Miss Fiona McAndrew - MBBS MD FRCS Paediatric Surgeon
Fiona graduated from King's College, London, in 1989 and trained at Alder Hey, Southampton, Perth (Western Australia) and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Fiona’s MD was awarded by Liverpool University for her research on bacterial translocation. Fiona was appointed in August 2002. She covers all aspect of urological disease in children, both upper and lower tract and genital abnormalities, including about 70 hypospadias surgeries per year. She has a special interest in Stone disease and major urinary reconstructive surgery.
As well as practicing at Alder Hey, Fiona also holds clinic sessions at the paediatric departments at Warrington, Ormskirk, Leighton, Glan Clwyd and Wrexham hospitals. She is currently working to improve the range of treatment options for children with Stone disease. Her clinical research interests include, urinary tract infection, stone disease and hypospadias.
Mr Simon Kenny - BSc(Hons) ChB(Hons) MD FRCS(Paed) FAAP -
Consultant Paediatric General and Urological Surgeon
Clinical Director of Theatres, Orthopaedics, Plastics, Anaesthetics, and Surgery Clinical Business Unit
Simon graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1990 and trained in paediatric surgery and urology at Alder Hey. He also received training in paediatric laparoscopy at Monash Medical Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, and at St Luke’s Presbyterian Hospital, Denver, USA. Simon was appointed in February 2003. He is Alder Hey’s clinical lead in paediatric minimally invasive general and urological surgery (laparoscopy or keyhole surgery), including impalpable testis, Hirschsprung’s disease, splenectomy, cholecystectomy, nephroureterectomy and pyeloplasty. He performs 50-80 hypospadias operations per year and runs a joint Hirschsprung’s clinic with Mr Colin Baillie and Dr Mark Dalzell.
As an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Child Health, working with developmental biologists at the University of Liverpool, Simon’s scientific research interests encompass development of the entericnervous system, and exploitation of the properties of stem cells in the treatment of Hirschsprung’s disease and as renal replacement therapy. His clinical research interests include minimally invasive surgery, and long-term outcomes in paediatric surgery and urology. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the American Academy of Pediatrics in recognition of his research in Hirschprung’s disease. As Chair of the Clinical Outcomes Group of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, Simon is leading the development of outcome measures for specialist revalidation in paediatric surgery.
As well as practicing at Alder Hey, Simon also holds clinic sessions at the paediatric departments at St Helens, Bangor and Arrowe Park Hospital. He also has clinical managerial responsibility for the TOPAS CBU.
Mr Andrew Baird - MB ChB FRCSUrol Consultant in Adolescent and Reconstructive Urology
Andrew graduated from The University of Liverpool Medical School in 1995 and trained in general surgery and urology before beginning higher surgical training in adult urology in the Mersey Region. A period in training at Alder Hey Hospital was followed by a Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore MD USA in Adolescent and Reconstructive Urology. Experience in urethral reconstructive surgery was obtained at the Christian Medical College, Vellore, India.
Andrew was appointed as Adolescent and Reconstructive Urologist in October 2007 between Alder Hey and Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust. A seamless transition of care from paediatric to adult urology is undertaken across the two hospitals, and as such the service provides high quality care from outpatient clinics, through reconstructive surgery, and onwards into adult healthcare.
Research interests include the long term outcomes for Bladder Exstrophy/Epispadias complex, and long term outcomes of reconstructive urological surgery in children and young adults. Andrew is a panel reviewer for a number of Urological journals, and a regular invited speaker at International events talking on Exstrophy/Epispadias, Adolescent Urology and Transitional Care.
Miss Harriet Corbett - BSc(Hons) MB ChB MD FRCS(Paed) Consultant Paediatric Urological and General Surgeon
Harriet graduated from the University of Liverpool in 1996 and trained in paediatric surgery and urology in Manchester and at Alder Hey. She also received training in paediatric urology & laparoscopy at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Harriet was appointed in September 2010.She performs 60-70 hypospadias operations per year as well as managing all aspects of urological disease in children including both upper and lower tract conditions. She undertakes paediatric minimally invasive general and urological surgery (laparoscopy or keyhole surgery), including impalpable testis, nephroureterectomy and pyeloplasty. As well as practicing at Alder Hey, Harriet also holds clinic sessions at the paediatric departments at Whiston and Warrington Hospital.
