General Surgery

Why join us in General Surgery?

One of the Country’s Biggest Specialty Units

We are one of the largest dedicated Colorectal Surgery units in England and receive around 450 new colorectal cancer referrals per year

Join an Outstanding Team

NNUH’s Surgical services are highly rated and regarded, with excellent surgical outcomes and mortality figures within speciality

Constant Evaluation and Evolution

Our highly-skilled staff are improving and developing the care we provide our patients every day. We monitor patient feedback closely with staff committed to providing the best possible care

Opportunities are Endless

There are exciting opportunities across the specialities for staff to develop skills and knowledge – we are proud to have a growing multi-disciplinary team of specialist nurses and practitioners

About Our Unit

Our General Surgery Unit comprises four specialties:
Colorectal/Lower GI Unit:

The colorectal unit comprises of six consultant surgeons, nursing staff on Dilham ward, specialist colorectal nursing and stoma care staff.

The unit manages patients with colorectal cancer and benign colorectal disorders including inflammatory bowel disease and complicated diverticular disease. We also specialise in benign anorectal disorders.

The unit works closely with the physiology department, as well as gastroenterology and radiology departments to provide diagnostic care and treatment. The colorectal unit also provides a full range of general surgical emergency and elective work.

Gastrointestininal/Upper GI Surgery:

The Department of Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgery is led by three consultants providing the full range of upper GI speciality services for NNUH, and are supported by a team of nursing and support staff and specialist nurses.

The upper GI team regularly perform surgery for upper GI cancers and work closely with the Cancer Network, and colleagues in gastroenterology, oncology and other hospitals in other regions.

Operations performed include liver resection, gastrectomy and esophagectomy. Benign work is also carried out by the team.

Breast Surgery:

The breast and endocrine surgical team manages patients with benign and malignant breast diseases, and patients with family history of breast cancer. We also treat patients with diseases of the thyroid, parathyroid and parotid glands.

We provide a multi-disciplinary approach together with our colleagues in radiology, oncology, pathology and plastic surgery.

The unit is led by four surgical consultants and a team of breast specialist nurses.

Our inpatients are cared for primarily on our two dedicated wards. Dilham Ward specialises in Colorectal and Lower GI, while Docking Ward specialises in Upper GI/Thoracics.

Our breast surgery patients are usually cared for on Coltishall ward.

Thoracic Surgery:

The Thoracic team provides surgical services for diseases inside the chest, to a population approaching 1.25 million.

We have a dedicated surgical team providing complex and major surgery to a catchment area of Norfolk and Waveney. We also receive tertiary referrals from hospitals in the surrounding region.

Easton (Emergency Assessment Unit – Surgery)

Our emergency activity within Surgery is managed on Easton Ward and comprises a combination of assessment rooms and short stay inpatient beds. The unit caters for a range of emergency attendances for all Surgical specialities, covering simple plastics procedures to complex poly-trauma.   

The patients journey to Easton is varied either starting in the Emergency Department, GP or surgical clinics.  Patients are allocated same day diagnostic investigations or clinic appointments and the team work closely with the emergency Theatre team to support patient care.  After elective admissions, Easton is the next main route for surgical patients to transfer to inpatient speciality wards where they receive continued care.  Easton is a versatile area for any nurse to work, as it offers a supportive environment for newly qualified nurses, we have a dedicated educator who helps with the transition into registered nursing roles.  This is also the ideal environment for experienced nurses to hone their skills in emergency assessment nursing which is slightly different to an emergency department role. 

We'd love you to join us!

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is one of the largest employers in Norfolk, our staff work together to provide care for our local population.

We have a huge variety of roles, with opportunity for development and career progression.

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