The University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) is conducting a review into the treatment given by one of its oral and maxillofacial consultants.

The surgeon, who has been suspended since February 2013, is being investigated after concerns were voiced by colleagues over the use of ‘new and unproven techniques’ and the failure to consider non-surgical options.

UHNS said 88 patients’ cases were currently being reviewed, 19 of whom may have “experienced harm as a result of unnecessary surgery” and 36 of whom should have been given other options before surgery was considered.

Joint head of the clinical negligence team at Thompsons Solicitors, Linda Millband, commented: “It is crucial that patients have confidence in the medical care and treatment that they are receiving, and it appears that these patients may have received unnecessary and/or unconventional surgery from someone in whom they placed their trust.

“At Thompsons, we work with victims of clinical negligence on a daily basis and fully understand the impact it can have on people’s lives.

“Knowing where you stand legally, even if you decide not to pursue a claim, can be hugely important psychologically and we are here to support anyone who is concerned about the treatment they received while at UHNS.”

Thompsons Solicitors has set up a free helpline on 0115 9897256 for those affected and is also urging people to contact the local hospital for appropriate medical advice.