Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Working together to provide the best treatment and care for you
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a surgical specialty which deals with the reconstruction of facial and body tissue that requires reshaping or remoulding. The need for reconstructive surgery can be due to a condition which has been present from birth, or as a result of an accident, disease or ageing.
Staff are getting into the spirit to fundraise as part of the first International Facial Palsy Awareness Week (1 to 7 March).
Men wearing half beards and women wearing half face make-up have been spotted throughout the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department in early March.
Around 100,000 people in the UK are affected by facial palsy. It is important to diagnose the cause of the palsy and to get specialist treatment at an early stage. There are many causes of facial palsy and the aim of the week is to raise the profile and increase public and healthcare professionals' awareness of facial palsy. To do this, men are being asked to go to work with half a beard and moustache, and women to wear half-face makeup. This is because facial palsy usually affects half the face.
You can find out more about Facial Palsy Awareness Week on the Facial Palsy UK website.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and is one of the largest and most highly respected units of its kind in the UK. The service is run by a multi-disciplinary team of experienced healthcare specialists, including nationally and internationally recognised experts in their fields and we combine medical expertise with an innovative approach to new technologies and clinical care.
In addition to our elective services we run a very busy emergency service treating for patients from around the region who require urgent attention.
Our consultants work alongside our dedicated team of staff including junior medical staff, trained nurses, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech and language therapists, dieticians, medical photographers, and other support staff.
Internationally renowned centre pioneering care and treatment
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is a surgical specialty which deals with the reconstruction of facial and body tissue that requires reshaping or remoulding. The need for reconstructive surgery can be due to a condition which has been present from birth, or acquired as a result of trauma, disease, degeneration or ageing.
Our clinicians use leading edge clinical practice and techniques for the medical and surgical treatment of a wide range of conditions, and our service portfolio includes:
Care closer to your home
In order to provide a service closer to the homes of our patients - one that is more convenient - we do offer some clinics at venues other than the RVI. We provide a Plastic Surgery service for patients in Cumbria, and also run clinics at venues around Newcastle.
We currently provide Plastic Surgery clinics at the following locations;
- Ponteland Road
- Cumberland Infirmary
- West Cumberland Infirmary
All of these clinics are bookable through Choose and Book at your GP.
North of England's major treatment centre for adults and children
A major treatment centre for both adults and children, we have a first-class track record in providing general plastic surgery treatments, as well as a wide range of highly specialised and cutting-edge services. These include emergency trauma reconstruction surgery, complicated hand surgery and correction of scar tissue which may arise from treatments given for complex conditions such as skin lesions, and head and neck cancer.
We provide the highly-respected Regional Burns Centre here in Newcastle, and are the sole provider of Cleft Lip and Palate services for the North East. Similarly, we are the only local NHS provider offering the full range of breast reconstruction surgery.
We treat and care for over 8,000 inpatients and 42,000 outpatients every year and our patients typically come from anywhere in the North East of England and Cumbria. However we do treat many patients who travel here from much farther afield across the UK and from abroad.
Specialist care where and when you need it
Wherever you come from and whatever your condition, we are dedicated to giving a friendly, high quality and safe service to each and every patient who chooses to come to us.