Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

North Bristol NHS Trust is a regional centre of excellence in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

The service at Southmead Hospital Bristol is one of the largest in England providing a highly specialised team experienced in the most complex cases.

Its core specialities are:

  • Burns
  • Hand surgery
  • Lower limb
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Skin cancer
  • Soft tissue sarcoma
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Bristol Laser Centre
  • Cleft lip and palate

The co-location of regional specialties of neurosurgery and orthopaedics alongside plastics makes Southmead Hospital Bristol a key centre for trauma with access to experts in complex cases.

Patient care is a focus for the department with five clinical nurse specialists offering support for patients following surgery as well as a rehabilitation programme.

The core team of 52 clinical staff includes a clinical psychologist for patients with disfigurement through the Outlook service as well as speech and language therapists.

The service sees around 8,500 inpatients a year and 37,000 outpatients from across the region.

It carries out more than 150 micro-vascular reconstructions a year.

The Skin Cancer Centre provides an integrated service under the same roof, providing high quality care to more than 2,000 patients a year.