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.
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.