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Bristol Royal Infirmary

Region: South West
Trust: University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
Unit: Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Royal Infirmary
Services provided: Adult Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery

Bristol Royal Infirmary
Upper Maudlin St


The cardiac surgery and thoracic units in Bristol are separate. Cardiac surgery is based in the Bristol Heart Institute, while thoracic surgery is located in Bristol Royal Infirmary. Please select the relevant link below.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery,  Thoracic Surgery
(Congenital Cardiac Surgery - Bristol Royal Hospital for Children)


There is a shuttle bus every 5 minutes from the large multistorey car park in Cabot Circus (Bristol City Centre) to the front of the Bristol Royal Infirmary. There is a pay & display car park within the precinct but this gets very busy. There is short-term parking and a drop-off zone outside the main entrance. All entrances are wheelchair accessible. Bristol bus and coach station is 5mins walk.

Visiting hours

Visiting times are currently restricted to one hour between 6.30-7.30pm daily. The Trust is asking parents not to bring children under the age of 11 to visit.


Tel: 0117 342 6558/6559
Trust Website:

Adult Cardiac Surgery

Bristol Heart Institute (Cardiac)

About the unit

Cardiac surgery at the BRI is provided by the division of Specialised Services. Surgery is performed in the new £62M purpose built Bristol Heart Institute where state of the art cardiac imaging, intervention and surgical services are based. We are a modern centre of surgical excellence with one of the largest academic units in Europe. We serve a population of 2.3 million people from Bristol and surrounding areas including Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bath, Swindon, Taunton, Yeovil and Weston.

Rehabilitation and follow up

Follow-up at the consultant's outpatient clinic usually takes place 6 weeks after discharge. We have a cardiac rehabilitation team serving the local catchment area who also arrange continuity of care for those transferred to us. A second rehabilitation centre for South Bristol was recently established with BHF/lottery funding


Outcomes Audits

This hospital has been a part of the following outcomes audits, please click on any outcomes audit to see their data:

Quality Assurance Survey

This hospital has been part of the Cardiac Centre Quality Assurance Survey, and its latest individual results are shown below. To view additional national data, see the Cardiac Unit and Outcome Data page in the Professionals section.

This unit has not reviewed its outcomes for the last quarter.

Cardiac Audit Status regional and national

Each section has a maximum score of 5

This chart was produced on 30 September 2022.

Thoracic Surgery

Bristol Royal Infirmary (Thoracic)

About the unit

University Hospitals Bristol provides thoracic surgical services for the people of Bristol, Bath, North East Somerset and parts of Gloucestershire.  The Department is based in modern, purpose built facilities within the Bristol Royal Infirmary.  We provide outpatient clinics at hospitals in Gloucester, Bristol, Bath, Weston Super Mare, Taunton and Yeovil.


Thoracic Surgery Website: 


Outcomes Audits

This hospital has been a part of the following outcomes audits, please click on any outcomes audit to see their data:

National Lung Cancer Audit – 2017

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