The need for surgery can often be a stressful experience for both children and parents but experienced specialists are there to care at all stages of the surgical process. Families also have the significant reassurance of a paediatric anaesthetist, on call 24 hours a day.
Specialists include paediatric orthopaedic surgeons who have a busy caseload of emergency surgery, such as fractures, and planned procedures which may treat conditions present at birth like hip problems identified in babies.
Ear, nose and throat surgeons who specialise in children's cases perform some of the dozens of procedures carried out at Staffordshire Children’s Hospital every week, as do maxillofacial and dentistry colleagues and specialists in spinal injuries and deformity and ophthalmology.
Paediatric plastic surgeons are also on hand to give support in emergency cases. There are wards at the hospital for children visiting for planned day case surgery, or more serious cases who need to be in hospital prior to their operation.