If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – a high temperature or a new, continuous cough – the advice is to stay at home for seven days. All members of this household should remain at home for 14 days.

If you think you have symptoms, please do not attend your hospital appointment until you are advised it is safe to do so. Please contact us to rearrange your appointment, or to re-organise treatment and tests.

Cleft lip and palate

Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) acts as the regional cleft lip and palate centre for the East Midlands and Yorkshire regions. If you or your child require surgery, it will be performed on the NUH campus.

Approximately one in 700 babies is born with cleft lip and palate (CLP) each year in the UK. You and your family will be seen by a specialised multidisciplinary team to ensure we make a full assessment of your treatment needs. This includes:

  • Maxillofacial surgeons (cleft surgery involving bone)
  • Plastic surgeons (cleft surgery involving skin)
  • ear, nose and throat surgeons
  • Orthodontists
  • Paediatric (children’s) dentist
  • speech and language therapists
  • nurse specialists in cleft lip and palate 

Orthodontic treatment may be required to prepare you for surgery or align your teeth and/or jaws. This treatment is also available at the QMC/KMH. For ease of travel, orthodontic services may be available closer to home, at your local hospital. Please discuss this with the cleft team at your appointment.

The mouth of a person with cleft lip and palate

Cleft lip and palate image