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 150–170 new babies per year born with a cleft lip and/or palate.
How to refer a patient
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.
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
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
Great Ormond Street
020 7813 8242/020 7829 7922
St Andrews Centre
01245 516 201
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)
Speech and Language Therapy
Feedback and suggestions
Cleft & Plastics Secretary
Great Ormond Street Hospital
London WC1N 3JH
Phone: 020 7762 6970 (extension: 7922)