WACA Hospitals

Dorset County Hospital

Dorset County Hospital was established in 1991 as part of a long–term project to bring together all the local services for acutely ill patients onto one hospital site. The new hospital, just outside Dorchester town centre, was completed in 1997. The hospital employs 3000 staff and serves a population of around 250,000, living within Weymouth and Portland, West Dorset, North Dorset and Purbeck.

Dorset County Hospital has approximately 400 beds, seven main theatres and two day theatres. On an average, there is one paediatric anaesthesia list each day and the specialities include, general surgery, ENT, ophthalmology and community dental procedures. As the hospital covers the whole of Dorset, there is a good exposure to trainees aspiring to acquire DGH-level experience in paediatric anaesthesia.

Paediatric leads
Dr David Quick | Dr Andy Ball

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals

Located about three miles apart on the south coast, the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch hospitals are close to the New Forest in the east and the Jurassic coastline in the west. Also part of our organisation is a Sterile Supply Department based at Alderney Hospital in Poole. The hospitals became an NHS foundation trust on 1 April 2005. NHS foundation trusts are not-for-profit, public benefit corporations that were created to devolve decision-making from central government to local organisations and communities. We are still part of the NHS and strive to live up to its values, as set out in the NHS Constitution.

Paediatric leads

Poole Hospital NHS Trust

Poole Hospital is an acute general hospital based on the south coast of England. The trust has an income of around £240 million each year, and employs around 3,600 staff. The hospital has a 24-hour major accident and emergency department and is the designated trauma unit for east Dorset, serving a population of around 500,000 people.

We perform close to 1,000 paediatric operations, both elective and emergency. The specialties catered to include ENT, Paediatric GA MRI, Oral surgery, General surgery and Trauma & orthopaedics. We offer our trainees an opportunity to accompany consultants and SAS anaesthetists on lists and become familiar with paediatric anaesthesia in a variety of DGH specialties as listed above. They have opportunities to take part in a number of audits and quality improvement projects. In 2018, we invited the POEMS course to Poole, which was well received.

Paediatric leads
Dr Alison McCormick

Salisbury District Hospital

In Salisbury, we cater to various paediatric surgical specialities which include plastic surgery, ophthalmology, ENT, trauma and orthopaedics, maxillo-facial surgery amongst others and care for nearly 2000 children every year.

Being the regional plastic surgery unit, we provide our anaesthetic services to cleft-lip and palate surgery, syndactyly (webbed fingers or toes) surgery and children having corrective surgery after burns – training opportunities that are seldom available in most other DGHs. We also provide anaesthesia for children undergoing LASER surgery for congenital lesions and for burns scars and overall, the training opportunities in our hospital are well-regarded.

Paediatric Lead
Dr Lynn Fenner

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Winchester

The first Hampshire County Hospital was founded in the centre of Winchester in 1736. It moved to another city centre site in 1759 and stayed there for more than a century. It moved to its present site in Romsey Road in 1868, with support and advice from Florence Nightingale, and was granted its Royal prefix by Queen Victoria.

Royal Hampshire County Hospital provides a full range of general hospital services including accident and emergency, general and specialist surgery, general medicine, intensive care, rehabilitation, chemotherapy, diagnostic services, out-patient clinics and paediatric care.

The site also houses Florence Portal House (which provides maternity, neonatal, breast screening and some gynaecology services) and an education centre.

Paediatric leads
Dr Richard Thomas | Dr Arun Venkataraju

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Basingstoke

Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital has around 450 beds and provides a full range of planned and emergency services. These include specialist services for rare or complex illnesses for patients across the UK, including liver cancer, colorectal cancer and pseudomyxoma peritonei (a rare lower abdominal cancer).

The purpose built Diagnosis and Treatment Centre (DTC) opened in 2005.

The regional haemophilia service is based at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and we also have links with University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust for some specialised services.

Paediatric leads
Dr Sam Wilson

University Hospital Southampton

As a combined general, neurosurgical, cardiac, trauma, with a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and a regional neonatal intensive care unit we are well placed to deliver anaesthetic care to all children within the Wessex region. About 40 anaesthetists have involvement in various subspecialties of children’s anaesthesia on a regular basis and many of us work across these sub-specialist boundaries. We provide paediatric anaesthesia training to all grades of trainee including those wanting training at fellow level to enable them to become specialist paediatric anaesthetists

Southampton Children’s Hospital – Neonatal and Paediatric Surgery

Children’s surgery in Southampton includes general surgical work for all ages from premature babies through to 17 year olds. There are 12 specialised paediatric anaesthetists who provide an on-call service and deliver much of the day-time anaesthesia but we are helped by having many colleagues who are primarily adult anaesthetists but with training and expertise in children’s anaesthesia. We work with surgeons in neonatal, general, urological, orthopaedic, ophthalmic, orthopaedic, dental, maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat surgery. We also provide anaesthesia for radiological imaging, oncology procedures, gastroenterology scopes and bronchoscopy. We assist in the anaesthesia and insertion of peripherally and centrally inserted long- term cannulae.

