Paediatric and Neonatal Surgery

Paediatric (Children’s) Surgery consists of six consultant surgeons based at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children (Children’s Hospital) and the Ulster Hospital. The team of specialists work together to look after babies and children with a wide variety of conditions, to support their families and provide a regional service.

Subspecialties include:

  • Gastro-enterology (stomach and bowel)
  • Urology (bladder and kidney)
  • Thoracic (chest)
  • Oncology (cancer)
  • Laparoscopy (key-hole)

The service works alongside nursing colleagues and specialists in neonatology, paediatrics, anaesthetics, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology, emergency department, x-ray, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, social work, and clinical psychology.

Established links with other hospitals in Northern Ireland, and with specialist centres in UK, help us to provide complex surgical care for the province’s children.

How to Access the Service

All referrals come from a

  1. General Practitioner,
  2. Paediatrician
  3. Neonatologist
  4. Other Paediatric Specialist
  5. Adult General Surgeon

Location of the Service

Paediatric and Neonatal Surgery/Urology is based at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children.
You can contact the surgery/urology team on 02890 632008.

Some services (basic surgical clinics and day-case procedures) are provided at the Ulster Hospital Dundonald.
You can contact the Ulster Hospital on 028 9056 4811.

Patient Advice Leaflets

Extra-corporeal Shock-Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL, ultrasound treatment to shatter urinary stones)
Cysto-urethroscopy (telescopic-camera test of the water-pipe and bladder)
Endoscopic incision of posterior urethral valves (clearing a narrowing of the water-pipe with a camera)
Cystoscopy and puncture of ureterocoele (camera of the bladder to assess and treat a bladder-cyst)
Cystoscopy and “STING” procedure (injection-treatment for kidney-reflux via a camera in the bladder)
Ureteric re-implantation for reflux (re-plumbing into the bladder the bottom part of the ureter [urine-tube from the kidney to bladder)
Ureteric re-implantation for narrowing (re-plumbing into the bladder the bottom part of the ureter [urine-tube from the kidney to bladder)
Pyeloplasty (removal of a narrowing from the top of the ureter [the tube which drains urine from the kidney to the bladder)
Nephro-ureterectomy (removal of a kidney, and most of its ureter [urine-tube from that kidney to bladder)
Upper-moiety hemi-nephro-ureterectomy (removal of top part of kidney and most of its ureter [urine-tube from that part of kidney to the bladder])
Circumcision (removal of foreskin) for BXO
Non-medical Circumcision (removal of foreskin)
Hypospadias repair (single-stage)
First-stage Hypospadias repair (preparing for the process of moving the pee-hole to the tip of the penis)
Second-stage Hypospadias repair (moving the pee-hole to the tip of the penis)
Orchidopexy (bringing the testicle down from the groin to the scrotum)
Examination under anaesthetic, ± laparoscopy (camera examination via a “key-hole”), ± orchidopexy (bringing testicle down to scrotum, sometimes in stages)
Mitrofanoff Procedure (continent catheterisable channel from bladder to front of tummy)
Bladder Augmentation (enlarging the bladder with a “patch” of bowel)