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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Craniofacial

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About us

Oxford Craniofacial Unit is one of four highly specialised craniofacial units in the UK, and one of the busiest in the world, undertaking approximately 80 transcranial procedures and seeing over 1200 outpatients each year.

It is designated by the 'Rare diseases' section of the Department of Health and NHS England, as one of the 'highly specialised services', and so receives specific funding allocation.

We treat both children and adults with congenital and acquired craniofacial abnormalities.

The largest group of patients we care for is children with craniosynostosis.

Craniosynostosis - www.nhs.uk

The treatment of this condition is primarily surgical, but the overall management is multidisciplinary.

Our large multidisciplinary team (MDT) meets monthly and includes:

  • plastic surgery
  • neurosurgery
  • maxillofacial surgery
  • ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • paediatric anaesthesia
  • neuroradiology
  • orthodontics
  • speech and language therapy
  • clinical psychology
  • ophthalmology
  • orthoptics
  • clinical genetics.

Our team

Oxford Craniofacial Unit team

Clinics

We have weekly MDT clinics for craniosynostosis patients and a weekly MDT radiology meeting where all radiographs are discussed.

We have a monthly MDT clinic for patients who need orthodontic and maxillofacial treatment, and a weekly non-MDT craniofacial clinic. All clinics are led alternately by Mr Johnson, Mr Thomas and Mr Wall.

Weekly activity on the Craniofacial Unit

Monday

8.30am - 6.30pm Operating Theatre

Tuesday

  • Morning: Craniofacial MDT Clinic (4 in 4 weeks)
  • Afternoon: Craniofacial MDT Clinic (2 in 4 weeks)
  • Preoperative work-up of patients for a major procedure on Thursday

Wednesday

  • Morning: Radiology Review (4 in 4 weeks)
  • Morning: Skull Base Clinic (2 in 4 weeks)
  • Afternoon: Consenting patients for Thursday
  • Preoperative work-up of patients for a major procedure on Thursday

Thursday

  • 8.30am - 6.30pm Operating Theatre
  • Preoperative work-up of patients for a major procedure on Monday

Friday

  • Morning: Plastics Clinic (3 in 4 weeks)
  • Morning: CMFOS Clinic (1 in 4 weeks)
  • Afternoon: Consenting patients for Monday
  • Preoperative work-up of patients for a major procedure on Monday

Research

Oxford Craniofacial Unit is fully integrated with Professor Andrew Wilkie's University of Oxford research laboratory, which is world-leading in the molecular genetics of craniosynostosis.

Professor Andrew Wilkie - www.rdm.ox.ac.uk

Children's Craniofacial Surgery - BBC2 documentary series

In May 2011 three documentary programmes in a series called 'Children's Craniofacial Surgery' aired on BBC2. The series was made by Landmark Films and followed a number of patients during their surgery and treatment.

You can watch all three episodes on www.vimeo.com via the links below: the password is 'greenwood'.

Please note: these films work best if you press play and then press pause and leave them time for the grey bar to advance across the timeline at the bottom - a few minutes, depending on your internet speed.