Plastic surgery is a regional sub-specialty service based at
University Hospital of North Durham and serves a population of 1.6
million people in the Durham, Gateshead, Sunderland, South
Tyneside and Darlington areas.
The greatest percentage of the plastics work is emergency and
The conditions treated are many and include: removal of skin and
soft tissue, tumours repair and reconstruction of all soft tissue
trauma including nerve tendon and vessel injury, breast
reconstruction following mastectomy, repair of complex hand
injuries & correction of congenital abnormalities
Emergency and planned inpatient operations are carried out at
University Hospital North Durham alongside outpatient clinics in
Durham, Darlington, Sunderland, Gateshead and South
There are currently six consultant plastic surgeons in post
supported by junior doctors and a clinical assistant.
The Directorate also employs a Skin Cancer Nurse Specialist
whose role is to co-ordinate the care of skin cancer patients who
require plastic surgery intervention. There is a nurse-led dressing
clinic at UHND.
Clinics also carried out at Queen Elizabeth Gateshead.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community