Surgical Department

These skilled hands change lives in a few hours


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Precision, high standards and a dedication to detail. Through teamwork and sheer dedication, the Victoria Hospital surgery team works tirelessly, achieving record volumes of surgeries in the three theatres. The teams are proud of the gastrointestinal work they do, using cutting edge key-hole surgery. This uses special fine instruments called scopes that take cameras into the patient to radically reduce scarring and healing time. We are also proud of the ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) surgeries that are restoring hearing in hundreds of patients who come through the doors of the surgery department.


“Sleep wraps up the sleeve of care” – said Shakespeare, it also allows surgeons to do their work as a patient sleeps soundly. An anaesthetist partners with surgeons, carefully administering anaesthesia so that a patient feels no pain, and wakes at just the right time.

An anaesthetist is also responsible for pain management in patients who are experiencing chronic pain. They also cover patients in ICU, ensuring they are well looked after and pain medication and sleep are well covered.

Dr. Mark Hampton – Surgeon
Head of Department, Surgery

Working at Victoria Hospital since he was a trainee, Dr. Hampton loves the teamwork and interaction between departments at Victoria. He is most interested in gastrointestinal laparoscopic surgery for two reasons: its intricacy and the pressure to be accurate in order to keep the patient safe from harm as well as the cutting nature of laparoscopic (key-hole) surgery.

Sister Sutcliffe

Oversees the working cogs of this department, ensuring the department has the most innovative equipment and staff are well managed. Sister Sutcliffe has been at Victoria Hospital since 2010 and is passionate about developing even more technologically advanced surgery in order to offer patients from the district excellent surgical care.

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Dr. Jessica van der Walt – Anaesthetist
Head of Department, Anaesthetics

Dr. van der Walt is a relative newcomer to Victoria Hospital, having joined  an able team in 2015, that is well known all over for their expert care and team work. Dr. van der Walt was drawn to anaesthetics by her enjoyment of time in theatre, by the opportunity to work within a team and by the variety of work.

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Surgical Department

Precision and care for every patient


Hard-working Team

The surgical team works hard to tackle a huge case load, ensuring high standards.

Innovative Equipment

Cutting edge key-hole surgery reduces scarring and time in hospital

Specialist Care

Our team of specialist doctors and nurses operate in three busy theatres.

"The work ethic at this hospital is unbelievable.
Patients are well-looked after in a great atmosphere."

Dr. Mark Hampton