There is full provision of surgery for the local Southampton population and we draw in many children for specialist surgery from the wider Wessex region and beyond. Southampton is a paediatric major trauma centre with frequent helicopter and land transfer of sick children.

Southampton Children’s Hospital – Wessex Neurological Centre

The paediatric neurosurgical services within the Wessex Neurological Centre are networked with Oxford, treating approximately 300 children a year from birth to 18 years old. Geographically we provide neurosurgical care for approximately 3 million people including the Channel Islands and Falkland Islands.

We provide 24/7 Consultant delivered care for paediatric neurosurgical emergencies, UHS being a Major Trauma Centre with an Air Ambulance Service and PICU.

The clinical team consists of 6 neuroanaesthetists with specialist experience in paediatric neuroanaesthesia, who work closely with 4 paediatric neurosurgeons and two neuroradiologists skilled in paediatric neuro-interventional procedures. We have a specialist neuromonitoring team for intra-operative monitoring and are awaiting the completion of a new state of the art intra-operative MRI facility to allow real time evaluation of the completeness of tumour removal.

We have an 8-bedded paediatric neurosurgery ward with video telemetry suite. There is a dedicated nursing team on the children’s neurosurgery ward and also a clinical nurse specialist in epilepsy neurosurgery. The team also works closely with the neuro-oncologists, neurologists and the paediatric endocrinology team as well as with the various support services including genetics, neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation and play specialists.

We treat patients with hydrocephalus, brain and spinal tumours, cerebral palsy and movement disorders, epilepsy, vascular malformations (surgically & radiologically), spinal dysraphism and major head trauma.

University Hospital Southampton – Congenital Cardiac Anaesthesia

Congenital cardiac surgery in the Wessex Cardiac Unit at University Hospital Southampton is provided in a transitional model. This means that we look after patients from their antenatal diagnosis all the way through to adulthood in the same institution. For the period 2015-17 approximately 400 children’s heart operations were carried out each year and an additional 200 interventional cardiology procedures were performed. Most of this surgery was performed on babies and small children reflecting the urgency of correcting these diagnoses. We undertake the full spectrum of children’s heart surgery (excluding transplant). Our patients will often come back for further operations and our team are uniquely placed to support them as they age, allowing continuity of care. We have the full support of an excellent PICU and a high quality perfusion team who are specialists are delivering extracorporeal circulation such as heart-lung bypass or ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) when needed.

Our anaesthesia structure is bespoke to reflect our service’s needs and is delivered by a combination of specialist cardiac anaesthetists who all practice anaesthesia for congenital cardiac surgery, adult cardiac surgery and intensive care medicine. In addition we are well supported by a team of specialist paediatric anaesthetists who care for many of our patients undergoing diagnostic and interventional cardiology procedures. On occasion we are asked to assist in the operative delivery of high-risk pregnancies in patients with congenital cardiac lesions.

Paediatric leads

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust is a large district general hospital providing comprehensive acute and specialist services. We are the largest non-teaching hospital trust in England, with an annual turnover of close to £550m, employing over 7,000 members of staff.

Our main site is the Queen Alexandra Hospital located in Portsmouth and our staff  and over 600 volunteers work across Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. We serve a population of around 675,000 Portsmouth and south east Hampshire residents.

Paediatric leads

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England.  Established in April 2012, the Trust provides a full range of health services to an isolated offshore population of 140,000.

Based at the heart of the Island, with 246 beds and handling 22,685 admissions each year, St Mary’s Hospital in Newport is our main base for delivering acute services for the Island’s population. Services include A&E, the Urgent Care Service (by referral only), Emergency medicine and surgery, planned surgery, intensive care, comprehensive maternity, NICU and paediatric services with 1,338 births last year.

Paediatric leads

Western Sussex Hospitals (Worthing & Chichester)

St Richard’s in Chichester provides a full range of general acute hospital services including A&E, maternity, outpatients, day surgery and intensive care. Worthing Hospital provides a full range of general acute hospital services including A&E, maternity, outpatients, day surgery and intensive care. It is also home to the West Sussex Breast Screening service.

Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea provides outpatient, diagnostic and day surgery services alongside a new, purpose-built ophthalmology centre for eye patients.

Frimley Park Hospital

We have three main hospitals – Frimley Park in Frimley near Camberley, Heatherwood in Ascot and Wexham Park near Slough. Sometimes it’s easier for you if we come closer to home so we run outpatient clinics and diagnostic services from Aldershot, Farnham, Fleet, Windsor, Maidenhead, Bracknell and Chalfont St Peter,

Our three core values, and the behaviours that support them, guide everything we do and set out what we expect of our staff in the way they treat patients, visitors, service users and each other. So whether you use our services or are just visiting you can expect us to be Committed to Excellence, Working Together and Facing the Future. We are also proud to host the Defence Medical Group South East at Frimley Park with military surgical, medical and nursing personnel working alongside the hospital’s NHS staff providing care to patients in all specialties.

Paediatric leads