Paediatric Surgery

Level 6C, Level 7C, Level 8C

  • Telephone: 01273 696955 extension 2341
  • Fax: 01273 523120
  • Consultant Paediatric Surgeons: Mr Varadarajan Kalidasan, Ms Anouk van der Avoirt, Ms Ruth Hallows, Mr Bommayya Narayanaswamy, Mr Sara Paramalingam
  • Clinical Director: Dr Ryan Watkins

This department carries out a range of minor to major operations. More than 70 per cent of child patients undergoing surgery are treated as day cases. This means they can return to their familiar home environment to convalesce. Appropriate ongoing care is then arranged with the community paediatric nursing team.

For more major and complex operations, our specialist Surgical High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provide a high level of post-operative nursing and medical support at the hospital.

The RACH is a leading centre in minimally invasive surgery, and our surgical team is dedicated to using and developing new techniques to minimise pain, scarring and risk for young patients. Waiting times for clinics and surgery are below Government targets.

Our three state-of-the-art paediatric operating theatres are staffed by surgical teams and anaesthetists who specialise in the medical care of children. The theatres are video linked so that operations can be watched in the hospital seminar rooms.

The Department of Surgery works with the Trevor Mann Baby Unit to provide care to newborn babies who may be up to 24 weeks premature. We also run a monthly antenatal counselling clinic where staff will help expectant parents plan for antenatally diagnosed conditions.

We have 24-hour cover from an on-call team, This includes a junior doctor on site, a paediatric surgical registrar and an on-call paediatric surgical consultant to deal with emergencies, questions or concerns.

The department also runs outreach clinics in Worthing, Hastings, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath and Redhill.