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.
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.