SCTS publish iBook manual for patients

September 3, 2013

SCTS publish a manual for patients on what they can expect from their heart surgeon

In a drive to put patients first in all their activities, the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) is today publishing UK Heart Surgery: What Patients can expect from their Surgeons in partnership with the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR). The report aims to enable patients to understand far more about their recovery after an operation, and the nature of a surgeon’s work.

The document is available both as a downloadable PDF and an iBook. To view the iBook click here.

Designed entirely for a patient audience, it describes the procedures heart surgeons undertake, why and how the results of hospitals and surgeons are communicated to the public, and the steps surgeons are taking to continually improve patient experience.

This is the first report of its kind to come from one of the surgical specialty associations in the UK. Until now the SCTS, like the rest of the surgical societies, have included information for patients within their publications and communications that are primarily aimed at members in a bid to raise standards among the profession.

The SCTS firmly believe that healthcare professionals have a duty to make available to patients as much easy to access, accurate and clear information as possible to help inform their choices.

Mr James Roxburgh, President of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery, said:
“Producing guidance solely for patients is an important milestone for the Society. We sincerely hope that patients will find this manual helpful and we welcome any feedback on how we can improve it.”