The plastic surgeons perform daily morning ward rounds; the team of twelve consultants are supported by a team of eight junior doctors, eight registrars, and clinical nurse specialists in plastic surgery, complex and chronic wounds, and skin cancer.
Most of our clinics and surgery take place in the Treatment and Diagnostics Centre (TDC). A lot of plastic surgery is done as a day case, which means you will be asked to attend in the morning or early afternoon, and go home the same day. Our surgeons work closely with a team of consultant anaesthetists to plan safe and effective anaesthesia for our patients including general anaesthetics; regional blocks, where just part of a body – commonly an arm – is made to feel numb; and local anaesthetics.
The Burns Centre is a modern, purpose-built comprising 12 beds, including two intensive care rooms and two high dependency rooms. The Burns Centre also has its own operating suite available on 24-hour hours a day for emergency admissions. It is staffed by specialist burns nurses who have expertise in the management and nursing care of burn wounds, ranging from very small to very large wounds. The Centre is led by a team of five consultant burn surgeons who collaborate with consultants from the neighbouring intensive care unit, and who are supported by a dedicated junior doctor, registrar, and Northern Burn Care Network Burns Fellow.
For children, the Starlight ward F8 provides beds for inpatients and for day case surgery, which includes emergency surgery, surgery for congenital hand differences, and other planned procedures such as correction of prominent ears and removal of skin lesions. Sometimes children with complex health needs are transferred to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, so they can be in the same place as the specialists who are familiar with their care.
Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
The central site for children needing burns and plastics treatment is at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on the campus of Manchester Royal Infirmary in the city centre. The hospital has a dedicated paediatric burns unit, and patients undergoing plastic surgery are cared for by specially trained children’s nurses. Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital offers clinics for children with healing wounds at the Burns and Plastics Aftercare Clinic, for routine consultations and pre and post-operative appointments, and for long term follow-up after burn injury. Also on site is the Manchester Cleft Lip and Palate Centre, where the team of surgeons, orthodontists, speech therapists, psychologists and cleft nurses provide all care for children and adults with cleft lip and palate. Craniofacial surgery is currently managed out of our region, in Liverpool.
Withington Community Hospital
Some of our consultant surgeons also perform minor operations at Withington Community Hospital for removal of skin lesions under local anaesthetic. If you would be interested in having your operation at Withington instead of Wythenshawe, please let your consultant plastic surgeon know, as this may be possible in some cases.
In order to make the services provided by Manchester Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns as accessible as possible for patients, many of our consultants hold clinics and perform specialist surgery at other hospitals. Patients seen at their local hospital who have more complex problems needing use of our specialist surgical equipment will be admitted to MFT for surgery, however aftercare clinic follow up will usually be offered at the site most convenient for the patient.
We have clinics at the following sites (those marked with an asterisk also offer surgery)
- Manchester Royal Infirmary
- Rochdale Infirmary*
- Royal Bolton Hospital*
- Royal Oldham Hospital*
- Salford Royal Hospital*
- Tameside General Hospital
- Macclesfield District General Hospital