University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT

Introduction

Cardiac Surgical Unit, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

About the unit

The Cardiothoracic Surgical Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital was developed over the course of the mid 1960`s. We are a major centre for coronary bypass and valve operations but also offer surgery in the more specialist and demanding areas including heart and lung transplantation and surgery of the aorta. We have one of the largest and most modern intensive care units in Europe supported by highly qualified nursing and medical staff.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery
Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Rehabilitation and follow up

Follow up is generally six weeks from discharge. Cardiac rehabilitation is provided locally or arrangements made with the referring hospital.

Access

Cars are allowed to drop off/pick up on the main hospital drive which also provides wheelchair access. Disabled parking is available close to the hopsital building. There is a pay and display car park a short walking distance from the site.

Visiting hours

15:00-17:00 and 18:00-20:00

Location

Cardiac Surgical Unit University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust,
Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
Metchley Lane,
Edgbaston,
B15 2TH

Tel: 0121 472 1311 x ward 3398

Trust Website: http://www.uhb.nhs.uk/new-hospital.htm

 

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: 8

Consultant Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeons: 0

Consultant Thoracic Surgeons 2017: 0