Upper Gastro Intestinal Surgery

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Welcome to the Department of Upper Gastro-intestinal Surgery

We are a Surgical Specialty that specialises in the treatment of patients with disorders of the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, spleen, bile duct and gall bladder. We are also part of the department of General Surgery and treat patients with hernias and lumps and bumps and those who are admitted as an emergency.

The majority of our operations are performed via a keyhole approach (laparoscopic procedures). Some of the complex laparoscopic operations that we perform include those for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gall stones and hernias. Bariatric surgery (for the treatment of obesity) is becoming more widely performed; we aim to offer this service in the future.

We also perform endoscopic procedures; including gastroscopy, ERCP and colonoscopy. These involve a long, flexible camera that is used to examine the oesophagus, stomach and colon. If your GP is concerned that you may have a tumour of the oesophagus, stomach or pancreas, then he or she will make a fast track referral to our department. All cases are treated urgently; you will receive either an appointment for clinic or endoscopy within 2 weeks.

We work closely with regional cancer centres in Ipswich and Cambridge (Addenbrooke’s Hospital). We endeavour to perform as many of the staging investigations and treatments for patients with cancer in West Suffolk Hospital. You may however, need to go to one of these centres for assessment or treatment.

The aim of our department is to treat patients with skill, confidentiality and understanding. We wish to ensure that patients are well informed and have open access to professional help when needed.

Main Contact Numbers

Mr D O’Riordan’s secretary - 01284 713897 (email- darlene.hurrell@wsh.nhs.uk)

Mr C Vickery’s secretary - 01284 713897 (email- darlene.hurrell@wsh.nhs.uk)

Departmental Fax no. - 01284 712905

Kathy Webb (Specialist Nurse) - secretary  01284 712893 (email- Virginia.comely@wsh.nhs.uk)

We will not be able to discuss confidential matters by email.

Services Provided

Outpatient services

  • Rapid Access fast track endoscopy for suspected cancer patients
  • Rapid Access fast track clinic appointments for suspected cancer patients
  • Routine and urgent out patients clinics in West Suffolk Hospital, Newmarket Hospital and Walnut Tree Hospital, Sudbury
  • Specialist Nurse led clinics in West Suffolk Hospital

Inpatient and Day Surgery Services

For gall stone disease or jaundice:

  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder)
  • Laparoscopic cholecystectomy and bile duct exploration
  • ERCP

For acid reflux and oesophageal conditions:

  • Laparoscopic anti-reflux procedures (e.g. Nissen fundoplication)
  • Laparoscopic repair of hiatus hernias
  • Laparoscopic procedure for Achalasia (Heller’s cardiomyotomy)
  • Gastroscopy +/- oesophageal stent insertion

For hernias:

  • Laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias
  • Laparoscopic repair of incisional hernias
  • Open repair of inguinal hernias (under local or general anaesthetic)
  • Repair of para-umbilical, femoral and epigastric hernias

Other procedures:

  • Laparoscopic staging of tumours
  • Removal of lumps and other skin lesions (provided exceptional funding has been arranged – see below)

The Suffolk Primary Care Trust (PCT), which is responsible for buying services from West Suffolk Hospital, has created a list of low priority operations. These are procedures that are usually performed for cosmetic reasons, and those that treated by our department include:

General benign skin lesion policy:

  • Lipoma
  • Skin Tags
  • Warts
  • Sebaceous cysts

The local Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for buying services from West Suffolk Hospital, has created a list of low priority operations. These include procedures that are usually performed for cosmetic reasons.

Uncomplicated skin lesions, such as lipoma, skin tags, warts and sebaceous cysts fall into this category. Your GP may have access to an operation list performed in their local surgery. If this is not suitable, there are some criteria that might enable you to be referred to us. Please discuss this with your GP.

Members of the team

Mr Dermot O'Riordan

Mr Craig Vickery


Mr Dermot O’Riordan - Consultant Surgeon

Telephone: 01284 713897
Fax: 01284 712905
Bleep No: 784
Specialty: General and Upper GI Surgery
Special interests: Gall bladder surgery, hernia surgery, laparoscopic anti reflux surgery.
Previous positions: Clinical Director for General Surgery, SpR rotation – North East Thames, Research - National Hernia Outcome, Member of Council - RCS


Mr Craig Vickery - Consultant Surgeon

Telephone; 01284 713897
Secretary: Darlene Hurrell - 01284 713897
Fax: 01284 712795
Bleep No: 674
Specialty: General and Upper GI Surgery
Special interests; Gall bladder surgery, hernia surgery, laparoscopic anti reflux surgery.
Other roles: Lead Clinician for Upper GI cancer
Previous positions: Locum Upper GI Consultant, Bristol, SpR rotation – South West Deanery, Research - Quality of life in patients, with gastric cancer

Kathy Webb - Upper GI Nurse Specialist

Telephone: 01284 712893, Bleep No: 576

I specialise in cancers of the oesophagus, stomach, pancreas, bile duct and liver. My main role is to co-ordinate the care and treatment that you receive whilst being treated at West Suffolk Hospital. If you require treatment at Addenbrookes or Ipswich Hospitals, it is my role to liaise with them on your behalf and ensure that you receive the best treatment available. I will also inform your GP of all treatments and discussions.


The following chart details the time and location of clinics and endoscopy lists held by members of the upper GI team.






Endoscopy – C Vickery



C Vickery - Theatre

D O'Riordon - Theatre 

C Vickery - Theatre

D O'Riordon - Theatre 



C Vickery - Alternate weeks at Newmarket and Sudbury


D O'Riordon - Alternate weeks in Endoscopy and Clinic



BSE OP Clinic– C Vickery


C Vickery DSU weeks 2/4/5


ERCP List – D O’Riordan


C Vickery DSU weeks 2/4/5





Your General Practitioner can request an appointment through one of the following methods:

  • For suspected cancers – please fax a rapid access referral form, available from the pink book.  Depending on your symptoms you may either be booked onto the next available endoscopy list or be given an urgent out patient appointment. In the case of the latter, your GP will also request an ultrasound scan which will be performed before you are seen in clinic.
  • The “ choose and book ” computerised system may be used for all other urgent and routine out patient appointments.
  • Your GP may send a standard referral letter to either Mr O’Riordan or Mr Vickery at West Suffolk Hospital, Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 2QZ.

Private Referrals

Referrals for Mr Vickery should be sent to:

BMI Bury St Edmunds Hospital
St Mary’s Square
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk, IP33 2AA
Tel: 01284 701371
Fax: 01284 716703

Patient information

The following organisations provide information and support for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer of the upper GI tract. They also have informative websites.

Macmillan Cancer Support
89 Albert Embankment,
London, SE1 7UQ
Free phone 0808 808 00 00

Oesophageal Patients’ Association
22 Vulcan House
Vulcan Road
West Midlands B91 2JY
Tel: 0121 704 9860

Last updated: 29 Jul 2015 11:24:45.287

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