Cardiothoracic Surgery

Plymouth University Hospitals NHS Trust provides Adult Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery for the SouthWest areas of Devon and Cornwall.

The Southwest Cardiothoracic Unit is part of Plymouth University Hospitals NHS Trust. The adult tertiary service was established in November 1997, serving a population of 1.8 million covering the Devon and Cornwall peninsula. The SWCC delivers all forms of cardiothoracic services with the exception of paediatric cardiac surgery and transplantation.

The services are delivered in a modern state of the art building purpose built and opened in 2010. The wards provide accommodation either in four bedded single sex bays (with ensuite facilities) or single rooms with ensuite wet rooms. There is a purpose-built lodge for relatives to stay in within the hospital grounds with parking. There are 7 consultant cardiac surgeons, 5 consultant thoracic surgeons and 12 consultant cardiothoracic anaesthetists. They are supported by a specialist team of surgical care practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, dieticians and other technical staff.


We provide peripheral clinics in the following hospitals:

  • Treliske Hospital (Truro, Cornwall)
  • Royal Devon and Exeter (Exeter)
  • North Devon District Hospital (Barnstaple)
  • Torbay and South Devon (Torbay)


The infection rates with MRSA and other bacteria are very low and we have a very close working relationship with the hospital infection control team who continuously monitor the wards The Centre mainly operates on people from Devon and Cornwall and the surrounding areas but welcomes enquiries from anyone further afield.



There are drop off points at all entrances to the hospital with assistance for wheelchair users on request at reception. There is a lounge for all patients who are awaiting their transport on discharge with easy access and parking.


Visiting hours

All ward areas have visiting hours from 2.30pm to 8pm. The intensive care and high dependency unit have flexible visiting dependant on the needs of the patient.

Adult Cardiac Surgery

We offer a wide service of adult cardiac procedures including:

  • Coronary artery bypass grafting
  • Valvular surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Complex aortic surgery
  • TAVI (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implant)
  • TMVR (Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair)
  • Atrial Fibrillation surgery





Tracey Allen, Medical Secretary to Mr J Kuo & Mr J Unsworth-white

Tel: 01752 439253



Zoe Dawson / Samantha Archer, Medical Secretary to Mr M Dalrymple-Hay & Mr B Nguyen

Tel: 01752 439231



Georgia Horne, Medical Secretary to Mr C Lloyd & Mr S Asopa

Tel: 01752 439252


Adult Thoracic Surgery

We offer a wide service of adult thoracic procedures including:

  • Lung cancer surgery
  • Chest wall surgery
  • VATS (Keyhole) surgery
  • Robotic Lung Surgery
  • Oesophageal surgery





Angela Bradley, Medical Secretary to Mr A Marchbank

Tel: 01752 431825



Melanie Treeby, Medical Secretary to Mr J Rahamim & Mr F Sellitri

Tel: 01752 439188



Lauren Crick, Medical Secretary to Mr O Elzain & Mr P Ariyaratnam

Tel: 01752 430106



Debra Moth, Medical Secretary to Mr M Awan

Tel: 01752 431839


Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia

There are a number of consultant anaesthetists providing intra and postoperative care for Cardiothoracic patients. We have a dedicated intensive care unit (Torrington) for cardiac patients that is managed by the anaesthetic team.



  • Dr Peter Robbins
  • Dr Mohandras Jayarajah
  • Dr Nilofer Mahmood
  • Dr Johnathan Ambler
  • Dr James Cole
  • Dr Craig Dunlop
  • Dr Jennie Hares
  • Dr Patrycja Jonetzko
  • Dr Zuzana Blazejova
  • Dr Craig Holdstock
  • Dr Sean Edwards

Cardiothoracic Surgery Management Team

Malcolm Dalrymple-hay, Service Line Cluster Director



Colette Wells, Service Line Cluster Manager


Telephone: (01752) 433110


Shelly Tremblett, Support Manager


Telephone: 01752 431847

TAVI Team (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation)

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) is a minimally invasive procedure used in some patients with severe aortic stenosis. The TAVI team consists of surgeons, cardiologists and co-ordinators.






Sam Melhuish is the team co-ordinator and can be emailed on

Tel: 01752 439182

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