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Cardiac and Thoracic Critical Care Unit (CTCCU)

The Cardiac and Thoracic Critical Care Unit (CTCCU) is a specialist unit.

We admit patients with a range of cardiac, thoracic and vascular problems, both surgical and medical

Patients are admitted if they need intensive monitoring and care following cardiothoracic surgical procedures and complex cardiology procedures.

These include:

  • Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting
  • Aortic or Mitral Valve Replacements / Repairs
  • Complex Thoracic Aortic Surgery
  • Thoracic Surgery
  • 'Ventricular Assist Device' Implantation
    A mechanical pump that takes over the function of the damaged ventricle of the heart and restores normal blood flow
  • Complex Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)
  • Complex Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
  • Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest (with Cardiac origin to arrest).

Patients are admitted immediately from theatre / cath labs and each is cared for by their own nurse until they are able to come off the ventilator.

Once they are stable they receive High Dependency Care (nursed with 1:2 ratio) before moving to the Cardiothoracic Ward, Coronary Care Unit or Cardiology Ward to continue their recovery.

Patients who develop complications may stay for many days, or occasionally months. They may require long-term support with drugs or devices that support their heart.

Patients who come to the unit have either been on the waiting list for surgery or come as emergencies.

Patients are referred from within the Oxford University Hospitals by local district general hospitals and also from further afield for some specialist surgery.

Find us and contact us

Cardiac and Thoracic Critical Care Unit (CTCCU)
Level 1, John Radcliffe Hospital

How to find the John Radcliffe Hospital

  • Reception: 01865 572635
  • Nurses' Station A: 01865 572639
  • Nurses' Station B: 01865 572641
  • Nurses' Station C: 01865 572644 / 572643

Lead Nurse

Olivia Johnson: 01865 228302

Preadmission contact

Tel: 01865 220274

Last reviewed:10 October 2023