Royal Infirmary Edinburgh


Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

About the unit

The cardiothoracic unit at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh is a specialised supra-regional service which moved to its current, state of the art facility in 2003. It is a tertiary referral centre, dealing with patients from all over Scotland.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery
Thoracic Surgery

Rehabilitation and follow up

Follow-up is generally 6 to 8 weeks to the appropriate surgeon with a discharge back to the cardiologist or GP as required. Cardiac rehabilitation is provided locally for Edinburgh patients, or if from an adjacent area appropriate contact is made with the local hospital's rehabilitation team to ensure continuity of care.


Cars are allowed to pull close to the main entrance for a drop off prior to being parked in adjacent car parks.

Visiting hours

No fixed hours


Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery,
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh,
Little France Crescent,
EH16 4SU

Tel: 0131 536 1000

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Cardiac Outcomes

Thoracic Outcomes

Thoracic surgery units also undertake surgery for lung cancer, and other cancers within the chest such as thymoma or mesothelioma, collapsed lungs known as pneumothorax, major infections and to biopsy suspicious areas, among other surgery. The SCTS collects data on these other operations in the thoracic registry. Some data for this hospital from the 2017-18 audit year* is given below;

Cases Performed
Primary lung cancer resections all primary lung cancer resections Not Submitted
Total thoracic surgery excluding endoscopy all case (excluding endoscopy) Not Submitted
Did this hospital perform radical surgery for mesothelioma in 2017-18? Not Submitted
Did this hospital perform chest wall deformity (pectus) surgery in 2017-18? Not Submitted

Consultant Cardiac Surgeons 2015 - 2018: 5

Consultant Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgeons: 0

Consultant Thoracic Surgeons 2017: 0