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.
Preferred GP referral process:
Clinic Type: General Paedatric Surgery
Clinic Days/Times: Wednesday 13.30-17.00
Links to tertiary centres: Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge & Great Ormond Street Hospital, London
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.