Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck. OMF surgery is unique in requiring a dual qualification in medicine and dentistry, and is often seen as the bridge between medicine and dentistry, treating conditions that require expertise from both backgrounds. We are a team of nine consultants.

We are a well-established service serving the local population of East -Lancashire and Bolton

We all undertake all routine oral surgery dentoalveolar procedures including impacted teeth, complex extractions and cysts/lesions of the jaws for adults and children.

We see patients for oral medicine conditions relating to the mouth and jaws including benign lumps, white patches, mouth ulcers, facial pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

We offer face to face or telephone consultations. For patients who need urgent referrals, we have a policy to see them within two weeks.

We offer sub-specialty services in a number of areas:

  • Facial skin cancer and reconstruction.
    We offer skin cancer treatment to over 1000 patients per year
  • Head and neck cancer
    Including complex free tissue micro-vascular reconstruction
  • Trans Oral Robot-assisted Surgery (TORS)
  • Orthognathic surgery for patients with facial deformity and for obstructive sleep apnoea.
    We have joint planning with the three Consultant Orthodontists at ELHT.
  • Facial trauma management for adults and children above two years.
  • Salivary gland diseases
  • Oral and facial rehabilitation following cancer and trauma surgery.
    We have joint planning with the Consultant Restorative Dentist at ELHT.
  • Maxillofacial laboratory with 3D model printing service and digital surgical planning.
  • Management of severe infections related to the head and neck.

The unit participates in clinical trials and is developing several research strands in all aspects of the service. The unit is part of the National for Quality Outcomes for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and several other national research projects, including head and neck cancer, skin cancer and robotic surgery. We are an innovative and dynamic team always looking for new methods and technology to help treat the population of East Lancashire and Bolton with their face and mouth conditions.

We have a strong emphasis on teaching and have close links with several universities including UCLAN Medical School, Lancaster Medical School, University of Leeds, and University of Manchester. Both dental and medical students have regular placements in our department participating in audit and research.

How to access the service

  • GP or dentist referral
  • Following emergency attendance to the hospital
  • Internal referral between specialtie
  • Acute referrals can be made to the on-call doctor for Oral and Maxillofacial surgery 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Where to find us

Outpatient services are provided at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, Level 2, and Burnley General Teaching Hospital, Fairhurst Building.

Minor operations under local anaesthetic are performed in the outpatient department at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital.

Day case surgery is carried out at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Burnley General Teaching Hospital

Inpatient services are located at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Children services are found at Burnley General Teaching Hospital (Day Case) and Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital (Inpatient)

Patients with acute urgent conditions are initially seen in the Surgical Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit (SAECU) at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Service Lead

Mr GCS Cousin, Clinical Director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Sister J Ryde, Ward Manager for Ward B14, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Opening times

Ward inpatients and acute patients
24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Outpatients
Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm (closed weekends)

Key staff

Mr Gary Cousin – Consultant OMFS – Clinical Departmental Lead and Facial Deformity Surgeon

 

Mr Ken McAlister- Consultant OMFS - Clinical Lead for Head and Neck Skin Cancer Surgery

 

Mr Colin Johnston - Consultant OMFS – Specialist in Head and Neck Skin Cancer Surgery

 

Mr Jeet Rao - Consultant OMFS – Specialist in Head and Neck Skin Cancer and Temporal Mandibular Joint Surgery

 

Miss Naseem Ghazali - Consultant OMF Surgeon- Specialist in Head and Neck Cancer and Robotic Surgery

 

Mr Geoff Chiu - Consultant OMFS – Specialist in Facial Deformity Surgery

 

Miss Raheela Rafiq - Specialist in Head and Neck Skin Cancer Surgery

 

Mr Panayiotis Kyzas- Consultant OMF Surgeon- Specialist in Head and Neck Cancer and complex reconstructive Surgery

 

Mr Leandros Vassiliou - Consultant OMF Surgeon- Specialist in Head and Neck Cancer and complex reconstructive Surgery

 

Angela DiVito – Lead Sister for ENT, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) and Urology

 

Anne Loughney – OMFS Department Sister for Outpatients

 

Amanda Marsden- OMFS Department Sister for Outpatients

 

Gwen Ridditch – Advanced Nurse Practitioner for Head and Neck Skin Cancer Surgery