For Patients

Information for patients and the Public

The top priority of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS) is patients’ interests. We want to give patients, their families, friends, and carers, helpful information about their medical condition. This includes publishing material about the hospitals and consultant surgeons in the UK that specialise in cardiothoracic surgery.

The work to develop the database, refine the methodology for analysis and produce the outputs on this site was supported by a charitable grant from Heart Research UK.


The Patient and Lay Group

The Royal College of Surgeons Patient and Lay Group is lookig for non-medical members.  For full and further information regarding application, please go to the following link.

Hospital and Consultant information

Information on the number of heart surgery operations carried out, and the results of surgery, can be found on this website for both hospitals and individual consultant surgeons. This can be accessed using the left hand navigation menu, or the links below:

Hospital level information
Consultant surgeon level information
A guide to understanding the graphs

Blue Book Online

You can also look at national trends and hospital procedure numbers over time on our dynamic website, the Blue Book Online.

The Blue Book Online

Blue Book for Patients

The 'Blue Books' have been a series of large documents for people who work in healthcare. This edition of the Blue book is designed especially for patients, to explain what they can expect from their heart surgeon.

To increase its accessibility, this publication is available as both a downloadable PDF document and an iBook.

UK Heart Surgery: What patients can expect from their surgeons (downloadable PDF)
UK Heart Surgery: What patients can expect from their surgeons (iBook via SCTS website - flash player required)

iData application

Acting as a 'window' into National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) data, the SCTS iData app allows users to place filters on different types of surgery to generate a report showing analysis of all heart surgery in the UK over the last five years. Reports provide a running total of procedures as you add each filter, with the option to generate a report at any time.

The SCTS iData app is available for free in two formats:

• Web application accessible via (N.B. if using Internet Explorer this application does not work with version 9 or earlier)

• Apple iOS application, which can be downloaded by searching 'SCTS iData' in the Apple App Store

Where does the data come from?

All of the data shown on these websites and applications is based on the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA). This project, which collects information about all heart surgery carried out in the UK, is managed by the National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (NICOR) and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement partnership.

The National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (website)

Maintaining patients’ trust

The SCTS believes that we, in partnership with other organisations, have a responsibility to monitor and publish the outcomes of our surgery. By doing this, we aim to ensure that the trust placed in the medical profession by our patients is well deserved. You can find out more information about how we do this in our book, Maintaining Patients’ Trust’, which can be viewed online, downloaded and printed.

Maintaining Patients’ Trust (downloadable pdf)

Patient representatives

We at the SCTS believe that it is vital for members of the public with experience of heart surgery to be represented at both our Executive and sub-committee meetings. This helps to keep patients’ interests at the centre of the work that we do.

Become a friend of the SCTS

The SCTS is an independent and self-funded organisation. If you wish to contribute a donation to support the work we carry out, and become a friend of the SCTS, please click on the link below.

Donate to the SCTS

Get in touch

We welcome feedback about the content of these web pages, and whether there is anything you would like us to add. Please send an email to to get in touch. You can also write to us at:

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