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Oxford Facial Palsy Clinic

Oxford Facial Palsy Clinic treats both children and adults with congenital and acquired facial palsy.

The largest group of patients we care for is people with Bell's Palsy.

Bell's Palsy - the NHS website

The overall management of this condition is multidisciplinary. Our multidisciplinary team (MDT) meets monthly and includes:

  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Oculoplastic and Ophthalmic Surgery
  • Facial Rehabilitation Specialist
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Specialist NF2 Nurses.

Our team

  • Mr David Johnson (Clinical Lead)
  • Mr Jonathan Norris
  • Ms Sarah Kilcoyne
  • Dr Matthew Hotton

In Oxford, surgical procedures are performed by a plastic surgeon and an oculoplastic surgeon:

  • Mr David Johnson
  • Mr Jonathan Norris

Facial rehabilitation is provided by:

Ms Sarah Kilcoyne

Clinical psychology is provided by:

Dr Matthew Hotton

Dr Matthew Hotton is a Clinical Psychologist who is carrying out research into the effectiveness of self-guided psychological interventions for people with facial palsy. This research is funded by the VTCT Foundation.

Clinics

We have monthly MDT clinics for patients with facial palsy. Separate facial rehabilitation, botox, plastic surgery and oculoplastic clinics are run weekly.

Facial exercise videos

Adults' facial exercise video

These exercise videos are for adults who have facial weakness. You should only do the exercises in this video after you have been assessed by a Facial Rehabilitation Specialist. Your specialist will advise you about which of these exercises you should be doing.

Do not do any of the exercises or techniques unless they have been demonstrated or recommended, as they may do more harm than good.

[Video pending]

Children's facial exercise video

This exercise video is for children who have facial weakness. You should only do the exercises in this video after you have been assessed by a Facial Rehabilitation Specialist. Your specialist will advise you about which of these exercises your child should be doing.

Your child should not do any of the exercises or techniques unless they have been demonstrated or recommended, as they may do more harm than good.

Before you start the exercise programme, download the Know My Face Game and the Emotions Game so that you can play along at home.

Leaflet

Communicating with a child with facial palsy (pdf)

Find us and contact us

Oxford Facial Palsy Clinic is in the Plastics Outpatient Department.

Oxford Facial Palsy Clinic
Level LG1, West Wing
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headington
Oxford OX3 9DU

Tel: 01865 231085

Referrals

Email: judith.wood1@nhs.net

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