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Plastic Surgery

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 cancer related.

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 Tyneside.


'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital