What is surgery?

Surgery is a medical operation used to diagnose or treat a child's health condition.

How do we help children who need surgery?

The Sydney Children's Hospital Network (SCHN)  surgical services involve pre-operative assessment, operative treatment and postoperative management. The SCHN surgical services include the departments of:

  • Anaesthetics
  • Theatres including sterile services and day stay
  • Ear nose and throat (ENT)
  • General Surgery including Burns, Trauma and Urology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics
  • Reconstructive Surgery/Plastics including craniofacial
  • Cardiology, cardiac surgery
  • Central Sterilising Service Department (CSSD).

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) general surgery services provide planned and unplanned surgical procedures for children admitted to, or referred to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead or Sydney Children’s Hospital. Surgery ranges from more straight forward surgical procedures for the local population in the Randwick and Westmead regions to highly complex and rare surgical procedures.

The Department of Surgery at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead includes a range of surgical specialties - General surgery, Urology, Transplant, Trauma, Burns and Neonatal surgery. It undertakes outpatient clinics, emergency consultations and elective surgery as well as after hours and emergency surgical services for children presenting to the Emergency Department, transferred from other hospitals and inpatients of the hospital. The General Surgical Animal Research Laboratory and MIS Workshop were established in 2008 and provide facilities for developing new minimally invasive surgical procedures. The Department also provides training for SET/medical students.

The Department of General Surgery at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick provides multidimensional surgical services including elective surgery, acute care surgery in hours and after hours, emergency inpatient consultations and outpatient clinics to the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The Department includes general surgery (with an emphasis on keyhole surgery), oncological surgery, trauma, vascular anomalies, thoracic surgery, neonatal surgery and minor burns. There is a unique active team based multidisciplinary collaboration by the SCH General surgeons with other surgical services at the Royal Hospital for Women and Prince of Wales Hospital enabling the provision of other specialised surgery.