Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) service in East Lancashire

We provide a comprehensive Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery service for our local population of approximately 530,000. We are a six Consultant led service across two hospitals, and offer service to Bolton. We have 3 specialty training surgeons, more than 4 senior grade surgeons and 6 junior doctors, who work under the 6 Consultants.

  • We all undertake all routine oral surgery dentoalveolar procedures. We offer sub-specialty services in a number of areas:
  • Head and neck cancer including free tissue microvascular reconstruction and uniquely transoral robot assisted surgery (TORS)
  • Skin cancer and facial plastic surgery service places us in the top 4 OMFS units in the UK, offering skin cancer treatment to over 1000 patients per year
  • Facial reanimation and cosmetic related surgery for pathological deformities.
  • Orthognathic surgery including distraction osteogenesis. Joint planning with orthodontic specialists, and for obstructive sleep apnoea.
  • Maxillofacial laboratory with 3D model printing service and digital surgical planning.
  • Dental implants, oral and facial rehabilitation following cancer and trauma surgery
  • Facial trauma management
  • Full range of dentoalveolar surgery for adults and children

Excellent educational history, with trainees and students producing work leading to audit, presentations and publications. The unit participates in clinical trials and is developing several research strands, in particular, head and neck oncology.

How to access the service

GP or dentist referral; following emergency attendance to the hospital; internal referral between specialties; Acute referrals can be made to the On call doctor for Oral and Maxillofacial surgery 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  

Where to find us

Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital; main entrance, Level 2, Outpatient Dept

Burnley General Teaching Hospital; Casterton Avenue outpatients entrance, Area 1, Level 3, Outpatient dept

Service Lead

Mr CJ Johnston, Clinical Director for Head and Neck Surgery

Mr GCS Cousin, Clinical Lead for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Sister J Ryde, Ward Manager for Ward C22, Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Opening times

Ward inpatients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Outpatients Mon – Fri weekday working hours, closed weekends.

Additional information

Inpatient treatment on ward C22 at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital

Daycase surgery at both Blackburn and Burnley sites

Outpatient services at both Blackburn and Burnley sites