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Marie-Klaire Farrugia MD MD(Res) FRCSEd(Paed.Surg) is Consultant Paediatric Urologist in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (C&W) and Imperial College Hospitals, specialising on all areas of kidney, bladder and genital anomalies that babies are born with or develop later in childhood. She is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College, as well as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Pediatric Urology, and is well-published in her field. As Clinical Lead for Paediatric Surgery in the North West London Network, Miss Farrugia is responsible for the coordination of care of paediatric surgical newborns and children across the main west London hospitals.

Miss Farrugia obtained her medical degree from the University of Malta and moved to the U.K. in 2001 to pursue a career in Paediatric Surgery. She completed her specialist training in Great Ormond Street Hospital, St George’s Hospital, Kings College Hospital and the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, qualifying as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Paediatric Surgery in 2008. She subsequently sub-specialised in Paediatric Urology, which is now her main area of expertise. She spent two-years in full-time research at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Child Health, looking into prenatally-diagnosed bladder conditions and how they affect kidney development. Her work led to a number of peer-reviewed publications and the award of a research MD from the University of London. Her research was awarded the joint European Society of Pediatric Urology and American Academy of Pediatrics travelling fellowship, which enabled Miss Farrugia to gain further experience in leading US centres in Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco.

Miss Farrugia was appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Urologist in Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 2011. She continued to develop her clinical and research interest in perinatal urology by revising the prenatal hydronephrosis guidelines for Chelsea and Westminster and Imperial College Hospitals, and teaching on the topic throughout the northwest London hospital network. She runs prenatal counselling clinics in Chelsea and Westminster and Queen Charlotte’s Hospitals, in addition to paediatric urology clinics in both hospitals. Miss Farrugia is a fully trained paediatric robotic surgeon and amongst the first children’s robotic surgeons in the UK. Robotic surgery is the new generation of high-precision key-hole surgery which is widespread and well-established in the U.S., where outcome studies have shown quicker recovery and reduced morphine requirement and hospital stay.

Outside the NHS, Miss Farrugia runs private Prenatal Counselling and Paediatric Urology clinics in the Cromwell Hospital as well as at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

I treat all paediatric urological conditions and carry out prenatal counselling

for conditions diagnosed in pregnancy.  Common conditions include:

  • Prenatally-diagnosed hydronephrosis and other renal tract abnormalities in pregnancy
  • Foreskin problems
  • Undescended testes
  • Groin and scrotal swellings (hernias, hydroceoeles, varicocoeles, cysts)
  • Hypospadias and penile abnormalities
  • Labial hypertrophy and other female genital anomalies
  • Urinary tract infections/ cystitis
  • Urgency symptoms and wetting
  • Vesico-ureteric reflux
  • Urinary tract obstruction