Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia

Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Trainees in the West of Scotland programme rotate to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital to complete a two month essential unit of training during intermediate level and a further two month essential unit of training during Higher level training.


Trainees in the West of Scotland programme rotate to the Golden Jubilee National Hospital to complete a 3-month essential unit during their Stage 2 training.

Dr Andrew Nath
Consultant anaesthetist / Cardiothoracic College Tutor
Golden Jubilee National Hospital
Agamemnon Street
Glasgow G81 4DY
Tel: 0141 951 5602 (via secretary)
(in conjunction with the College Tutor at the base hospital)
Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Training in cardiothoracic is carried out at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank. The Cardiothoracic Anaesthetic department has 20 Consultants. The cardiac work is a mixture of coronary artery grafting, valve surgery, valve+graft surgery, adult congenital cardiac surgery, cardiac transplantation and surgery for mechanical support (VAD and ECMO). Due to the increasing number of children surviving to adulthood with complex congenital heart disease, we also are involved with the management of some obstetric cases as well as patients for non-cardiac surgery. There are 2 Intensive Care units with 22 beds and 2 High Dependency Units with 16 beds

Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia Advanced/Specialist Interest Area (SIA) Training Post

This post forms part of the West of Scotland Training Programme in Anaesthesia, has training approval from the Royal College of Anaesthetists and will conform to the formal training guidelines laid out in the Royal College documents. The post will be based at the GJNH, Glasgow. During the 12 month period, the Fellow will gain experience and confidence in the perioperative management of cardiothoracic surgical patients. There will be considerable exposure to transoeseophageal and transthoracic echocardiography and it is generally expected that the Fellow will gain accreditation and certification in echocardiography.

Anaesthesia for Thoracic Surgery Specialist Interest Area training post

The Thoracic surgery department at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital is one of the largest thoracic centres in the UK. It provides care for 1200 patients undergoing thoracic surgery per year, the majority of which are undergoing lung resection for cancer. This includes video-assisted, robotic assisted and open surgery, as well as bronchoscopic and airway surgery, often in conjunction with ENT specialists. There are currently 2 thoracic theatres running 5 days per week.

From the anaesthetic perspective, we offer the following services:
A pre-assessment pathway for thoracic surgery with consultant review available for all patients.

The full range of thoracic anaesthesia:

Expected scope of the 3 month SIA Thoracic Anaesthesia block:

Expected work of the anaesthetist in training:

By the end of the three-month rotation, it would be expected that the trainee would be able to undertake a ‘standard’ thoracic theatre list independently with minimal input from the supervising consultant. This would usually be a list with 1-2 VATS or open lobectomies, and 1-2 smaller cases, e.g. mediastinoscopy or rigid bronchoscopy, which would involve:

These outcomes are in line with key capabilities laid out by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for the special interest area curriculum for thoracic anaesthesia.
Evidence of attainment of these capabilities can be obtained from the following (not exclusive):

For further information please email Andrew Nath