Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Treatments and specialties

The Maxillofacial Unit offers a wide range of treatments across all its specialties.

  • Oral surgery of all types – complex extractions (referral managed), jaw cysts, biopsies, pre-prosthetic surgery, apical surgery
  • Oral medicine referrals – all forms of oral mucosal disease
  • Head & neck pain diagnosis and treatment including TMJ disorders (jaw joint)
  • 2 week rule for head and neck cancer
  • Complex surgical dermatology cases (secondary and tertiary referral cases)
  • Rapid access temporal artery biopsy service for GPs and hospital services
  • Facial trauma, including facial fractures and soft tissue injury
  • Thyroid & parathyroid surgery, MDT, one-stop service being developed
  • Lymph node biopsy service for haematological malignancy
  • Surgical airway service, including emergency airway
  • Surgical management of dental/facio-cervical abscesses
  • Facial deformity surgery (also known as orthognathic surgery) for growth disorders of facial skeleton
  • Complex orthodontics
  • Complex restorative dentistry
  • Salivary gland surgery
  • Botox service for drooling (neurological & palliative care patients)
  • Mucosal harvest for urological reconstruction service
  • 24-7 on-call service for facial/head & neck/dental trauma
  • Paediatric head and neck surgery service

We work at Worthing, St Richard’s and Southlands hospitals and have one surgeon doing sessions at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, for major head & neck cancer cases.


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