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 and the Royal London Hospital.

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 multidisciplinary team at GOSH and Broomfield see and treat children from birth to 21 years as part of a package of care.

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

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 Nar, Nose and Throat)
  • Paediatrics
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Dental (Paediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Restorative Dentistry)
  • Audiology
  • Genetics
  • Psychology
  • Clinical nurse specialists