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Cleft Lip and Palate


What is a Cleft Lip?

A cleft lip is a gap in the upper lip on either one side (unilateral) or both sides (bilateral). It can vary from a slight notch (an incomplete cleft lip) to a longer gap extending up towards and into the nostril (a complete cleft lip). Behind the cleft lip there may be a groove or gap in the upper gum.

What is a Cleft Palate?

The palate forms the roof of the mouth and normally separates the mouth from the nose. A cleft palate is a gap in the roof of the mouth. This gap may involve the soft palate at the back of the mouth or extend further forward into the bony, hard palate.


Admission to the service is by referral antenatally or at birth by the appropriate Scanning/Maternity Unit or via your GP.

Opening Times

The Department can be contacted between 9.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday through the Cleft Unit Co-ordinator.

Additional Support

Cleft Lip and Palate Association (CLAPA)
First Floor, Green Man Tower, 332b Goswell Rd, London EC1V 7LQ
Tel: 0207 833 4883  Fax 020 7833 5999

Changing Faces
The Squire Centre, 33-37 University Street, London, WC1E 6JN
Tel: 0845 4500 275  Fax 0845 4500 276

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