Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust


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.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic 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.

Visiting hours

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,
Derriford Road,
Plymouth, Devon,

Tel: 01752 763838

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: 4