Ninety-two consecutive infants aged up to 12 months underwent primary inguinal herniotomy over a 5-year period. All were treated in a district hospital paediatric surgical unit according to recommendations of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons. After a mean follow-up of 45.8 months, one patient had a failed repair and four (4 per cent) a hernia recurrence. One infant developed a wound infection. Infantile hernia can be managed safely and efficiently in a district hospital.