About the North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service

Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) hosts the North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service jointly with Broomfield Hospital in Essex.

The service is the largest in the UK and the team works across both sites providing treatment to an average of 150–170 new babies per year born with a cleft lip and/or palate.

The service also treats adults with clefts of the lip and palate from all over the North Thames region in Broomfield Hospital. This includes North London, Essex and South and West Hertfordshire.

The multidisciplinary team at GOSH sees and treats children from birth to 21 years as part of a package of care.

We also see children with complex and multiple disorders associated with cleft lip and palate. Furthermore we manage non cleft patients with speech disorders due to palatal dysfunction.

Services and facilities available

The service has a well developed multidisciplinary model with a wide range of different disciplines and professionals including:

  • surgery (plastics, maxillofacial and ear, nose and throat)

  • paediatrics

  • speech and language therapy

  • orthodontics

  • paediatric dentists

  • audiology

  • genetics

  • psychology

  • nurse specialists