University Hospital Bristol NHS FT

Introduction

Bristol Heart Institute, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

The cardiac surgery and thoracic units in Bristol are separate. Cardiac surgery is based in the Bristol Heart Institute, while thoracic surgery is located in Bristol Royal Infirmary. Please select the relevant link below.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Congenital Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery

Access

There is a shuttle bus every 5 minutes from the large multistorey car park in Cabot Circus (Bristol City Centre)to the front of the Bristol Royal Infirmary. There is a pay & display car park within the precinct but this gets very busy. There is short-term parking and a drop-off zone outside the main entrance. All entrances are wheelchair accessible. Bristol bus and coach station is 5mins walk.

Visiting hours

Visiting times are currently restricted to one hour between 6.30-7.30pm daily. The Trust is asking parents not to bring children under the age of 11 to visit.

Bristol Heart Institute

Introduction

Bristol Heart Institute, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

About the unit

Cardiac surgery at the BRI is provided by the division of Specialised Services. Surgery is performed in the new £62M purpose built Bristol Heart Institute where state of the art cardiac imaging, intervention and surgical services are based. We are a modern centre of surgical excellence with one of the largest academic units in Europe. We serve a population of 2.3 million people from Bristol and surrounding areas including Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bath, Swindon, Taunton, Yeovil and Weston.

 Rehabilitation and follow up

Follow-up at the consultant’s outpatient clinic usually takes place 6 weeks after discharge. We have a cardiac rehabilitation team serving the local catchment area who also arrange continuity of care for those transferred to us. A second rehabilitation centre for South Bristol was recently established with BHF/lottery funding

Location

Bristol Heart Institute,
Bristol Royal Infirmary,
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust,
BRISTOL,
BS2 8HW
Tel: 0117 342 6558/6559
Trust Website: http://www.uhbristol.nhs.uk/

Bristol Royal Infirmary

Introduction

Bristol Royal Infirmary, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

About the unit

University Hospitals Bristol provides thoracic surgical services for the people of Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset and parts of Gloucestershire.  The Department is based in modern, purpose built facilities within the Bristol Royal Infirmary.  We provide outpatient clinics at hospitals in Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Weston Super Mare, Taunton and Yeovil.

Location

Bristol Royal Infirmary,
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust,
BRISTOL,
BS2 8HW

Tel: 0117 342 6558/6559

Trust Website: http://www.uhbristol.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/your-hospitals/bristol-royal-infirmary/what-we-do/thoracic-surgery/

 

Cardiac Outcomes

Risk adjusted in-hospital survival rate

This graph shows the “in hospital” survival rate of patients who are operated on by the individual surgeon/unit you have selected. “In hospital” means time the patient is in the hospital where they have had their operation. It does not include any time that patients may have spent in other hospitals, either before or after their heart operation.

The data has been through a complex methodology, including the variations in patient risk factors in order to give you a comparative base from which to work from. This means that the survival rates take into account the type and risk of patients being operated on for each surgeon/unit. This is known as risk adjusted survival.

The vertical axis shows the GMC number of the surgeon or the Hospital identifier. In brackets is the total number of patients operated on by the surgeon/unit and the percentage of patients for whom the survival is known. The horizontal axis is the percentage survival. The dashed vertical line shows the risk adjusted survival rate for the UK as a whole. The solid black horizontal line represents the surgeon/unit. What is important here is that the horizontal line crosses the vertical dashed line. If this occurs, it means that the surgeon/unit are within the expected outcomes given the case-mix and risk factors of the patients they operate on.

The icons that sit on the horizontal line should give you more information about your surgeon/team.

For example

The open square is the survival rate with no risk adjustments:
The X is the predicted survival with adjustments
The solid dot is the survival probability after the methodology has been applied.

  • If the solid dot is red it means survival is worse than expected
  • If the solid dot is black it means that it is within limits
  • If the solid dot is green it means that there is significantly higher survival than expected

There is a lot of information on these plots, but the takeaway message is that if the solid black line crosses the dashed vertical line then the survival rate for the surgeon/unit is within expectations and that there is no reason for any concern.

A more detailed explanation about these graphs and methodology can be found here: Graph Explanations


Data for period April 2015 – March 2018.
Risk Adjusted In-Hospital Survival Rate