Cleft Lip and Palate Service
This regional service provides and co-ordinates
care for all people born with a cleft lip and/or palate in Greater
Manchester, Lancashire, south Cumbria and north east Cheshire.
Outpatient services are provided at Manchester Dental Hospital and
inpatient care takes place at a number of hospitals but primarily
at Booth Hall Children's Hospital.
The service is provided by a multi-disciplinary
team of plastic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, health
visitors, orthodontists, speech and language therapists,
audiologists, children's dentists, restorative dentists,
psychologist, geneticist and medical and dental nurses. A dedicated
administrative team supports the service.
Newborn babies with clefts are referred
directly by maternity units. The service then co-ordinates care for
the child as it grows and people remain with the cleft service
until they reach young adulthood.
The service also sees children without a cleft
but who have other problems with their palate. We also see adults
with clefts who are having continuing problems or who wish to
improve their appearance.