Published: Saturday, July 6th, 2013

Five years of National Hospital's Thoracic (Lung) Service




The Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s thoracic service is continuing to go from strength to strength, with over 7,000 lung surgeries carried out since the service was established in 2008.


In just five years, the service has increased resection rates for lung cancer from 10% to 15%, improving survival rates for a large number of patients.


Patient experience and outcomes have also been improved, with hospital stays reduced from six or seven days to just three or four, by introducing minimally invasive keyhole surgeries, such as Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS).


Led by a team of five surgeons – three full-time lung surgeons and two mixed practice heart and lung surgeons – the thoracic service was recently named the busiest in the UK by the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS).


With the greatest overall activity from April 2006 to March 2009, the SCTS Second National Thoracic Surgery Activity and Outcomes Report identified the service as having the highest number of major procedures, lung resections (including the highest number for primary cancer) and mediastinoscopy/ mediastinotomy procedures.

Alan Kirk, Lung Surgeon at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital (Pictured), said: “Our world class lung centre is now recognised as the busiest in the UK and in its first five years we have treated more patients than ever before.


“The concentration of resources, skills and expertise within the centre allows us to lead the way in terms of research, development and academic activity which ensures innovation and improvements in patient care.


“Surgical treatment for lung cancer and other thoracic diseases is undoubtedly improving and this, in turn, will lead to better survival rates in the future.”


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The Second National Thoracic Surgery Activity and Outcomes Report is available on the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland’s website:

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