General surgery

Welcome to Barts Health General Surgery. We offer a range of services to cater for patients who may need planned or emergency surgery. People trust us to help with a diverse range of conditions that may be caused by disease, genetic disorders or trauma.

We are part of an extensive trauma network, stretching across London, and incorporating all our six hospitals, London’s Air Ambulance and England’s biggest trauma centre at The Royal London Hospital.

Together we serve the 10 million people who live, work and commute within the M25 and care for patients from across London, Essex and the rest of the country. 

We provide general surgery services from:

  • Newham University Hospital
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • St Bartholomew’s Hospital
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital

Why choose us

Barts Health general surgery provides patients with outstanding care. We are leading specialists in advanced technology and have access to many of the latest drugs and treatments.


We take pride and work hard to achieve our excellent safety record at Barts Health. Our MRSA rates compare well with other specialist hospitals.

Our services are easily accessible and we achieve most national targets set for hospital waiting times.

For patients

From minor to major surgery, we have the specialists and 21st century facilities, to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible.

We focus on the abdominal organs including the oesophagus, stomach, colon, liver, gall bladder, bile ducts and the thyroid gland. Our services also encompasses breast surgery, colorectal surgery and upper gastrointestinal tract surgery. The services we provide are:

Pre-Admission Unit

Most of our patients are seen in the Pre-admission Unit before they are admitted for surgery. This is so that pre-operative investigations can be carried out, which reduces cancellations and also ensures that the patient is kept in hospital for the shortest time possible. 

Breast and endocrine surgery

The breast and endocrine service provides diagnostic and treatments for both symptomatic, screen detected breast disease and endocrine patients. Patients who require thyroid/endocrine surgery are generally referred from the endocrine department at The Royal London Hospital, although we also receive GP referrals.

Colorectal and minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery

Colorectal surgery involves the treatment of conditions related to the colon and rectum, for example, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, benign colonic neoplasms, diverticular disease and anorectal conditions (haemorrhoids, fistula, fissure).

Our multidisciplinary team includes surgical specialists, gastroenterologists, oncologists, radiotherapists and radiologists together with the relevant specialist nurses. This specialty is supported by clinical nurse specialists in colorectal cancer and stoma therapy.

Assessment of pelvic floor disorders takes place at the Colorectal Electrophysiology Unit at The Royal London Hospital and rectum prolapse surgery is carried out at Newham University Hospital. The colorectal surgeons at Newham work closely in association with four consultant gastroenterologists at Newham and also with colleagues at The Royal London Hospital.

The Colorectal Unit and National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation

The Colorectal Unit at The Royal London is one of the country’s leading centres for colorectal disease (tertiary and quaternary referrals). The department specialises in major anorectal reconstruction, complex colorectal cancer treatment, complex inflammatory bowel treatment and pelvic floor investigation and reconstruction.

The team includes a nurse consultant treating faecal incontinence and we offer biofeedback for pelvic floor disorders. Patients are also supported by a dedicated colorectal cancer nurse and colorectal nurse specialists.

We run a comprehensive Lower GI physiology department and provide diagnostics for other healthcare providers in London and the South East. The team has established an international reputation for research and is part of the National Centre for Bowel Research and Surgical Innovation (NCBRSI). The aim is to fast-track new operations for bowel disease patients and revolutionise the way new surgical breakthroughs are rolled out to hospitals all over the UK.

Hepatobilary and pancreatic (HPB) surgery

Our Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic (HPB) Centre at The Royal London is one of the largest in England for treating pancreatic and liver cancer. It has been nominated as one of London’s four cancer centres by the Specialist Commissioning Group of London.

Our clinicians use innovative techniques to provide high quality care. The Centre was the first in the UK to use radiofrequency ablation of liver parenchyma, an effective technique that uses radiofrequency to cut through the liver during surgery. In two out of three studies, the benefits of this technique over conventional methods were reduced blood loss and transfusion requirements.

Our surgeons also use minimally invasive (keyhole) surgery for liver resections.

