Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery


We aim to offer the most up-to-date clinical care for patients with benign disease of the upper gastro-intestine including the oesophagus, stomach and gall bladder tract. Nearly 90% of the surgery we now offer is laparoscopic or ‘keyhole’ surgery which means a shorter stay in hospital and a quicker return to normal activities. This surgery includes the removal of gallbladders, surgery for hernias of the abdominal wall and surgery for heartburn and hiatus hernias. We are also the regional centre for bariatric surgery (obesity) providing a surgical weight management service. We carry out gastric ballooning, gastric banding, gastric sleeves and gastric bypasses.


Information Leaflets

Bariatric weight loss


Laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Your guide to looking after yourself after surgery



Key Contacts

Clinical Director
Mr Steve Holtham – 0191 565 6256 ext 42162

Directorate Manager
Mrs Dawn Youssef – 0191 565 6256 ext 41961

Denise Simpson – 0191 565 6256