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Cleft Lip and Palate (South West Service)

Mr Scott Deacon

0117 342 1173

Clinical Lead and Consultant Orthodontist

Mr Nigel Mercer

0117 342 1176

Consultant Cleft and Plastic Surgeon

Mr Peter Revington

0117 342 4392

Consultant Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Mr Alistair Cobb

0117 342 1180

Consultant Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Dr Julia Cadogan

0117 342 1162

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Cathy Marsh

0117 342 1169

Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist

Anne Roberts

0117 342 1167

Principal Speech and Language Therapist

Richard Willerton

0117 342 1157

Cleft Network Manager

Lesley Sanders

0117 342 1173

Service Coordinator

The South West Cleft Service is a multidisciplinary team that looks after children born with a cleft lip and/or cleft palate for most of the South West of England. The service transferred in August 2014 from Frenchay Hospital, Bristol to the University of Bristol Dental Hospital.

As well as providing all care for the children in the Bristol and Bath area, the team works with colleagues in hospitals from Gloucester down to Truro. All children in these areas born with a cleft will have the surgical repairs of the cleft carried out in Bristol.

Access / Referrals

New baby referrals

0117 342 1177

Patients with other types of velopharyngeal dysfunction, and adult cleft patients seeking further treatment

letter or by fax to 0117 917 0169

Babies diagnosed with cleft lip and/or palate are normally referred to the team directly by the maternity unit. Suspected missed diagnoses of cleft palate in a baby should be referred by telephone using the number listed above. 


Outpatient clinics in Bristol are held on the ground floor of Bristol Dental Hospital. Multidisciplinary clinics are also held with local colleagues in Exeter, Gloucester, Plymouth, Taunton, Torbay and Truro.

Patients born with a cleft are followed-up by the team routinely until the age of 15 years (palate only) or 20 years (lip +/- palate). Younger children, or adults referred for soft tissue concerns, will normally be seen first on an multidisciplinary team (MDT) clinic lead by Mr Mercer or Mr Cobb. Patients referred with jaw or dentition concerns will normally be seen on a clinic led by Mr Deacon, usually run jointly with the cleft surgeons.

A specialist speech investigation clinic uses lateral video fluoroscopy and (if indicated) nasendoscopy to determine if surgery is appropriate to treat velopharyngeal dysfunction. Non-cleft patients seen on this clinic are usually referred by their speech and language therapist.


Our children's surgery is performed at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Adult in-patient services are provided at Bristol Royal Infirmary