Harriet’s MD was awarded by Liverpool University for her research on biochemical signaling in pulmonary hypertension in Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. Current research interests include Balanitis Xerotic Obliterans, fungal infections in the urinary tract, hypospadias and human factors in medicine and surgery. Harriet is the lead consultant for the Departmental Morbidity and Mortality process.
Dr Caroline Sanders Phd, BSc(Hons), PGD psychosexual therapy, RGN, RSCN
Caroline completed nurse training at Salford in 1990 after a four year program. Post registration as a nurse she has continued to access education and completed her nursing degree from Manchester in 1995. Caroline was appointed in 1997. Caroline has visited children’s urology services in Australia and Canada. In 2009 she completed her PhD which explored parents’ experiences of their child reconstructive genital surgeries. She is to continue developing her research skills over the next three years following being granted a NIHR clinical post-doctoral award.
Caroline supports staff in a nurse led service and delivers direct patient care for children and young people with dysfunctional voiding and complex lifelong uro-genital problems. Caroline also undertakes diagnostic urological investigations and works closely with other hospital and community and school health teams in order to support children, young people and their families in both a hospital and home environment.
Sarah Doyle - MSc, APNP, RN (child)
Sarah completed her diploma in children’s nursing at University of Wales in 1999. Initial clinical practice was based in general paediatrics prior to joining Alder Hey in 2001. At Alder Hey Sarah developed an interest in paediatric urology and has since completed her MSc as an Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner at John Moores University in 2007. She won an award to visit the urology service in CHOP (children’s hospital in Philadelphia) in 2009. Sarah has in 2010 started her PhD and plans to explore the impact and experience of having bladder surgery has on young people.
Sarah carries out nurse led clinics for patients with dysfunctional voiding, urinary tract infections, pre & post operative urology surgery and complex urological conditions. She undertakes diagnostic urological investigations and provides treatments such as biofeedback and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation.
Andrea Carpenter – RGN RSCN BSc(Hons) Nurse Practitioner
Adult/Paediatric A33 Autonomous Practitioner, Dip. Health Studies
Andrea trained at Victoria Hospital Blackpool and has recently completed her prescribing qualification at Edge Hill University. A varied and colourful nursing background from a stint as a Nurse at the World Cup Hockey, to winning the Queen’s Nurse Innovation Award for her role as Nurse Practitioner with the health team for the homeless. Andrea joined the team in 2007. She enjoys her current position as Urology Nurse at Alder Hey and works with children to attain day and night time continence of both bowels and bladder. Andrea encourages children to design their own plans and take ownership of their problem, with the use of positive thinking, yoga and visualisation for empowerment and most of all fun.
Shirley Sinnott – Play Specialist /nursery nurse trained
Shirley training in 1985 following a two year programme and joined the trust in 1987. She has worked on a general surgical ward for 5 years and on a urology/surgical ward for the past 16 years. She completed a two year hospital play specialist diploma course at John Moores University in 1999. In 2006 Shirley joined the urology team and works with the urology nurse specialists. She supports children with dysfunctional voiding and provides bladder retraining programmes and prepares children for urological surgery and procedures. She has developed a special interest in procedural pain and undertook the pain course at John Moores University in 2004.
Claire Ferguson – BA(Hons), RN (Child) Clinical Nurse Specialist
Claire completed her degree in nursing at John Moore’s University in 1997. After qualifying Claire worked on Ward K3, where she became Sister in 2001 and also had a secondment post to Ward Manager in 2003. During her time on the ward Claire was lead nurse for competency development in the Surgical Directorate and played an active role in the development of a hypospadias pathway, which remains in use today.
Claire joined the Urology team in May 2010. She has a special interest in adolescent healthcare and hopes to become actively involved in transitional service. Claire provides nurse led clinics for patients requiring urology surgery and also treatments such as, biofeedback and percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation.
Clerical and administration staff
Our clerical staff includes secretaries Diane Wright and Brenda Murray. Both work within the Department of paediatric surgery and can be contacted on 0151 252 5434. Our admissions clerk is Val Devlin and she can be contacted on 0151 252 5606.
Registrar and junior doctors
As a teaching hospital we have a group of trainee doctors that are based within each service. These rotate and are integral members of our team.
We work very closely with the wards in the hospital. Most often the urology patients access ward K3 and the ward manager for this unit is Maureen Arrowesmith.