Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

About the unit

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is the largest single site specialist heart and chest hospital in the country, providing specialist services in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology, respiratory medicine including adult cystic fibrosis and diagnostic imaging. It serves a catchment area of 2.8 million, spanning Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and the Isle of Man, and increasingly receives referrals from outside these areas for highly specialised services such as aortics.

In 2014, adjusted survival 30 days after lung cancer surgery in this hospital was significantly better than the national average.  The difference seen is higher than we would expect just by chance.  This hospital is therefore a positive outlier on this outcome measure (defined as outside a confidence interval of 99.8%).

Services provided

• Cardiac Surgery
• Congenital Cardiac Surgery
• Thoracic Surgery
• Valve Surgery
• Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
• Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery
• Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
• Upper GI Surgery


A two tier car park is located at the main entrance of the hospital site for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors. A courtesy bus service operates from this main car park and is fully wheelchair and patient friendly. Designated parking spaces for disabled visitors are available across the site. There is good access by public transport (bus and train).

Visiting hours

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital operates an open door policy for family and friends. This means that wherever possible, we welcome visitors spending time with their loved ones when it is convenient for them. While we know that patients need rest, we also believe that having loved ones nearby, while they are in hospital, often makes them more comfortable and speeds up their recovery.

There may be times when we may ask visitors to leave, for example, during medical procedures or emergencies. However if this is necessary, we would discuss this at the time.

Visitors are welcome on our Critical Care Unit and POCCU between 8-9am and 12-8pm. However if this is not suitable, visitors may visit outside of these hours – please discuss this with one of the nursing team.


Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital,
Thomas Drive,
L14 3PE

Tel: 0151 600 1616




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