Our treatments range from complex surgical procedures for patients with oral cancers, facial skin cancers, facial deformities and salivary gland disease, to the management of impacted and buried teeth and roots.
The Maxillofacial Team is a consultant-led team based in York. Visiting consultants carry out services at Harrogate District Hospital throughout the week.
We offer a wide range of services to investigate and treat diseases of the face, mouth, jaw, and neck. These include:
- Dental alveolar surgery
- Management of maxillofacial trauma
- Facial skin cancer surgery
- Orthognathic (dentofacial deformity) surgery
- Salivary gland surgery
- Intraoral cancer diagnosis
We are unable to offer routine dental surgery.
The Maxillofacial Department
Your first visit to the Maxillofacial Department will be for a consultation. We may need you to have an x-ray to help decide on a treatment plan.
Once you’ve been examined and surgery has been agreed as an appropriate method of treatment, a decision will be made regarding local or general anaesthetic. If the surgery will be carried out under local anaesthetic, the procedure can be done in the Department. If you require general anaesthetic, the surgery will take place either in the Day Surgery Unit at Harrogate District Hospital, or at York Hospital if you require an overnight stay.
This is a new service to Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust. Our Restorative Consultant, Mr Matt Gahan, sees patients referred due to a congenital or trauma-acquired defect which requires specialist skills and treatment to restore function and aesthetics. If accepted for treatment, the procedure will be carried out at York Hospital.
The Department is open from 8.30am-5pm, Monday-Friday (excluding Tuesday and Friday afternoons).
Harrogate District Hospital
We are on the ground floor corridor, past Therapy Services (follow the white line) on the right hand side. The sign indicates the Maxillofacial Orthodontics Department.
Patients are usually referred by their general dental practice. However, where appropriate, a doctor can make a referral. Patients may also be referred by the Emergency Department, the inpatient wards or other hospital departments.
Once a referral is received by the team, it will be allocated to the appropriate consultant who specialises in the particular condition.
Consultants: Mr Paul Whitfield, Mr Don Holt, and Mr Kanak Patel
Restorative Consultant: Mr Matt Gahan
Associate Specialist: Ms Rosalind Southee
Speciality Doctors: Mr Bernhard Palmer and Mr Alastair Campbell
Sister: Jess Rennison
Dental Nurse Specialist: Sue Combe
Dental Nurses: Melissa Pilling, Tom Harrison, and Emma Bolland
The British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons is a registered charity which promotes the development of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the British Isles.