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The South West Cleft Service

The University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Cleft Lip and Palate Team, at University of Bristol Dental Hospital and the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, look after children born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate for most of the South West of England. It is part of the South Wales South West Managed Clinical Network.

As well as providing all care for children in the Bristol area, the team works with colleagues in hospitals in Bath, Exeter, Gloucester, Plymouth, Taunton, Torbay and Truro. All children born with a cleft in these areas will have the primary surgical repair of the cleft carried out in Bristol.

You can contact the Cleft Lip and Palate team on telephone 0117 342 1177 or email ubh-tr.swcleftservice@nhs.net

Surgery
A cleft of the lip can be on one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral).
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Speech
Children whose cleft does not affect the palate generally have no cleft-related speech problems.
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Psychology
Many children with a cleft lip have no problems or concerns psychologically.
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Dental Care
Children with a cleft lip and/or palate seem to get tooth decay more easily than other children.
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Feeding
To support you in establishing a good feeding regime that gives your baby what he or she needs and is acceptable to the family.
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Classifying Cleft
There has been a general move to adopt a simple system for classifying clefts, which is easy to use.
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