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Glenfield Hospital

Region: East Midlands
Trust: University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Unit: Cardiothoracic Surgery
Services provided: Adult Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Congenital Surgery

Glenfield Hospital
Groby Road

About the unit

The Cardiothoracic unit at the Glenfield Hospital is part of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. It serves a population of 1.9 million and is a secondary and tertiary referral centre for adult and paediatric acquired and congenital heart disease. It has one of the world's largest ECMO programmes which works in collaboration with the cardiac surgical unit.

Congenital Services are provided at the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre at Glenfield Hospital.

Services provided

Adult Cardiac Surgery Thoracic Surgery Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Rehabilitation and follow up

Follow up is generally 6 weeks to the appropriate surgeon with a discharge back to the GP as required. Cardiac rehabilitation is provided locally for catchment patients or if from an adjacent area the appropriate contact is made with the local hospital's rehab team to ensure continuity of care. We have a web site for patients who do not live locally to access an on-line rehabilitation programme that the patient can undertake themselves at home.


Access to the wards is through either the main entrance or the south entrance. Cars are allowed to drop patients off close to the entrance doors prior to parking in the adjacent car park. There is wheelchair access, doors are electronically operated.

Visiting hours

Wards visiting is 2pm-8pm with 2 visitors at one time and on Clinical admissions unit visiting is 11am-8pm.


Tel: 0116 287 1471

Trust website:    

Adult Cardiac Surgery


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 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 31 March 2024.

Thoracic Surgery




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

Congenital Surgery

Within our purpose built facilities we are able to care for patients with Congenital Heart Disease from before birth to adulthood. 

Our distinguishing features are our internationally-recognised ECMO unit, our 24/7 retrieval service, our experienced Cardiac Team and our ability to see patients close to where they live through our East Midlands Outreach Service.

When a patient is reviewed in the surgical clinic, the anatomy of their heart defect is discussed in length and the surgical procedure is explained extensively.  This discussion also includes the risks and benefits of the proposed surgical procedure. Once consent has been given the patient is added to the surgeon's waiting list. 

The parents/patient is contacted shortly after their clinic visit with their planned date for admission.  They are also sent a letter of confirmation which will contain a leaflet with more information about the admissions process and the surgery they will have. Improvements in heart surgery and clinical care have led to more people with heart conditions surviving well into adulthood.

We are based at the Glenfield Hospital Leicester, close to the M1 & M69 and the National Rail Network


Outcomes Audits

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

National Congenital Heart Disease Audit (NCHDA) – 2020 Summary Report (2018/2019 Data)

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