Plastic Surgery

Plastic and reconstructive surgery is a branch of surgery that specialises in the restoration of appearance and function. The specialty covers both sexes and all age groups. It deals with a range of conditions, both congenital and acquired, that require replacement or reconstruction of missing or diseased body tissues.

The Plastic Surgery Service at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust treats a range of different conditions. These include:

  • Skin lesions
  • Skin cancers
  • Paediatric plastic surgery
  • Scar management
  • Complex wound management
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Body contouring following bariatric surgery

Conditions that are deemed to be potentially cosmetic in nature require approval from the Individual Funding Panel prior to referral. Please speak to your GP for more information.

If an operation is required as part of the treatment, it will usually be performed locally at Harrogate District Hospital. Occasionally, some plastic surgery operations need to be carried out at York Hospital.

Plastic surgery clinic

Our Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Mr Thomas Macleod, runs a weekly plastic surgery clinic on Friday mornings. This clinic is held at Harrogate District Hospital.


The main base for this service is Harrogate District Hospital.


Referrals to this service are usually made by GPs.

Key staff

Secretary to Mr Macleod: Lucy Burdett

Useful links

The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons aims to raise awareness of the breadth of plastic surgery, to promote innovation in teaching, learning and research and to increase overall understanding of the profession.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons was established for the advancement of education and safety in aesthetic surgery.

Changing Faces is a charity for people and families who are living with conditions, marks or scars that affect their appearance. It aims to support individuals to live full and satisfying lives and to transform public attitudes.