this website - details of the types of surgery performed and mortality rates for all hospitals and the majority of surgeons are given. We have also given some detailed information on how to understand the graphs.
The National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit, which has supplied these data, is funded by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Parnership (HQIP), and managed by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) in conjunction with the SCTS
Maintaining patients' trust
In this SCTS we believe that we have professional obligations to monitor and publish the outcomes of our surgery. We also belive that these responsibilities extend more widely than this, and that it important for us to be seen to be discharging these reponsibilities to ensure that the trust that is placed in the medical profession by our patients is well deserved. We have recently explored these issues in more detail in our book 'maintaining patients' trust', which is available for download.
Rehabilitation is also a major concern of many patients. If, however, there are topics you may be interested in and are not covered here, you are welcome to send us a message and we would consider adding this information to the website. Our e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Each member of the Patients Representative Board has been designated as the prime contact for a number of Centres covered by SCTS. In this way we hope to build an electronic network of patient representatives that will be beneficial to both patients and the SCTS. If you have any problem contacting your representative please email Mike Fisher, SCTS Patient Representative (email@example.com). Thank you. Please click here for list of centres covered by each patient representative.
Become a friend of the SCTS
Reading the above, you may consider becoming a friend of the society. Becoming a friend of the Society is very simple and does not entail any commitments or responsibilities. It simply implies that you may donate something towards the activities of the Society and your name will be included in this section.To become a Friend of the Society, please click here.