The Southwest Cardiothoracic Unit, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
About the unit
The Southwest Cardiothoracic Unit is part of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. The adult tertiary service was established in November 1997, serving a population of 1.8 million covering the Devon and Cornwall peninsula. The SWCC delivers all forms of cardiothoracic services with the exception of paediatric cardiac surgery and transplantation. The services are delivered in a modern state of the art building purpose built and opened in 2010. The wards provide accomodation either in four bedded single sex bays (with ensuite facilities) or single rooms with ensuite wet rooms. There is a purpose built lodge for relatives to stay in within the hospital grounds with parking.
There are 6 consultant surgeons and 9 consultant cardiothoracic anesthetists. They are supported by a specialist team of surgical care practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and other technical staff:
- Mr Simon Allen – Secretary 01752 439252
- Mr James Kuo – Secretary 01752 431847
- Mr Jonathan Unsworth-White – Secretary 01752 439253
- Mr Adrian Marchbank – Secretary 01752 431825
- Mr Malcolm Dalrymple-Hay – Secretary 01752 439231
- Mr Clinton Lloyd – Secretary 01752 439252
Using the latest techniques and advanced technology the Centre offers the full range of adult cardiac surgery other than transplantation.
The infection rates with MRSA and other bacteria are very low and we have a very close working relationship with the hospital infection control team who continuously monitor the wards
The Centre mainly operates on people from Devon and Cornwall and the surrounding areas but welcomes enquiries from anyone further afield.
Adult Cardiac Surgery
There are drop off points at all entrances to the hospital with assistance for wheelchair users on request at reception. There is a lounge for all patients who are awaiting their transport on discharge with easy access and parking.
All ward areas have visiting hours from 14.30 hrs – 20.00 hrs. The intensive care and high dependency unit have flexible visiting dependant on the needs of the patient.
The Southwest Cardiothoracic Unit,
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust,
Tel: 01752 763838
Trust Website: https://www.plymouthhospitals.nhs.uk/
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.
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
The Lung Cancer Clinical Outcomes Publication or LCCOP 2019 (2017 data).
LCCOP is a compulsory audit of surgery for lung cancer in NHS hospitals in England. It does not cover SCTS units in the devolved nations or Ireland.
The outcomes of patients undergoing surgery to remove a lung cancer in this Trust in 2017 can be downloaded in PDF form here.
Several outcomes are reported. These are the percentage of patients alive at 30 days and one year after surgery, the median length of stay after surgery, the overall and the early stage performance status 0-1 resection rate for that unit.
Survival data are adjusted to take into account some of the characteristics for the patient population being treated.
Beside these numbers are the national data for England.
Surgeons operating in this hospital
|Number of lung cancer operations|
|Elzain Osama Mohamed Ahmed||66|
Other thoracic surgery undertaken by this team
Thoracic surgery units also undertake surgery for other cancers within the chest, such as thymoma or mesothelioma, and benign conditions like pneumothorax or pleural infections. The SCTS collects data on these other operations in the thoracic registry. Some data for this hospital for the 2017-18 audit year* is given below;
Data from the 2017-18 SCTS thoracic registry
|Total thoracic surgery excluding endoscopy all case (excluding endoscopy)||753|
|Did this hospital perform radical surgery for mesothelioma in 2017-18?||no|
|Did this hospital perform chest wall deformity (pectus) surgery in 2017-18?||no|
*note that the thoracic registry reports in financial years (1st April-31st March), while the LCCOP audit reports in calendar year.
Consultant Cardiac Surgeons 2015 - 2018: 7
- Allen Simon
- Dalrymple-Hay Malcolm
- Kuo James
- Lloyd Clinton
- Luthra Suvitesh
- Marchbank Adrian
- Unsworth-White Michael
Consultant Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeons: 0
Consultant Thoracic Surgeons 2017: 4