Heart patients in Southampton have best chance of survival

Heart surgery patients undergoing planned operations in Southamptonhave the best chance of surviving in the country, latest figures from the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in the UK and Ireland have revealed (www.scts.org). These outcomes are also constantly updated on this website in the section 'Performance, Data and Outcomes'. 

Important highlights of the most recent data are:

The latest 3-year Outcome Data report for 2013 to 2016 shows that the adult cardiac surgery team at University Hospital Southampton carries out the fourth highest number of procedures and more importantly, has the lowest risk-adjusted mortality rate. Spire Hospital Southampton performs the highest number of cases of any private hospital. 

The report also looked at individual surgeon data and all five Southampton Cardiac Sugery surgeons are in the top 10 in the UK in terms of number of cases performed. Their mortality rates are all lower than the national average.

As part of the analysis by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, each Hospital Trust received a percentage score based on how ill patients were, how high-risk their procedures were and how many survived, with the national average risk-adjusted survival at 98.04%.

If the number was higher, it showed a better than average survival rate and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s was 98.88%, which is the highest for any NHS hospital in the country. The survival for Spire Hospital Southampton was 99.4%, the highest in the country. The two Southampyon unites were two of only three in the UK to receive a letter of commendation from SCTS (see Awards and Commendations on this website).

Mr Barlow said: “No goal is more important than to achieve the highest possible survival rates – even in very high risk patients – and it is testament to the quality of cardiac care in Southampton that we are among the very top performers over a sustained period of time. But we will not stop there. Our cardiac teams, along with all surgical teams, will continue to look and analyse our results and seek to improve wherever necessary to continue to provide the best possible care for our patients.”

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