The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre
About the unit
The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre opened in 2007 is one of the most modern of its kind in the country, with the latest equipment and technology, including state-of-the-art operating theatres and cardiac catheter laboratories. Offering specialist diagnosis and treatment for people with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, patients benefit from the highest quality treatment and care delivered by a team of experienced staff. The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre has facilities for 100 patients, including a 22-bed critical care unit, a separate cardiology day ward, rehabilitation gym and some overnight facilities for relatives.
Adult Cardiac Surgery
The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre is fully accessible for patients and visitors with disabilities. The Centre has full wheelchair access, with large lifts and designated toilets on each level. The Centre is also compliant with building design guidelines for people with sight difficulties and there is a loop system in the reception area for people who have hearing difficulties. The Centre is easy to get to by car, being close to major road routes, and has a car park with designated spaces for blue badge holders, and drop off facilities directly outside the main entrance. The Centre is also accessible by public transport with several buses stopping within the grounds of Basildon University Hospital.
Visitors are welcomed between 2pm and 8pm, although we do try to accommodate visitors outside of these times where requested.
The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre,
Basildon University Hospital,
Tel: 0845 155 3111
Trust Website: http://www.basildonandthurrock.nhs.uk/
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.
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
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.