Bariatric Surgery


We are a regional centre for bariatric surgery (obesity) providing a surgical weight management service. We carry out gastric ballooning, gastric banding, gastric sleeves and gastric bypasses for patients who fulfil a strict criteria.  Patients must be referred by their GP and meet guidelines set by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence. 


The first appointment will be at a group session (seminar) where you will meet the team, find out about the service and options.  Your second appointment will be to see the Specialist nurse who will discuss your personal medical history with you, and you will also see the dietitian who will discuss your eating patterns and your lifestyle with you.


You will be given a weight loss target at this point.


To help you achieve your weight loss target and additionally to help you attain a healthy balanced diet patients will be required to attend a Healthy Eating Programme. This program will be run in group sessions with a maximum of 10 patients per group. Patients are welcome to have 1 carer or family member to attend the group session with them. There will be 4 group sessions in total which will last for 2 hours and are run fortnightly in various locations. These sessions will cover a variety of interesting and helpful topics that are fully aimed at supporting patients throughout their bariatric journey. On successful completion of this program patients will be given final review after one month where it we will determined if patients have achieved their weight loss target. If you have not achieved your weight loss then you may be given some extra time to do this.


If you have achieved your required weight loss you will be discussed at the MDT meeting.  Some patients may not be suitable for surgery even if they achieve weight loss. They may have to have further tests and see other specialists before surgery would be considered.


Whilst a patient is trying to lose weight they will also be supported by the bariatric specialist nurses.


For more information prior to being accepted for surgery, and the different types of surgery, please read the information leaflet below.

A Bariatric guide to methods of losing weight


Ward C31 (the Gastrointestinal Unit) is a 25 bedded ward which has been adapted in some areas in order to accommodate bariatric patients. We are a very busy ward with a rapid turnover of both elective and emergency patients. We deal with patients who come to hospital for a range of surgical interventions or procedures and also deal with emergency patients, not just those patients undergoing bariatric surgery or interventions.


The staff on C31 have worked as a team since 2007 when the dedicated bariatric ward was implemented.  Having spent time on other areas we moved to C31 in November 2011 following a refurbishment of the ward. This refurbishment included widening of all toilet/ bathroom doors in order to accommodate specialist bariatric equipment.


Your Stay With Us

On admission patients should bring a supply of toiletries, nightwear and appropriate foot wear.  We do not expect you to wear nightwear at all times and encourage patients to bring in comfortable clothes to wear during the day. You should also ensure that you bring any medication you are taking as well as any specialized/adapted equipment that you will require during your stay, ie CPAP machine.


During your stay you will be looked after by a team of nursing staff led by your Named Nurse.  Your Named Nurse will co-ordinate and plan your care from admission through to discharge. In the absence of your Named Nurse other team members will ensure that your care continues as planned.


If you have any questions about your treatment / care plan please ask a member of your allocated nursing team or the nurse in charge.  Please click here to see the various staff groups you are likely to come into contact with during your stay.


Please click on the link below for information relating to the various stages of your admission.

On admission

Day of operation

First day after surgery

Second and third day after surgery


If you are being admitted for an endoscopic procedure, please click here for information relating to your procedure and your stay with us.


Visiting Times

Visiting times are 2 pm – 4 pm and 6 pm – 8 pm.  In order to respect other patients on the ward we ask that no more than 3 people visit each patient at any one time.  All visitors are asked to adhere to our hand washing policy, please wash hands on entry and departure to ward. No hot food or drinks should be brought on to the ward.


Friends and Family Test

On discharge you will be given a Friends and Family Test card to complete regarding your stay on the ward.  You will be asked to answer the following question:

“How likely are you to recommend our ward department to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?”


This allows the ward to identify both good and bad performance and encourages staff to make improvements where services do not live up to expectations.


It will mean that staff from ward C31 have access to up-to-date patient feedback which will help us be empowered to take immediate action to tackle areas of weak performance and build on our successes.


Key Contacts

Consultant General Surgeon Mr Peter Small – 0191 565 6256
Clinical Director Mr Andrew Brown – 0191 565 6256 ext 47260
Directorate Manager  Felicity White – 0191 565 6256 ext 41961
Matron Denise Simpson – 0191 565 6256
Bariatric Specialist Nurses Arun Sekhar and Lisa Wilde – 0191 5656256 ext 42570/42708
Specialist Dietitian Maureen Boyle 0191 5656256 ext 42832