The Wellington Regional Plastic, Maxillofacial & Burns Unit is a specialist plastics unit within medium-sized Hutt Hospital, located on the outskirts of Wellington. The unit currently serves the population of a million people in the wider geographical region of the lower North Island (six central region DHBs) and the top of the South Island (Nelson-Marlborough DHB). The main role of this unit is to provide high quality clinical care and training.
Established in 1952, the Wellington Regional Plastic, Maxillofacial & Burns Unit at Hutt Hospital sees over 12,000 patients each year. The unit employs eight plastic surgeons and three oral surgeons, all of whom are consultants, with supporting staff in nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and administration. The unit provides both general and subspecialties plastic surgery services, including; burns surgery, Cleft Lip and palate surgery, breast reconstruction and Oculoplastic Surgery. It also provides supra-regional services including treatment of Vascular Birthmarks, Laser Surgery, and Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. Surgeons in the unit have a longstanding collaborative relationship with members of the medical and dental disciplines throughout the region, so students are likely to receive a thorough grounding if taking an elective at this unit within Hutt Hospital.
The Unit has a major teaching role within New Zealand, Australia and internationally. It offers a clinical Fellowship, a Cranio-Maxillofacial Fellowship, and several training posts in plastic surgery. The Unit currently supervises students from Otago and Victoria Universities.
To read the story behind one of the life-altering surgeries performed at this unit, click here.
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