Refer a patient to the 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 150170 new babies per year born with a cleft lip and/or palate.

How to refer a patient 

Outpatient appointments

As a tertiary service, all children must be referred via local hospital consultants, community paediatricians or, in some circumstances, via a GP. The Cleft, Lip & Palate Service accepts antenatal referrals, and referrals from secondary hospitals. Following birth, one of our clinical nurse specialists will pay a maternity hospital visit to the baby within 24 hours followed by regular phone contact.

All referrals need to have the referring consultant and address, addresses and contact numbers for the baby’s parents and GP details.

Antenatal referrals

Contact Clinical Nurse Specialists by telephone and fax as soon as possible after diagnosis.
GOSH (London) - Tel: 020 7813 8439 (voicemail available) 
St Andrew's (Essex & Hertfordshire) – Tel: 01245 516 029 
A nurse will then make contact with the family to arrange an appointment.

New baby referrals

Contact Clinical Nurse Specialists immediately by telephone.
GOSH - 020 7813 8439
St Andrew's (Essex) - 01245 516 029

Inter Hospital Transfer

Please contact the Cleft Lip and Palate department directly on telephone number 020 7813 8439. If the transfer is an emergency (patients that need life or limb saving treatment at GOSH within a few hours), or urgent (patients that need transfer to GOSH but not in the emergency category).

How to get advice

Martina Drozd

Cleft Coordinator
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
Great Ormond Street
020 7813 8242/020 7829 7922

Broomfield Site:
Karen Wilson
Cleft Coordinator
St Andrews Centre
Broomfield Hospital
01245 516 201

Key staff

  • Mr Loshan Kangesu, Divisional Director & Consultant Plastic Surgeon

  • Mr Paul Morris, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

  • Mr Guy Thorburn, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

  • Mr Peter Ayliffe, Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeon

  • Ms Lesley Cochrane, Consultant ENT Surgeon

  • Mr Norman Hay, Consultant Orthodontic Surgeon

  • Mr Brijesh Patel, Consultant Orthodontic Surgeon

  • Dr. Raouf Chorbachi, Consultant Audiologist

  • Dr Jane Valente, Consultant Paediatrician, Divisional Chair and Divisional Director of the Barrie Division

  • Dr Imke Meyer-Parsonson, Consultant Paediatrician

  • Julie Hughes, Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Melanie Lindup, Clinical Nurse Specialist

  • Jill Bailey, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Broomfield)
  • Ms Marie Pinkstone, Speech and Language Therapist

  • Ms Alex Forsyth, Dysphagic Speech and Language Therapist

  • Ms Nivrithi Behari, Speech and Language Therapist

  • Ms Lauren Rost-Wood, Speech and Language Therapist

  • Ms Anne Mayne, Speech and Language Therapist (Broomfield)

  • Ms Natalie Pancewics, Speech and Language Therapist (Broomfield)

  • Miss Carol Mason, Consultant Dentist

  • Dr. Melissa Lees, Consultant

  • Dr. Daniela Hearst, Clinical Psychologist

  • Dr Lotte Williams, Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr Emma Piepenstock, Clinical Psychologist
  • Dr. Elizabeth McDowell, Clinical Psychologist

  • Johnny Volcano, Photographer

  • Sarah Metson, Operational Manager

Services and facilities

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 GOSH multidisciplinary team will see and treat 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.

The service has a well developed multidisciplinary model with a wide range of different disciplines and professionals having a significant service commitment.

  • Surgery (Plastics, Maxillofacial and Ear, Nose & Throat)

  • Paediatrics

  • Speech and Language Therapy

  • Orthodontics

  • Paediatric Dentists

  • Audiology

  • Genetics

  • Psychology

  • Nurse Specialists

Feedback and suggestions

Cleft & Plastics Secretary

Great Ormond Street Hospital
London WC1N 3JH
Phone: 020 7762 6970 (extension: 7922)