University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Meet the team

Your child will be under the shared care of a consultant neonatal surgeon and a consultant neonatologist or intensivist (depending on where they are nursed). In addition there will be junior doctors in training (registrars and senior house officers) who will also be caring for your child.

Our clinical nurse specialist is Melanie Drewett.

Consultant surgeons

Surgical support nursing staff

  • Jan Dobson and Hannah Wells – surgical support sisters

  • Lianne Cashmore and Sharon Cave – antenatal and family support sisters

Specialist paediatric anaesthetists

We also have specialist paediatric anaesthetists , who anaesthetise for pre-term, neonates and older children. 

Our statement of care

  • We aim to care for the baby as an individual and part of a unique family. Therefore we encourage parents and guardians to participate in the care of their baby. Communication will be ongoing and teaching given where appropriate.

  • We will provide a safe, calm and friendly environment for patients, families and staff.
  • Each baby will have a named nurse and consultant.

  • We respect individual families differing views, beliefs and values and will attempt to uphold them.
  • In the event of a death our aim is for it to occur peacefully, with dignity and to provide support for the parents/guardians and staff during the bereavement process. 

  • Finally, we aim to continue to provide a high standard of care by updating and making changes in care when appropriate.

The neonatal surgical service is based mostly in the neonatal unit, Princess Anne Hospital although patients are sometimes managed on the paediatric intensive care unit, Southampton General Hospital. We serve the whole of Wessex and beyond. Our patients come from the neonatal units at Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, Poole, Dorchester, Salisbury, Basingstoke, Frimley, Chichester, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands and we frequently admit babies from elsewhere in the country.

We undertake mostly intestinal, thoracic and genito-urinary surgery. There is also specialist cardiac and neurosurgery on-site. For further information, please see the conditions we treat.

The nearest similar specialist neonatal surgery units are in London, Oxford, Bristol and Brighton.

If you are visiting us, please see the directions to the Princess Anne Hospital  or Southampton General hospital