Childrens Services

Children’s Surgery

Our Children’s Surgery services provide many types of surgery for children in the Great North Children’s Hospital at Newcastle’s RVI.

We provide routine and specialty surgery for children of all ages – from premature babies up to the age of 16 years old. We see children from across the North of England, from Leeds to Edinburgh, and Whitehaven to Tynemouth.

Conditions we treat

We treat children who have a range of common and rarer conditions including cancer, urological and gastrointestinal problems, chest wall deformities, hernias, undescended testicles and foreskin issues.

Childrens Hospital bedSpecialist services

Children are referred to us by GPs and hospitals from all over the region, and from other areas of the country. We carry out elective (planned) and emergency surgery for children, offering a 24/7, 365 days a year service to patients and their families. Our range of services includes:

  • surgery for cancer
  • surgery for solid tumours
  • neonatal surgery
  • children’s urology surgery
  • gastro and intestinal surgery
  • emergency surgery for children with complex problems
  • tongue tie surgery for breast feeding issues
  • keyhole surgery.

We are also a specialist surgical centre for colitis, ileo-anal pouch and laparoscopic surgery.

The surgery process

We know that it can be difficult for families and carers if their child needs to have surgery. That’s why all our staff are specially-trained to make sure that your time in hospital is as comfortable as possible.

Before you come to us, you will normally see a doctor or nurse in the Children’s Outpatients Department to talk about what will happen on the day of the operation. You can also arrange to see the ward before the surgery date – just click on the links to the wards below for contact details.

Staying with your child

Parents or carers can stay with their children almost every step of the way through their surgery.

Before the operation, parents can accompany their child while our children’s anaesthetist prepares them for surgery, and stay with their child until they go to theatre. Our hospital play specialist will also stay with you, and you can be there as soon as your child wakes after surgery.

Depending on the type of surgery, in many cases children can be taken into hospital and be free to go home on the same day.


Once the surgery is complete and your child goes home, you will have a follow-up appointment - we will send you a letter with more details about this after the surgery.

Your follow-up appointment could be at the Great North Children’s Hospital, or we also hold clinics at Whitehaven, Carlisle and Stockton if these would be more convenient for you.

See our wards

Our young patients stay on special children’s wards at the Great North Children’s Hospital. You can find out more about each ward:

More information

Information leaflets

You can find out more about different types of treatment and medication for children on the Health Information section of the website.



For more details about Children’s Surgery at the Great North Children’s Hospital, please contact:

  • Paediatric Surgery
  • tel: 0191 292 5275.
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