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North Thames Cleft Lip and Palate Service 

This is a joint service run by Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and the St Andrew’s Centre, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, treating children and adults with clefts of the lip and palate from all over the North Thames region.  This includes patients from North London, Essex and South and West Hertfordshire.

Contact Details

North Thames Cleft Centre
St Andrew’s Centre
Broomfield Hospital
Court Road

Clinic appointments: 01245 516201

Cleft Team Secretary: 01245 516120

Clinical Nurse Specialists: 01245 516029

Speech & Language Therapists: 01245 516020

Dental Nurse: 01245 516012

Inpatient Admission Officer: 01245 513635 option 2

Email: Mie-tr.midessexcleftservice@nhs.net

How to refer a patient

New babies with cleft

1. Please contact our Clinical Nurse Specialists immediately after birth on: 01245 516029.

Please leave a voicemail if no answer at any time of the day.

See referral document, cleft protocol, RCPCH leaflet and feeding guides below. 

Referral document  |  Cleft protocol  |  RCPCH leaflet  |  Feeding guides  |   
Pierre Robin Sequence Pathway

2. Please complete the referral form and email it to:

Mie-tr.midessexcleftservice@nhs.net  or fax to: 01245 516134

Our standard is that the Clinical Nurse Specialists will aim to see new babies within 24 hours of referral.  A delay in referral will prevent babies being seen and assessed (please see cleft protocol).

Referral of mothers diagnosed antenatally

1. Please contact our Clinical Nurse Specialists immediately on 01245 516029.

Please leave a voicemail if no answer at any time of the day.

2. Please email referral to: Mie-tr.midessexcleftservice@nhs.net

or fax to: 01245 516134

We aim to contact mothers following antenatal diagnosis of a baby with a cleft within 24 hours.

Other referrals

Please send referral letters to: Mie-tr.midessexcleftservice@nhs.net

Cleft Team

Meet The Team

There is a multidisciplinary team consisting of; surgeons, paediatrician, audiologist, orthodontist, nurses, speech and language therapists, psychologists, photographer and administrative support.

Care Pathway

Your child's care pathway

This is a plan of what to expect while your child is under the care of the North Thames Cleft Centre. And also includes patient information leaflets about the services.

Conditions we treat

Conditions we treat/Patient information sheets (GOSH)

Here you can find out about the range of services that the North Thames Cleft Centre provide and offer you as a patient.

Clinical Research

We are currently involved in patient recruitment for the following:

The Cleft collective study, looking at the causes, treatments and impact of cleft.


Cleft Q, An International Study to Develop a Patient-Reported Outcome Measure for Cleft Lip and/or Palate Patients.