Paediatric General Surgery (GP information)


Elective General Surgery of Childhood

We provide a well-established consultant-led general paediatric surgical service operating in close collaboration with the paediatricians, anaesthetists with paediatric interest, nurse specialists etc. and have close links with tertiary units at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge and Great Ormond Street Hospital, London.

We see children referred with groin or abdominal wall hernia, undescended testis, foreskin problems, lumps and bumps as well those needing insertion (or change) of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes etc. for children and young people from birth to 16 years.

Children are booked onto a surgical list by the consultant surgeon and then scheduled for a pre-assessment clinic appointment prior to their scheduled surgery which is performed under general anaesthesia with majority of children going home the same day.

The hospital paediatric department provides a comprehensive paediatric service. Children and young people can access our service through their GP, health visitor, midwife or accident and emergency.

Referral Process

Preferred GP referral process:

Procedures Provided

  • Inguinal Herniotomy for Hernia & Congenital Hydrocoele
  • Umbilical/ Supra-umbilical/ Epigastric Hernia Repair
  • Orchidopexy
  • Circumcision
  • Excision of soft tissue lumps/ Cysts
  • Treatment for Ingrowing Toe Nails
  • Insertion of New PEG tube/ Change of PEG tubes


Clinic Type: General Paediatric Surgery
Clinic Days/Times: Wednesday 13.30-17.00

Links to tertiary centres: Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London

Patient Information Leaflets

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital

Useful Contacts

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Clinical Director Dr Ronald Misquith
Outpatients booking department: 01582 561385
Switchboard 01582 491166
General Manager Tanith Ellis
For urgent paediatric patient assessment please contact Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) via switchboard 01582 491166.
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