Upper GI surgery

Upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery has been carried out at our hospitals for many years. The team provides surgical services for conditions of the oesophagus, stomach, duodenum, pancreas and gallbladder. We have a great deal of expertise in treating cancers, gastro-oesophageal reflux, gallstones and pancreatitis. Both gastric and oesopheageal cancers are treated on one site at the Royal London Hospital by surgeons from across the Trust. We provide excellent multidisciplinary care.

Vascular surgery

Complex vascular surgical procedures have been centralised across the Trust to form a centre of excellence. Procedures are now carried out by surgeons working at St Bartholomew's, The London Chest and The Royal London, with comprehensive interventional radiology support. Outpatient services are provided at outpatient clinics at Newham and Whipps Cross with specialist nurses caring for patients with peripheral vascular disease.

The Trust is working with neighbouring hospitals to provide a networked vascular service across east London. This will include a full range of scanning and nurse specialist services. With the support of the High Dependency Unit (HDU) it is now possible for vascular surgery to admit and perform a higher number of abdominal aortic aneurysms than ever before. The Royal London will also become an aortic aneurysm screening centre.

One-stop minor surgery service

We run a one-stop minor surgery service from The Royal London for removing small lesions under local anaesthetic that has been designed to meet the needs of our patients. The ‘one-stop’ service removes the need for unnecessary outpatient and pre-admission visits.

Surgical admissions and High Dependency Unit

Newham and The Royal London both have dedicated units for acute surgical admissions. This is a short stay ward for patients who have come to us through the Emergency Department and from GP referrals. This enables them to be seen quickly in a dedicated unit by consultant surgeons. The service is supported by a large High Dependency Unit and Intensive Care units.

Emergency and Urgent Care Centre

The Emergency and Urgent Care Centre (EUCC) at Whipps incorporates the Emergency Department and provides a comfortable environment for our patients and their families to use whilst they are with us.

Our facilities include dedicated facilities for children such as a self-contained children’s emergency unit and relatives' lounges for private discussions.

Trauma

Our comprehensive trauma team works alongside London’s Air Ambulance and the Emergency Department at The Royal London. There are always two teams made up of general surgeons, orthopaedic and plastic surgeons available on call 24-hours a day, every day of the year. We also run the UK’s first dedicated trauma ward at The Royal London. This co-ordinated approach has many benefits, both for patients and staff.

The trauma unit at The Royal London is one of the best in the country with an international reputation of excellence for patient outcomes and for our high quality research.

For more information visit the Trauma section.

General information

If you are visiting us as an inpatient find out more about your stay by visiting our dedicated inpatient section.

For clinicians

Patients with emergency medical problems who require a short stay in hospital are referred to our acute medicine services via their GP or via the local Emergency Department at our hospitals.

The clinical care of patients admitted in an emergency is shared between our acute medicine and general medicine teams. The general medicine team consists of specialist physicians and their team.

Clinics

Clinics at Newham University Hospital

  • Vascular surgery - we run outpatient clinics in Health Central and Appleby Centre with vascular surgeons Mr Michael Walsh and Mr Kostas Kyriakides.

Clinics at St Bartholomew’s Hospital

  • Breast
  • Endocrine

Clinics at The Royal London Hospital

  • Colorectal
  • General surgery
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Minor ops
  • Trauma
  • Upper GI
  • Vascular

Clinics at Whipps Cross University Hospital

  • Breast
  • Colorectal
  • General surgery
  • Upper GI
  • Vascular

For referrals

To refer a patient, please either use the Choose and Book system (for first outpatient appointments) or send a letter or fax to:

Outpatients Appointments Office 
Barts Health NHS Trust 
1st Floor, 9 Prescot Street 
London, E1 8PR

Tel: 020 7767 3200 Office hours are 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday.
Fax: 020 7791 9670
Email: appointments@bartshealth.nhs.uk

For advice and guidance visit our dedicated non-urgent advice and guidance section for GPs.