Surgical Care

What we do

Mayday Healthcare has more than 25 consultants working in 9 different specialities.

Many operations can now be carried out in one day and a special Day Surgery Unit with 4 theatres opened on the Mayday University Hospital site in June 2005.

Other more complex surgery may mean patients are admitted the day before their operation but we aim to get people back into their own homes or a more appropriate place to recover, as quickly as possible.

We treat approximately 7,000 day-cases, 3,800 planned inpatients and 5,300 emergencies each year.

The main procedures carried out in each specialty are listed below:

General Surgery

There are seven general surgeons at Mayday who specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Upper gastrointestinal (GI) surgery
  • Breast surgery
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Urology

Orthopaedics (bone and joint)

There are eight orthopaedic surgeons at Mayday in the following subspecialties:

  • upper limb surgery
  • spinal surgery
  • hip surgery
  • knee surgery
  • foot and ankle surgery

There is also a dedicated children’s service.

Patients who need primary hip and knee replacement surgery have their operation by our surgeons at the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre. The Mayday orthopaedic service treats approximately 3,400 inpatients and day cases per year, and the Trust’s day surgery rates for upper limb surgery and soft tissue knee surgery are 70%, which compare favourably with the best hospitals nationally.

Orthopaedic Trauma is an important part of the department’s work operating on around 1,400 patients every year.  The department treats approximately 26,000 patients per year in its own dedicated outpatients department which has both general and specialist clinics.

Ear nose and throat

There are four 4 ENT consultants and two associate specialists . The consultants have special interests in Rhinology, Otology, Head and neck surgery, facial plastic surgery, snoring and voice problems. 

The ENT department at Mayday has been at the forefront of developing day case surgery in this field.  We were one of the first units to perform tonsillectomy as day surgery and have been successfully doing so for the last 13 years.  The unit is run on a hub and spoke model with inpatient services being provided at St Georges. 

As we are happy to provide a wide range of surgery in the day case unit it is only medically unfit patients or those requiring major head and neck surgery who are admitted.  This means that the day case rates for ENT patients at Mayday are one of the highest in the country. 

We run tertiary referral clinics in otoneurology and snoring where innovative treatments are available.


There are five consultant ophthalmologists at Mayday hospital. Specialist services include:

  • cataract surgery
  • glaucoma
  • corneal surgery
  • medical retinal
  • children’s surgery.

The department has its own eye casualty service for emergency care and has a national reputation for the delivery of cataract surgery.

Eye Unit staff work with local opticians to manage patients with glaucoma in the community rather than in hospital.

Mayday also provides a screening service for patients with diabetes which helps to identify diabetic related eye diseases. Almost all residents of Croydon who have a diagnosis of diabetes are screened by this service.

The department has close links with St Georges’ for the provision of emergency services in South London; Moorfield’s Eye Hospital for the provision of children’s services; and St Thomas’ hospital for research and education.

The Restorative Dentistry Service is consultant led and provides diagnosis, assessment, advice, and where appropriate, treatment for the full range of restorative problems. Currently there is no service provided for restorative treatment under general anaesthesia or for children.

There is one Consultant , who is Associate Dean for Postgraduate Dental Education as well as clinical lead for the Head & Neck Specialties and Gynaecology, one Associate Specialist, one Staff Grade, several clinical assistants  and one Specialist Registrar. There are close links with East Surrey Hospital including joint consultant clinics.

Maxillofacial surgery. A full range of specialist surgical services are provided by a consultant-led team. Secondary care diagnosis and treatment services are provided on an outpatient and day case bases. The team works closely with other departments such as Hospital Dentistry and Dermatology to provide comprehensive patient care. All aspects of oral and maxillofacial services are dealt with, including paediatrics and adult dentoalveolar surgery under local and general anaesthetic. A&E referrals for maxillofacial trauma and emergency cases from general dental/medical practitioners are dealt with daily. The department has greatly expanded over the last eight years, as has the range and quality of services that it provides.

The Orthodontic Service is highly specialised and treats only multi disciplinary cases requiring advanced restorative treatment, orthognathic surgery or both. Some patients with difficult medical histories special needs are also treated. The department has excellent relationships with the local GPs and specialists and provides a comprehensive advice service on all aspects of orthodontics. All routine orthodontics including difficult cases are referred to the local specialists for treatment.

The department is linked to the Regional Cleft Service at Guys Hospital and carries out the Orthodontic component of treatment for local patients with cleft lip and palate.

Plastic surgery: The Trust provides an outpatient and local anaesthetic day surgery service only in plastic surgery. There is one consultant who is a joint appointment with St Georges’ that provides the service for South West London. Mayday has a close working relationship with St Georges’ who support breast surgery and orthopaedic trauma.


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