Information for health professionals

If you would like to refer a patient to the cardiothoracic unit for acute inpatient surgery, please complete the referral form and fax to 01482 623257. Please ensure the form is completed in full prior to faxing to us.

If referring your patient for cardiac surgery please send swabs from the nose, axilla and groin for MRSA and MSSA. Usually if you record on the request card “for out of area cardiac surgery” the microbiology lab will perform the correct tests for us.

If referring your patient for thoracic surgery please send swabs from the nose, axilla and groin for MRSA.
You or the referring ward will be contacted by the cardiothoracic advanced practitioner if skin decolonisation treatment is required prior to transfer. They will also inform you of the timing of the operation and transfer details.

If there are any changes to the patient’s condition which may affect the operation or date of transfer please contact the advanced practitioners on 07876846393.

Emergencies
If your referral is an emergency please contact the on-call surgeon via the hospital switchboard on 01482 875875.