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Tongue tie clinic

What is tongue-tie?

Tongue-tie (also called ankyloglossia) is a problem affecting some babies with a tight piece of skin between the underside of their tongue and the floor of their mouth.

It can sometimes affect the baby's feeding, making it hard for them to attach properly to their mother's breast.

It can be treated by a quick procedure called tongue tie division. 

Evelina London tongue tie clinic

We provide a rapid access, surgeon-led service for babies under three months who require tongue tie division for successful breastfeeding. 

How do I get an appointment?

Your midwife or other health professional will refer you to our tongue-tie clinic. Our booking clerk will contact you and offer you an appointment.

How can I change or cancel my appointment?

To cancel or change your appointment, email gst-tr.evelinatonguetieclinic@nhs.net

Please tell us as soon as possible so we can offer the appointment to another patient.

Before your appointment

Please do not feed your baby two hours prior to your clinic visit.  

During your appointment

The clinic is led by a consultant surgeon, a midwife and a supporting nurse.

If a tongue-tie division is required and agreed upon, the procedure can be done on the day.

The midwife offers breastfeeding support after the procedure.

After your appointment

No follow up appointments should be necessary, however, if you have any further concerns please email gst-tr.evelinatonguetieclinic@nhs.net.

If you need further breastfeeding support, please speak to your health visitor or midwife.

Referrals to the tongue tie clinic

Midwives and breastfeeding advisers refer to the service.

The following exclusion criteria applies:

  • infants older the three months
  • symptoms other than feeding difficulties
  • no desire to breast feed.

Contacts

Tel: 020 7188 4695

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