Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (GP information)


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.

Referral Process

E-RS referral only.

2 week wait in suspected cancer.

Procedures Provided

  • Complex oral surgical procedures/ dentoalveolar surgery under local or general anaesthetics
  • Surgical repair of fractures of facial bones and facial laceratons
  • Management of acute cervico-facial infections
  • Orthognathic surgery on patients with facial disproportion, managed in conjunction with consultant orthodontist
  • Diagnosis and surgical treatment of mouth cancers, including complex facial reconstructions, as part of head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team
  • Surgery of the temporomandibular joints
  • Salivary gland surgery, including minimally invasive sialoendoscopic procedures
  • Surgical treatment of facial skin malignancies and reconstructions
  • Oral rehabilitation and placement of dental implants in patients after mouth cancer surgery
  • Oral medicine/ oral mucosal diseases


Clinics are available all day, Monday to Thursday and Friday mornings.

Patient Information Leaflets

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Bedford Hospital

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

MrRobertBunyan Consultant, Clinical Director
MrAlanParbhoo Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

MrRobertBunyan Consultant, Clinical Director
MrTahirMirza Consultant
MrArunMajumdar Consultant
MrDerek Von Arx Consultant
Mr KonstantinosKaravidas Consultant
MrAndrewCamilleri Consultant

Useful Contacts

Bedford Hospital
General Manager Sue Plummer
Clinical Director Mr Robert Bunyan
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
General Manager Sue Plummer
Sister in charge: Karen Chan
01582 718061
Clinical Director: Mr Derek Von Arx
Clinical Director Mr Robert Bunyan
Outpatients booking department: 01582 561385
PALS (for patient specific enquiries) 01582 491 166
Switchboard 01582 491166
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