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General Surgery

This is a wide-ranging area of surgery with many subspecialties.

The defining feature of general surgeons is that they have a wide range of knowledge and skills to deal with all kinds of surgical emergencies, with an emphasis on acute abdominal problems. They also carry out a large number of elective operations.

CUH general surgeons also have specialist expertise in upper and lower intestinal surgery, liver and pancreas surgery or transplantation and undertake complex operations. As well as emergencies, they also deliver our hernia and gallbladder surgery.

Guidance for patients

Information and advice about hernia and gallbladder surgery can be found via the links below.

The website also has details of what symptoms you should discuss with your GP and when to seek urgent medical attention



Acute Cholecystitis

What should I do if my health is deteriorating?

If you are waiting for your first outpatient’s appointment, please speak to your GP who can contact us to review whether your appointment should be brought forward. If the change in your condition is very urgent your GP can also contact the on-call team for advice.

If you are an existing patient, please contact your consultant’s secretary using the details below.

Contact us

Medical Secretaries to:

Mr Richard Hardwick, Mr Peter Safranek and Mr Stavros Gourgiotis - 01223 217421

Mr John Bennett, Mr Andrew Hindmarsh, Mr Robert O'Neill and Mr Vijayendran Sujendran 01223 348024

Admission Co-ordinator for the above consultants: 01223 274347/01223 586982

Medical Secretaries and admissions co-ordinators to:

Mr Paul Gibbs, Michael Nicholson, Rohit Gaurav, Mr Andrew Butler, Miss Irum Amin, Mr Neil Russell – 01223 217026

Miss Irum Amin, Mr Rohit Gaurav, Professor Christopher Watson – 01223 216108