NICOR: National Institute for Cardiovascular Outcomes Research


Blue Book for Patients

Publication date: Oct 7, 2013 12:50:58 PM

Following on from the release of patient friendly reports for Heart Failure and MINAP, the National Adult Cardiac Surgery Audit (NACSA) today (3 September) publishes 'UK Heart Surgery: What Patients Can Expect from their Surgeons' in partnership with the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery (SCTS).

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

Part of an ongoing drive to put patients first, this report is designed to act as a manual for patients on what they can expect from their heart surgeon. 

The first report of its kind from a surgical specialty in the UK, this report enables patients to understand far more about  their recovery after an operation, and the nature of a surgeon's work.

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.

NICOR and 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.

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."