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"I was filled with complex thoughts as I waited for surgery, to take out a tumour on my pancreas.  I should have had no doubts because you have created a beautiful and calm environment in Ward 5 and the High Dependency Unit even though they are busy wards."  Mr DB

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Surgical Services

Hepato Pancreato Biliary Surgery

Contact: (0191) 223 1452 - Sister Alison McDonald and Sister Joanne Wilkins, HPB Nurse Specialists

The North East’s Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) Centre at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle is a regional centre that provides highly individual, specialist services for patients with benign (non-cancerous) and malignant (cancerous) diseases of the liver, biliary system and pancreas.

We provide a service for patients from as far afield as Northumbria, Cumbria, Teesside and North Yorkshire but see many patients from all across the UK and some travel to be seen here from overseas.


Patient centred care delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of experts

We are one of the busiest units in the UK providing a multi-disciplinary service with a team of experienced surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, anaesthetists, oncologists, intensive care physicians, nurse specialists and dieticians, all dedicated to providing the best possible care for each and every individual patient. 

All our patients are discussed in our weekly multi-disciplinary team meeting giving the opportunity for review of your care and treatment by every member of our team. This ensures that the treatment that we deliver to you is the best we can offer and can also help speed up the organisation of any further investigations you might need. 

We also have a team of HPB Clinical Nurse Specialists who can provide you with advice and support on all aspects of your care, from the point of diagnosis throughout your treatment and follow-up care.

Advancing clinical care to benefit our patients

We combine medical expertise with an innovative approach to new technologies.  In Newcastle we have developed an innovative database that allows team members and doctors in outlying hospitals to track patients diagnosed with cancer through their “treatment journey”. Despite an increase in the number of referrals (almost doubling in two years) team working has helped to reduce our waiting times and mortality rates.

When the doctor who is currently treating you decides to ask for an opinion from the specialist team at the Freeman Hospital, they will contact the ‘Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Team’. Alternatively you can contact the team yourself. We will then either, arrange to see you straight away in the clinic or arrange for you to have some further investigations first. Sometimes you may be transferred from another hospital which may not have the necessary expertise (also known as a tertiary referral). 

Find out how you can be referred to the Hepato Pancreato Biliary Team here

A proven track record of clinical excellence

We reached the finals of the Hospital Doctors Awards 2006 for Surgery Team of the Year. The judge’s comments were:

“This team deals with an exceptionally challenging area of surgery. They have doubled the number of major liver and pancreatic resections over the last three years. They have reduced their mortality rate by half for pancreatic surgery and their figures compare with the best international centres.”

Also in 2006 we underwent a Cancer Peer Review (an independent review process organised by the Department of Health). The outcome of this assessment was very successful, demonstrating the high standards of care we provide to every patient.  The report said:

“This is a team of outstanding individuals with evidence of strong leadership and effective team working.”  

About the liver, biliary system and pancreas

Find out more here about the structure and functions of the liver, biliary system and liver and the services which we provide here in Newcastle.

About HPB

Contact us

If you would like to find out more information about our Hepato Pancreato Biliary service please do not hesitate to contact:

Sister Alison McDonald or Sister Joanne Wilkins
HPB Nurse Specialists

Telephone:  (0191) 223 1452

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