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South Thames cleft service

Cleft lip and palate centre for the south east

Dad and daughter at the cleft service reception

We are the regional cleft lip and palate centre for the south east.

What is a cleft lip / palate?

A cleft is a gap or split in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate), or sometimes both. It occurs when separate areas of the face do not join together properly when a baby is developing during pregnancy.

About us

All children born with a cleft lip and/or palate in Surrey, Kent, Sussex and south London are referred to our service. This may be following a diagnosis of cleft lip made at the 20 week scan during pregnancy or after birth.

Within 24 hours of referral to our service, one of the specialist nurses will be in touch with the family to offer information, support and help.

Surgery to repair the baby's cleft is carried out at Evelina London. Outpatient clinics are held at St Thomas' Hospital and at our regional outreach clinics.

Take a tour around our cleft services

Have a look around our cleft and palate service at St Thomas' Hospital, using our virtual tours.


Tel: 020 7188 1321

Email: cleftservices@gstt.nhs.uk

How to find us

South Thames cleft service
1st floor, South Wing
St Thomas' Hospital
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH

Please follow signs to the South Wing and Block C. The cleft service is next to Medical Photography.

South Wing first floor map 

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