Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) is a surgical speciality dealing with diseases and conditions of the face, mouth, neck and jaws, as well as structures related to those areas e.g. the salivary glands etc. Management of this region requires extensive knowledge of oral medicine and surgery, general medicine and maxillofacial pathology.
Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons are unique as they are dually qualified with both medical and dental degrees plus post-graduate qualifications in surgery. Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely trained to treat conditions such as head and neck cancer, facial disproportion or deformity, facial trauma, salivary gland disease, jaw joint disorders, facial skin cancers, facial aesthetics and all conditions affecting the mouth, teeth and jaws.
The L&D has eight Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons, including one Consultant Oral Surgeon and two Consultant Orthodontists working within a network covering Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and part of Buckinghamshire as well as Junior and Senior Doctors and Dentists in training. The L&D is the centre for OMFS covering in-patients and emergencies for Bedford Hospital, Milton Keynes Hospital, Lister Hospital in Stevenage and the QEII Hospital in Welwyn. All eight surgeons have sub-speciality interests and expertise, as well as managing general oral & maxillofacial conditions. All OMFS surgeons and oral surgeons treat complex dentoalevolar and oral medicine conditions.
E-RS referral only.
2 week wait in suspected cancer.
Clinics are available all day, Monday to Thursday and Friday mornings.
Although on the 19 July 2021 regulations around the use of facemasks / coverings and social distancing will change across the country, at Bedfordshire Hospitals all COVID infection prevention control measures currently in place will remain the same.
The Trust has decided it is currently not safe to lift all restrictions at our hospitals.
Everyone attending our sites will still be required to wear a facemask (unless medically exempt), adhere to social distancing and attend your appointments alone especially in our Emergency Departments and Outpatients (exclusions apply to our paediatric patients and those requiring carer support)
Visiting is now permitted on most of our adult inpatient wards in a controlled manner. Appointments need to be pre-booked with ward staff.
Full details about attending our hospitals and visiting is available here.