Surgery at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

Our vision is ‘to provide the best care, in the right place at the right time’

The Department of Surgery at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead are a highly skilled and experienced team of dedicated doctors, nurses and administration staff who work hard to deliver first class care for children and babies requiring surgical management.

Many children we see only require a one-off operation while others need ongoing follow-up and management by one of our specialist surgical teams.

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. Our core business consists of surgical outpatient clinics and elective surgery. 

What we do

  • We care for children with paediatric surgical conditions, urological and colorectal problems
  • We treat and manage burns and respond to traumas
  • We have a team specialising in in thoracic surgery and provide surgical intervention for children with cancer
  • We have performed countless liver and kidney transplants transforming the lives of so many children
  • We provide surgical management and intervention for premature babies, infants and children right up to their teenage years
  • We also provide 24-hour emergency surgical services for children presenting to the Emergency Department, children transferred from other hospitals, and inpatients of the hospital.

Elective surgical procedures are generally done on a day stay basis; however, depending on the complexity of the procedure, surgical patients may need to stay in hospital overnight in the surgical ward or one of our specialist wards. 

Make a surgical review appointment

Patients have the choice of being seen as a public patient in the Outpatients department or in the surgeon’s private rooms.

All of the Paediatric surgeons have monthly public outpatients in the Bandaged Bear clinic. This is located on level 2 beside the Starbucks Café.

  • To make an appointment, you need a referral letter from your GP or paediatrician. This should be addressed to the doctor you would like to see.
  • To schedule a public appointment please fax your referral to CHW Bandaged bear outpatients on (02) 9845 0566.
  • Don’t forget to include the contact details of a parent or carer so you can be contacted regarding your appointment date and time.
  • Alternatively, you can email the referral to SCHN-CHW-Outpatients@health.nsw.gov.au

Other appointments can be arranged with the surgeons as follows:

Dr Angus Alexander: General surgery and paediatric urology (including hypospadias)

  • Dr Angus Alexander has public clinics at Hornsby Hospital and appointments can be made by calling (02) 9477 9146.

Dr Monique Bertinetti: Burns and general surgery

  • Dr Monique Bertinetti only conducts Burns and General clinics in the Outpatient Department at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead

Prof Ralph Cohen: Paediatric urology (except hypospadias) and general surgery

  • Rooms at The Children’s Hospital’s Medical Centre are booked by phone on (02) 9845 0782
  • 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 Mathew George: Post-graduate fellow for general surgery, hepatobiliary and transplant

  • Dr George has clinics in the department of surgery and appointments can be made by calling 0298453159

Dr Sarah Giutronich: Paediatric urology (except hypospadias) and general surgery

  • Dr Sarah Giutronich does not conduct public outpatient clinics
  • Dr Sarah Giutronich has private clinics in the Department of Surgery and appointments can be made by calling 9845 3349

Professor Andrew Holland: General surgery, hypospadias and burns

  • Professor Holland’s private rooms are at the specialist Medial Centre in Westmead and also in Crow’s Nest. Bookings for either of these locations can be made via telephone 1300 362 278  or fax 1300 315 668.
  • Professor Holland also sees Outpatients at Royal North Shore Hospital. To make an appointment here please phone (02) 9463 1400

Dr Jonathan Karpelowsky: General and thoracic surgery, oncology, hepatobiliary

  • Dr Karpelowsky has rooms at the Children’s Hospital Medical Centre. Appointments can be made by calling 1300 857 845

Dr Erik La Hei: General surgery, thoracic and burns

  • Rooms at The Children’s Hospital’s Medical Centre are booked by phone on 1300 857 845
  • 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 Catherine Langusch: General surgery, endocrine and head and neck

  • Dr Langusch has rooms at The Paediatric Specialists, Suite 2 Level 1, 22 George Street, Strathfield and appointments can be made by calling 8960 9455
  • Dr Langusch also has a public clinic at Nepean Hospital and appointments can be made by faxing referrals addressed to Dr Langusch to 4734 3213 or email: NBMLHD-WCHReferrals@health.nsw.gov.au

Dr Torey Lawrence: General surgery, burns and colorectal

  • Rooms at the Children’s Hospital’s Medical Centre, ph: (02) 9845 0782
  • Dr Lawrence also runs a Colorectal Clinic in the Department of Surgery and appointments can be made by calling (02) 9845 3383

Dr Jinny Foo: Paediatric gynaecology

  • Dr Jinny Foo only conducts clinics in the outpatient department at the Children’s Hospital Westmead

Dr Gideon Sandler: General surgery, thoracic, head and neck and trauma

  • Dr Gideon Sandler has public clinics in the Department of Surgery and appointments can be made by calling 9845 3341
  • He also sees patients in Orange Base Hospital and appointments can be made by calling (02) 9845 3341 

Dr Albert Shun: Hepatobiliary, General surgery

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

Dr Grahame Smith: Paediatric urology (including Hypospadias)

  • Dr Grahame Smith does not conduct public outpatient clinics
  • Dr Grahame Smith has private clinics in the Department of Surgery and appointments can be made by calling 9845 3341
  • He has private clinics at Westmead Private Hospital and Wahroonga and appointments can be made online through

Dr Soundappan Soundappan: General surgery, hypospadias, trauma and colorectal

  • Rooms in the Department of Surgery are booked by phone on (02) 9845 3341
  • Dr Soundappan’ s private rooms are in Westmead – bookings by phone on (02) 9633 3166

Associate Professor Gordon Thomas - Head of Department of Surgery: Hepatobiliary, general surgery, transplants and urology (including hypospadias)

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

Preparing for your child's surgery

We understand that every child’s surgical journey is different. Coming to a hospital can be a daunting experience for a child and their family so we’ve put together some information to help you prepare for your admission to the Hospital.

Depending on your child’s medical history and the complexity of the procedure, some children may need to attend a pre-admission clinic appointment prior to surgery. At this appointment, your child will be reviewed by an anaesthetic doctor. The nurses from the pre-admission clinic will contact you regarding this appointment once you have been given a procedure date.

Parents will receive a letter confirming the planned admission date and additional information regarding your admission.

From time to time it is necessary to reschedule your child’s surgery to accommodate emergency or urgent cases. We try our best to avoid this, however, if it is necessary you will be contacted directly and we will endeavour to give you a new date of surgery as soon as possible.

Parents will receive a call from the hospital approximately one week prior to admission to carry out a wellness check questionnaire.

Most children will have their operation and go home on the same day. However, a small number of children will need to stay in hospital for a few days. Either way, you will be admitted for your procedure through the Middleton Day Stay Unit.

The friendly nursing staff from Middleton ward will call you the day before your planned procedure date to give you fasting and arrival times for the next day.

Read the factsheet: How do I prepare my child for planned surgery?

Coming to the hospital for surgery

Where to arrive, what to bring?

Following surgery, day only surgery patients are transferred to a post-operative lounge where they are prepared for discharge. From here you will be given verbal and written instructions on how to care for your child when you are discharged home. You will also be given after-hours contact information in the event you need to contact us.

Patients who need to stay in hospital following their surgery are transferred to an allocated ward following their surgery in the operating suite. On arrival to the ward, you will meet the nurse who will be looking after you. They will show you around the ward and answer any questions you may have.  When you are ready for discharge the nursing team will give you instructions on how to care for your child at home and what to do in the event you need to contact us.

Your child will require post-operative follow-up and an appointment to see the surgeon.

Factsheets 

Here's a list of some of the surgical related Factsheets. The full list is alphabetically listed and categorised.