Skip to main content

Find a Hospital

Derriford Hospital

Region: South West
Trust: University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
Unit: SouthWest Cardiac Centre
Services provided: Adult Cardiac Surgery and Thoracic Surgery

Hospital Directions

Southwest Cardiothoracic Unit
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Derriford Road


Plymouth University Hospitals NHS Trust provides Adult Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery for the SouthWest areas of Devon and Cornwall. 

About the unit

The Southwest Cardiothoracic Unit is part of Plymouth University 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 accommodation 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 7 consultant cardiac surgeons, 5 consultant thoracic surgeons and 12 consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetists. They are supported by a specialist team of surgical care practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and other technical staff.

We provide peripheral clinics in the follwing hospitals:

Treliske Hospital (Truro, Cornwall)
Royal Devon and Exeter (Exeter)
North Devon District Hospital (Barnstaple)
Torbay and South Devon (Torbay)

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.


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.


Telephone: 01752 431847

Trust Website:

Adult Cardiac Surgery

We offer a wide service of adult cardiac procedures including:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Valvular surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Complex aortic surgery
  • TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implant)
  • Atrial Fibrillation 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 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 31 March 2024.

Thoracic Surgery

We offer a wide service of adult thoracic procedures including:

  • Lung cancer surgery
  • Chest wall surgery
  • VATS (Keyhole) surgery
  • Oesophageal 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

View all Hospitals