General Surgery

Location: Ground floor, General Outpatients, PCH

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If the type of surgery you are having means you will need to stay in hospital overnight, you will be cared for in one of our four surgical wards. These are overseen by a matron who is experienced in all aspects of general clinical surgery.

Day surgery patients
If the type of surgery you are having means you can go home after your operation, you will be treated in our Day Treatment Unit. We perform a wide range of surgical procedures, both elective (pre booked) and emergency surgical procedures. These include:

  • Breast surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Gastrointestinal surgery
  • Vascular surgery

Pre-operative care
We aim for your health to be as best as it can be prior to your operation and we will advise you on this, and provide you with all the information you need about your operation well in advance.

The department is structured in a similar way to our outpatients' departments. 
You will attend a pre-booked appointment where you may see a nurse, doctor and an occupational therapist, depending on type of operation you are having. You may also have blood tests and an ECG if you need them.

If you are attending hospital for an anaesthetic pre-assessment, you may also need to have a cardio-pulmonary test. Pre-assessment appointments are a combination of face to face and telephone assessments, which depend on the type of operation you are having, and your age.

Pre-assessment Clinic – assessing your fitness for surgery
If you need to have a procedure at either Peterborough or Stamford Hospital, an appointment will be made for you to attend a pre-operative assessment. We run 
pre-assessment clinics at Peterborough City Hospital to assess your fitness for surgery and to give you, your carer or relative the opportunity to ask questions before your procedure takes place. 

During your appointment we will:

  • make notes about your medical and social history
  • record any medication you are taking and advise what you should do with your medication before your operation
  • measure your height, weight and blood pressure
  • carry out urine and blood tests, and an ECG heart trace recording if required
  • determine your fitness for procedure – you may need to undergo Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Testing
  • take swabs to determine the presence of MRSA
  • give you information and guidance about your hospital admission
  • answer your questions
  • plan what happens when you leave hospital after your procedure

Opening hours: Monday to Friday - 8am to 7pm

Clinic location:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays - located in the General Outpatients department (ground floor in Core A

  • Tuesdays - located in the Day Treatment Unit (level 1, Core A)

Anaesthetic Assessment Clinic
Your consultant or pre-assessment practitioner may arrange for you to attend the Anaesthetic Assessment Clinic where you will be seen by a consultant anaesthetist.

We diagnose and treat a broad range of conditions related to the abdominal organs and abdominal wall and offer surgery for:

  • abdominal wall hernias

  • Benign (non cancerous) conditions of the gallbladder

  • Liver and stomach

The Colorectal team offer surgery for:

  • Colorectal cancer

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Pelvic floor disorders

Our surgeons carry out advanced laparoscopic (key hole) and open surgery, and we also provide an endoscopy service for colonoscopies and gastroscopies. 

The department achieves national targets including the two week referral of suspected cancers, including upper GI and breast, and making sure that patients wait no longer than 18 weeks to been seen for general surgery conditions.

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General surgery opening hours:

  • Clinic (by appointment only) - 9am-5pm

  • Emergency clinic - 9am-3pm

  • Procedural unit - 7.30am-7.30pm

Conditions we treat

General and specialist colorectal surgery:

  • Haemorrhoids (piles)

  • Injection and rubber banding treatment

  • Proctoscopy

  • Rigid sigmoidoscopy

  • Anal fissures

 Upper GI:

  • Gall stone disease

  • Hernias (groin, abdominal wall, hiatus hernia)

  • indigestion and acid reflux conditions

  • Adhesion-related problems

  • Diagnostic laparoscopy for undiagnosed abdominal pain


  • Breast assessments

  • Ultra sound

  • Aspirations

  • Mammography

  • Breast biopsy

Surgical care 

As well as the acute general surgical service from the accident and emergency department, we also provide elective general surgical procedures including:

  • Open and laparoscopic hernia repair

  • Laparoscopic gall bladder surgery (Cholecystectomy)

  • Laparoscopic common bile duct exploration

  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication ( repair hiatus hernia)

  • Open and stapled (PPH) surgery

  • Surgery for anal fissures (sphincterotomy)

  • Rectal prolapse (key hole surgery through the anus)

  • Obstructive defecation

  • Rectocele (STARR procedure)

  • Colorectal cancer surgery (Bowel cancer – open and keyhole )

  • Pouch surgery for colitis

  • Breast surgery; breast lump excision( Lumpectomy)

  • Mastectomy for cancer

  • Breast reconstruction (L.D. flaps and Tramsflaps)

Our facilities:

We have use of the hospital’s state of the art Treatment Centre for outpatients and theatre. Patients are treated on newly refurbished wards, fully compliant with infection control requirements. Our Juniper ward has 30 beds, including 5 side rooms and 5 bedded bays with en suite facilities.

We have two purpose-built operating theatres in the Treatment Centre, designed for keyhole surgery and equipped to an outstanding high level.

Our equipment

  • Specialised theatre set up for key hole surgery using the storz orl system

  • High definition telescopes and monitors

  • Fuji endoscopes in the endoscopy suite

  • Modern mechanical suturing equipment (staplers)