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Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery manages a comprehensive range of conditions involving congenital deformity, cancer and injury-related deformity and loss of function, as well as diverse problems such as facial paralysis and pressure sore surgery.

It does not manage large burn injuries.

Much of the more complex work is carried out in partnership with other specialties. Several very specialised services are managed by the team, two of which are particularly specialised and are part of nationally designated and commissioned networks.

The craniofacial service: one of four national designated centres specialising in the reconstruction of facial and cranial structure as a result of congenital defects.

The cleft lip and palate service: this operates in partnership with Salisbury as the Spires Cleft Centre. It is one of the small number of nationally designated cleft lip and palate surgery centres.

Plastic surgeons also reconstruct virtually every region of the body (excluding internal organs), and often work very closely with orthopaedic, breast, vascular, ear, nose and throat (ENT) and maxillofacial surgeons. For information on our service at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, please see Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

Plastic surgery is often believed to be the same as cosmetic surgery. The underlying principles and skills are the same, but the work undertaken in the NHS by plastic and reconstructive surgeons differs from that undertaken in the private sector, where many of the cases are for cosmetic reasons.

Find us and contact us

All Plastic Surgery facilities are in the West Wing of the John Radcliffe Hospital.

West Wing
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way
Oxford OX3 9DU

Key contact numbers

Plastic Surgery

Outpatients / surgery and pre-operative assessment / secretaries and general enquiries:

Tel: 01865 231065

Specialist Surgery Inpatient Ward (SSIP)

Tel: 01865 221917 Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm

Out of hours via Switchboard 0300 304 7777 Bleep SSIP Ward Coordinator 6521

  • Beds 14-19: 01865 221931
  • Beds 20,21,33,34: 01865 234684
  • Beds 23-32: 01865 231233

Neurosciences / Specialist Surgery Paediatric Inpatients

Level 1, Children's Hospital: 01865 231254 / 231255

Consultants' secretaries

To contact all secretaries please call: 01865 231065

  • Ms Lucy Cogswell and Mr Peter Kalu
    Zoe Warmington
  • Mr Paul Critchley
    Jorden Huish
  • Ms Sarah Tucker, Ms Sara Atkins, Mr Michael Lamyman and Mr Greg Thomas
    Irrum Idris
  • Mr Titus Adams and Ms Nikki Petrie
    Rachel Dunn
  • Mr Henk Giele, Mr Guy Thorburn and Mr Marc Swan
    Natasa Bestova
  • Mr Andrew Pay, Mr Jeremy Birch
    Debbie Bridges
Last reviewed:02 November 2023