Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


North of Scotland Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

About the unit

We provide adult cardiac and thoracic surgical services in the north of Scotland including Orkney and Shetland. Located at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Foresterhill site, the unit also has satellite outpatient facilities at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and Raigmore Hospital, Inverness.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery

Rehabilitation and follow up

6-8 weeks postoperatively


Buses run frequently from city centre and station. Car parks (charges apply) are provided for patients and visitors. The unit is located in ARI Phase 2; the Cardiac ICU is on the lower ground, the Ward and High Dependency Unit on the 5th – wards 50 and 51.

Visiting hours

Visting is 2:30pm – 5:00pm and 6:30pm – 8:00pm


North of Scotland Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit (NOS-CTS),
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary,
AB25 2ZN

Tel: 0845 4566000

Trust Website: http://www.nhsgrampian.org/


Cardiac Outcomes

Thoracic Outcomes

Thoracic surgery units also undertake surgery for lung cancer, and other cancers within the chest such as thymoma or mesothelioma, collapsed lungs known as pneumothorax, major infections and to biopsy suspicious areas, among other surgery. The SCTS collects data on these other operations in the thoracic registry. Some data for this hospital from the 2015-16 audit year* is given below;

Cases Performed
Primary lung cancer resections all primary lung cancer resections 64
Total thoracic surgery excluding endoscopy all case (excluding endoscopy) 225
Did this hospital perform radical surgery for mesothelioma in 2015-16? no
Did this hospital perform chest wall deformity (pectus) surgery in 2015-16? yes

Consultant Cardiac Surgeons 2013 - 2016: 4

Consultant Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeons: 0

Consultant Thoracic Surgeons 2014: 4