Heart surgery patients in Southampton have better chance of survival

Mr Clifford BarlowHeart surgery patients at Southampton’s teaching hospitals have a better chance of surviving planned operations than at any other centre in the UK.

The latest Blue Book Online report, published by the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery, shows the cardiac surgery team at Southampton General Hospital is the sixth largest by number of procedures and has the lowest risk adjusted mortality rate.

As part of the analysis, 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 at 2.74% deaths.

If the number was lower it showed a better than average survival rate and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust’s was 1.48%.

This means there were fewer than two deaths for every 100 patients in Southampton compared to the national average of more than two – a survival rate of 98.52%, which is the best in the UK.

The adult cardiac surgery team, which consists of four surgeons, performed 3,705 non-emergency operations over the three-year audit period (from April 2009 to March 2012). 

In addition, the report highlighted individual surgeon data and all four – Sunil Ohri, Geoff Tsang, Steve Livesey and Clifford Barlow – are in the top 12 in terms of number of cases performed and their mortality rates, which are all lower than the national average. 

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.”

Posted on Friday 28 June 2013