Paediatric surgery and urology

Children's Services (Paediatrics)

The department of paediatric surgery and urology offers specialist treatment for infants, children and adolescents who may require an operation for a general surgical or urological condition. This regional service, established in 1995, receives referrals from units throughout East Anglia and neighbouring counties. It provides services for children's general surgery, paediatric urology, gastrointestinal, thoracic, oncological and neonatal surgery.

Our team of consultant surgeons, junior doctors and specialist nurses investigate and treat children with simple and complex general surgery and urological disorders. We see over 3000 children a year in specialist clinics, and carry out over 1700 operations a year on children from very premature infants to young people up to 16 years of age.

We offer a number of joint multi-disciplinary clinics, with other colleagues including paediatric gastroenterologists, paediatric respiratory physicians, paediatric endocrinologists, dieticians and speech therapists, to see and treat patients with very complex gastrointestinal, respiratory and genital (disorders of sexual differentiation) conditions.

Our department has the highest reputation for clinical excellence and has pioneered ‘key hole’ surgical methods (laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery), in the East of England. We seek to develop links with other paediatric units and providers in the region, in order to provide the best possible quality of care to the children of the East of England. We are also actively involved in the training and education of doctors and surgeons of the future.

Our mission is...

  • To provide the highest quality of care for children and families, affected by surgical and urological disorders.
  • To provide a service that is accessible, safe, effective and consistent.
  • For patients and families to be treated by staff who are caring, motivated and appropriately trained.
  • To constantly assess and improve the care we provide.
  • To seek to use the most advanced technology to diagnose and treat children and young people.
  • To actively participate in clinical and scientific research, in order to help improve the understanding, treatment and management of surgical and urological conditions
  • To strengthen relationships with other units and providers, in order to provide the best possible quality of surgical care to the children of the East of England.

Referrals

For a new patient appointment, a child's GP or paediatrician can arrange an initial appointment by sending a letter, fax or calling the department. Urgent referrals can be discussed by contacting the relevant surgeon’s secretary or the on-call surgical team. We do our best to schedule children according to their clinical need. 

Your child's appointment

If you are then unable to attend, it is important that you let us know as soon as possible. Please call the number on your appointment letter so that we can give your appointment to another patient waiting to come to clinic. Alternatively, you can request that your appointment be changed using our online form

To make your child’s clinic appointment as productive as possible please keep the following in mind:

  • Please arrive 10 minutes earlier than your scheduled appointment. The clinic has a waiting area with toys, games and a play specialist; to help keep your child entertained while you wait.
  • Allow plenty of time for parking and locating the clinic if you are unfamiliar with its location.
  • If your child is attending a urology clinic please try to ensure that your child arrives with a full bladder (where old enough) as a urine test is often needed.