Surgery at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9845 3235
Location: Diagnostic Services Building, level 3

Elective and urgent referrals are accepted for the management of paediatric general surgical, urological, transplantation, burns and neonatal conditions. Patients have the choice of being seen in the Department, in the surgeons' rooms or in the Outpatients Department

The Department of Surgery at The Children's Hospital at Westmead provides a range of district, tertiary and quaternary general surgery services to children from local, metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

The Department of Surgery operates three teams:
– Urology and General Surgery
– Transplant, Trauma and General Surgery
– Burns and General Surgery

The core business of the Department consists of surgical outpatient clinics, emergency consultations and elective surgery. The Department also provides after hours and emergency surgical services for children presenting to the Emergency Department, transferred from other hospitals and inpatients of the hospital.

The Department of Surgery is located in Building 5, Level 3, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Surgical procedures are generally done on a day stay basis, however, depending on the severity of the procedure, surgical patients may need to stay in hospital overnight in one of the general or specialist wards. 

See also:

Surgical clinics

Location

Level 2 Bandaged Bear Clinics and Outpatients

Appointments

Fax the referral (with phone number and address of parent or carer) to (02) 9845 0566 or email to outpatients@chw.edu.au

Consultants and clinic days

Prof Ralph Cohen
Prof Andrew Holland
Dr Albert Shun
Dr John Harvey
Dr Erik La Hei
Prof Danny Cass
Dr S Soundappan 
A/Prof Gordon Thomas
Dr Jonathan Karpelowsky
Dr Torey Lawrence
Dr Angus Alexander

Method of referring

Referring letter to the doctor by name from either a GP or paediatrician

Clinic function

Management of children with general surgical problems

Urgent cases

To be referred through the Emergency Department

Special interests or sub-specialty clinics

Prof Ralph Cohen - Urological surgery (except hypospadias) and general surgery
Prof Andrew Holland - Hypospadias, burns, gastrointestinal
Dr Albert Shun - Hepatobiliary, general surgery
A/Prof Gordon Thomas - Hepatobiliary, general surgery and urology
Dr John Harvey - Burns
Dr Erik La Hei - General, burns
Dr Kim Matthews - Paediatric gynocology
Prof Danny Cass - General surgery and trauma
Dr S Soundappan - General surgery, trauma and colorectal
Dr Jonathan Karpelowsky - Hepatobiliary, thoracic and general
Dr Torey Lawrence - General burns and colorectal
Dr Angus Alexander - General hepatobiliary, urology (specialising in hypospadias)

Staff

PAEDIATRIC SURGEONS  

Prof Ralph Cohen

Paediatric General Surgeon / Urologist

(no hypospadias cases)

Head, Surgery Dept

Ph: (02) 9845 3235

Rooms at The Children’s Hospital’s Medical Centre are booked by phone on (02) 9845 0782.

Also has monthly Outpatient Clinics – Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

Prof Cohen’s private rooms are in Hawkesbury Road, Westmead – bookings by phone on (02) 9633 3166

and also in the Fox Valley Medical & Dental Centre, Wahroonga – ph: (02) 9487 9700

Dr Erik La Hei

Paediatric General Surgeon / Burns

Ph: (02) 9845 3383

Rooms at The Children’s Hospital’s Medical Centre are booked by phone on (02) 9845 0782.

Also has Outpatient Clinics – Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

Private rooms are in Stanmore – bookings by phone on (02) 9564 5777

and also in the Fox Valley Medical & Dental Centre, Wahroonga – ph: (02) 9564 5778

Dr Soundappan Soundappan

Paediatric General Surgeon / Trauma/ Colorectal

Ph: 9845 3341

Rooms in the Department of Surgery are booked by phone on (02) 9845 3341

Also has Outpatient Clinics – Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

Dr Soundappan’s private rooms are in Westmead – bookings by phone on (02) 9633 3166

Dr Albert Shun

Paediatric General Surgeon / Kidney and Liver Transplant Specialist

Ph: (02) 9845 3159

Rooms in the Department of Surgery are booked by phone on (02) 9845 3159.

Also has Outpatient Clinics – Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

No private rooms.

A/Prof Gordon Thomas

Paediatric General Surgeon / Urologist / Kidney and Liver Transplant Specialist

Ph: (02) 9845 3159 

Rooms at the Children’s Hospital’s Medical Centre are booked on (02) 9845 3159

Also has Outpatient Clinics – Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

No private rooms.

Dr Jonathan Karpelowsky

Paediatric General Surgeon / Thoracic / Kidney and Liver Transplant

Ph: (02) 9845 3341

All appointments are made through Outpatients Dept. Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

No private rooms.

Dr Torey Lawrence

Paediatric General Surgeon / Burns / Rectal problems

Ph: (02) 9845 3383 

Rooms at the Children’s Hospital’s Medical Centre, ph: (02) 9845 0782

Also has Outpatient Clinics – Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

No private rooms.

Prof Danny Cass

Paediatric General Surgeon / Trauma

Ph: (02) 9845 3059 

Has Outpatient Clinics - Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

Private rooms are at Westmead Private Hospital on Saturday mornings, ph: (02) 9891 4294

Prof Andrew Holland

Paediatric General Surgeon / Burns / Gastrointestinal

Ph: (02) 9845 0179

Fax: (02) 9845 3389

Rooms in the Department of Surgery are booked by phone on 1300 362 278

Also has Outpatient Clinics – Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

Prof Holland’s private rooms are in Crows Nest – bookings by phone on 1300 362 278

Also sees Outpatients at Royal North Shore – for appointments phone (02) 9463 1400 

Dr Angus Alexander

Paediatric General Surgeon / Urology / Kidney and Liver Transplant

Ph: (02) 9845 3235

Has Outpatient Clinics - Fax referrals to (02) 9845 0566

No private rooms.

Day surgery

Phone: (02) 9845 2222
Fax: (02) 9845 3952
Location: Main building, level 3

Middleton Unit admits children for day-only surgery and day of surgery admission at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Patients arrive at appointed times and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Day of surgery patients are transferred to an allocated ward following their surgery in the operating suite.

Day only surgery patients are transferred to a post-operative lounge where they are prepared for discharge. Verbal and written instructions and after hours contact information is given to the parents.

How to make an appointment:

Children are referred to a surgeon by their GP for an appointment in their rooms or Outpatients Department clinic.

The surgeon completes either:

  • Day Surgery form for day only surgery admissions
  • Elective surgical admission papers for day of surgery admissions

Parents need to complete a health questionnaire. Some children may need to attend a pre-admission clinic prior to surgery.

Parents will receive a letter with the planned admission date and information they will require.

Staff

Kim Bird - Nursing Unit Manager
Tara Wiese - Clinical Nurse Educator