The division of surgery offers a comprehensive range of
outpatient, day surgery and inpatient services. Our surgical
services range from advice and routine treatments to highly complex
surgical procedures in trauma & orthopaedics, general surgery,
urology, plastic surgery, ear nose and throat, ophthalmology and
oral surgery. These services include subspecialties of breast
surgery, upper gastrointestinal, colorectal and vascular
surgery. Our support services include specialist endoscopy,
bowel cancer screening, audiology and orthoptic services.
We provide general and specialist outpatient services at more
than 5 localities, elective surgery at 4 hospitals and emergency
services at 2 acute hospitals across County Durham.
We have a team of 52 consultants working across our surgical
services - supported by a dedicated workforce of 1000 doctors,
nurses and health care professionals. Each of our surgical
teams work closely together and are committed to providing high
quality care to ensure our patients receive expert advice,
excellent treatment and appropriate aftercare tailored to
individual patient needs.
We are one of the largest providers of surgery in the North East
and have an excellent reputation for using advanced surgical
techniques. Our teams have access to well equipped theatres,
high quality critical care and diagnostic facilities to support our
Our surgical division is led by a highly motivated management
team who encourage patients, carers and staff to give feedback and
make suggestions on how we can improve our services.
Provides specialist and diagnostic hearing services to support our
ENT doctors in clinic. The service also provides a
comprehensive rehabilitation service across County Durham.
Screening - Is provided from our dedicated Bowel Cancer
Screening Centre at Bishop Auckland Hospital, mainly for the local
population aged between 60 and 75 years of age.
Nose & Throat - Provides a full range of ENT services to
diagnose and treat ear, nose and throat conditions. Daily
routine clinics are held across five outpatient departments in
County Duham. We have a daily casualty ENT service at
Darlington Memorial Hospital for patients requiring urgent
treatment. We have a consultant who specialises in head and
neck cancer surgery.
Provides therapeutic and diagnostic endoscopic procedures, mainly
for gastroscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonscopy. We have
well-equipped dedicated endoscopy units based in four key locations
across County Durham and Darlington.
General Surgery - Procedures are performed to treat common
abdominal complaints. There are several sub specialisms in
surgery. Colorectal surgery provides a
comprehensive service for problems of the small bowel, colon,
rectum and anal region. Upper gastrointestinal surgey
provides care for problems with the oesophagus (gullet), stomach,
gall bladder, bile duct and pancreas. Vascular
surgery treats diseases of the vascular system, arteries and
veins. Breast surgery provides diagnostic,
investigation and the treatment of breast cancer. Oral
Surgery. We also carry out some procedures
as Day Surgery
Ophthalmology - Provides a comprehensive
range of ophthalmic surgical procedures and treatments. We
have a state of the art Cataract Centre at Bishop Auckland
Hospital. We also provide excellent orthoptic and optician
Orthopaedics - Provides emergency
inpatient services and fracture clinics at University Hospital of
North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital. We provide
general orthopaedic clinics across the County. Our inpatient
and day surgery services are provided from our four main hospital
sites. We have a purpose-built, dedicated Arthoplasty Unit at
Bishop Auckland Hospital for hip and knee replacement
surgery. All of our patients are pre-screened for MRSA.
Surgery - Provides surgical intervention through reconstruction
of congenital, traumatic and acquired conditions.
Services to treat conditions of the male and female urinary
tract, and the male reproductive system. This service is
provided at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Care Group Clinical Director - Mr Jeremy Cundall
Associate Director of Operations - Richard Morris
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital