Help raise £200,000+ towards a Facial Surgery and Orthodontic Unit

The Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Unit at the Royal United Hospitals Bath is often seen as the bridge between medicine and dentistry. It provides diagnosis and management of facial skin cancer, malignant disease of the jaw and mouth, traumatic facial injuries, infections of deep spaces of the head and neck, facial deformity, salivary gland pathology, facial pain, oral surgery, oral pathology and orthodontics.

The department is unique compared with other district general hospitals as the RUH offers specialist paediatric dentistry and orthodontics assessments on the same day – providing an extra level of care and convenience for children and their families.

Did you know?

Around 9,900 patients are treated in this department each year.

×Interested in coming along to a Facial Surgery & Orthodontics Tour Evening? Register your interest here

A new Centre of Excellence for conditions of the head and neck

The RUH is relocating the Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Unit to make way for the new Cancer Centre, which is due for completion in 2021. This move is an opportunity for the RUH to create a new improved facility which will provide a ‘Centre of Excellence’ for conditions of the head and neck, including cancer, in a new purpose designed environment. Building work will commence later in 2018 and the department will be relocated in its new facility by early 2019.

The new Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Unit will be a state-of-the-art facility which will enable the clinicians to take a holistic approach to medical care.

Staff will be able to work closely with their colleagues in the pioneering new Cancer Centre and its innovative wellbeing information and support hub to deliver the best treatment and care possible to our patients, their families and staff.

The relocation of the department will ensure that the Maxillofacial (head and neck) surgeons can work seamlessly alongside specialists in other fields – such as ear, nose and throat surgeons, clinical oncologists, restorative dentists, and radiologists.

The use of natural light, colours and art in the new Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Unit will help improve patient wellbeing. By incorporating elements that have a tangible effect on healing and providing increased privacy, this improved environment will help patients feel calm at a stressful time when facing disease or injury that can be extraordinarily challenging.

Why we need your help

The new Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Unit will cost £2.7m and it will be an approximate 90/10% partnership between the NHS and charitable funding sources.  Therefore, the RUH has asked its fundraising charity, The Forever Friends Appeal to raise a minimum of £200,000 towards this total to enhance what the NHS can provide and improve the clinical vision and patient care at the hospital.

How you can find out more about this Special Appeal

We are offering tours of the current facilities and a chance to talk to members of our clinical team, to book a place please call 01225 825691 or visit our website.

There are many ways people can support this Special Appeal

  • Make a donation online today on our website
  • Set up a monthly direct debit from your bank account
  • Take part in one of our fundraising events and pledge your sponsorship to this Special Appeal
  • Fundraise at your place of work or donate through payroll giving
  • Leave a gift in your Will

Patient Story – Marlene Gallop

Marlene is currently undergoing treatment in the Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Unit. She says the compassion from staff has helped her through some difficult times and she understands more than most, how the surroundings in a hospital can have an impact on patient wellbeing. Marlene is keen to lend her voice to this Appeal. Here’s her story:

“Twenty years ago, I had a benign tumour removed from my jaw by specialist surgeons at the RUH. After surgery, I was given a course of radiotherapy to destroy any remaining cancer cells.

“Some years later, when I visited my dentist to have a tooth removed, he referred me back to the Facial Surgery and Orthodontics Unit. The radiotherapy treatment had sadly made my jaw bone fragile and my dentist wasn’t confident that he could remove a tooth without causing a problem.

“During my appointment at the hospital, I mentioned that I was suffering from a sore inside my mouth and a biopsy was taken. It was confirmed that the cancer had returned, so I then had a number of consultations, surgeries and treatments at both the RUH in Bath and the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI). Despite excellent treatment at the BRI, I much prefer coming to Bath as I know and enjoy the company of the staff. I was pleased to find out I could receive the radiotherapy at the RUH as I know it can be an unpleasant experience, but I’m surrounded by staff who I know and trust.”