South Tees Hospitals NHS FT


Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, James Cook University Hospital

About the unit

The cardiothoracic unit at the James Cook University Hospital, part of the South Tees NHS Trust, is a specialised regional service, established in 1993, serving a population of 1.5 million stretching from Whitehaven in Cumbria to North Yorkshire, Teesside and Durham.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery

Rehabilitation and follow up

Follow up is generally 6 weeks to the appropriate surgeon with a discharge back to the GP as required. Cardiac rehabilitation is provided locally for catchment patients or if from an adjacent area the appropriate contact is made with the local hospital rehab team to ensure continuity of care – this extends into North Yorkshire, Durham and Cumbria.


Cars are allowed to pull close to the South entrance doors for a drop off prior to being parked in the adjacent car park. There are ramps from the car parks and the main doors are electronically operated.

Visiting hours

Ward visiting is 15.00-17.00 and 18.00-20.00 (with a protected mealtime between 17.00 and 18.00). Intensive care visiting is 13.30-19.30 (but can be outside these hours at the discretion of the nurse in charge).


Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
James Cook University Hospital,
Marton Road,
Tel: 01642 850850

Trust Website:


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

Consultant Cardiac Surgeons 2015 - 2018: 7

Consultant Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeons: 0

Consultant Thoracic Surgeons 2017: 3