Service changes and visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

During this COVID-19 pandemic there may be changes in the way some of our services work. Contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.

Some of our services now offer video consultations. You should speak to your clinician if this is something you would like them to consider. You can find out more about video consultation here.



Contact the ward you wish to visit in advance for guidance and instructions for a safe visit.

You can read some general  NHS guidance on visiting healthcare inpatient settings.pdf [pdf] 89KB

If you need help in a mental health crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic outside office hours please contact our crisis team: Help in a crisis

For other medical advice and support contact your GP or visit NHS 111

Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe breathlessness, severe blood loss, serious burns or suspected stroke.

Cleft lip and palate

What is a cleft lip & palate?

A cleft is a gap or split in the upper lip (cleft lip) and/or roof of the mouth (cleft palate) where the muscles have not come together properly.

A cleft lip and / or palate affect approximately 1 in 700 babies born in the UK.

A cleft lip on its own is unlikely to cause difficulties with speech and language development. Many children born with a cleft palate (with or without a cleft lip) develop their speech and language without the need for extra help. Some children however will need extra speech and language therapy support.

What does the SLT do?

The Specialist Speech and Language Therapists in the Trent Regional Cleft Network see children born with a cleft palate across the Trent Region from the Humber and east coast of Lincolnshire to Sheffield and Leicester. This includes children from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. We work with children from 9 months to adulthood.

We provide specialist speech assessment, speech therapy and advice to children born with a cleft palate and their families who have speech and language difficulties related to their cleft palate. The community speech and language therapy service will see children with speech, language and communication needs that are not related to their cleft palate.

We also provide a service to children and adults who may have nasal sounding speech where there is no obvious cleft palate.

We work closely with the other members of the cleft team including Cleft Plastic Surgeons, Cleft Nurses, Audiologists, Orthodontists and Ear Nose and Throat Consultants


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