Shake-up for child heart op units

On 4 July 2012, Nick Triggle, Health correspondent, BBC News, reported: ‘Child heart surgery should be stopped at three of the 10 hospitals that perform the procedures, NHS bosses say. The official review concluded the units at Leicester’s Glenfield Hospital, Leeds General Infirmary and London’s Royal Brompton should stop surgery. The review – set up […]

Adult Congenital Heart Services update 2012

The NHS has today launched the next phase of a review into adult congenital heart services (ACHD), initiating a period of engagement to gather the views of patients and their families, NHS staff, clinicians and other groups to help shape services in the future. Please go to link below and look at attached document.  We […]

SCTS develop cardiac audit infrastructure

In line with SCTS policy for making clincial information more accessible we are pursuing a policy to make our cardiac audit data, and the processes that we apply to the data, more transparent. We have been fortunate to receive a grant from Heart Research UK, which is funding an analyst, Graeme Hickey, at the University […]

SCTS praised in Sir Donald Irvine’s evidence to the Mid Staffs Public Inquiry

The Public Inquiry into the events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation, chaired by Robert Francis QC, has now completed questioning witnesses. This Inquiry followed concerns about standards of care at the Trust, confirmed in an investigation published by the Healthcare Commission in March 2009 and a subsequent Independent Inquiry (which was also Chaired by Robert Francis). […]

Finance woe ‘will prompt major NHS revamp’

By Nick Triggle, Health correspondent, BBC News. Financial difficulties will force NHS services in England to undergo major reorganisations which could hit the poorest the hardest, MPs say. The Public Accounts Committee said for hospitals this could mean services being closed or whole units merged. The MPs said the difficulties were linked to historic debt, […]

Amazing success for the

The website of the Society ( has welcome thousands of visitors within the first 2 months of its life. The most visited sector was that of the ‘Thoracic blue book 2011’. There was a stunning 14,444 visitors within 30 days, bringing the number of visitors per day up to the astonishing 480! The advertisement of […]

2011 National Thoracic Surgery Activity and Outcomes Report

PRESS RELEASE: Huge increase in lung cancer surgery but still some way to go, says new audit The number of lung cancer patients benefiting from life-saving surgery has shot up by 60 per cent while the operative mortality rate has halved in recent years as a new generation of specialist lung surgeons start to come […]

New NHS Board will help patients ‘shop around’ for GPs

Jane Dreaper Health correspondent for BBC News reported: The new NHS Commissioning Board, which is at the heart of the government’s controversial NHS reforms in England, is due to start work. The board, which will at first operate in a shadow form, will aim to help patients “shop around” and compare GPs. It will take […]

Society’s elections

The Society seeks nominations for President -Elect (2012-2014) and Trustees (2012-2014). The current President Prof David Taggart will demit office in April 2012 and Mr James Roxburgh will take his place as President of the Society. It is therefore necessary to elect a new President-elect to be in office after the next Annual Business Meeting […]