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Resuming Cleft Care in COVID

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for children, young people and families from the Cleft Lip and Palate team 

 We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – and the impact of a delay to your child’s planned cleft surgery. This page from the Welsh Centre for Cleft Lip and Palate team at Morriston Hospital is for children, young people and families who use our services. 

Please read this together with national advice from CLAPA available here: 

Please read this, together with national advice from CLAPA available by following this link 

The Cleft Teams in the UK and Ireland have also released a statement: Follow this link to read the statement in English

Routine Clinic Appointments 

Clinicians are looking to remove the need for patients to attend face-to-face appointments wherever possible. This might involve telephone appointments or video consultations. If your child has an upcoming clinic appointment, we will be in touch with you to discuss how we can best carry this out remotely. 

Attending the Hospitals 

We are seeing some patients at Morriston and Cardiff for face-to-face appointments. Please see the following links to find out about what to expect when you come - our procedures are changing regularly and we will keep you informed with the latest guidance prior to your appointment. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Follow this link for Information for coming in to Morriston Hospital

We are answering our telephones, so if you have a cleft-related problem and wish to speak with a member of the team, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01792 703810 or email us at 

CLAPA has closed its offices but orders can still be placed over the telephone on 020 7833 4883, via email or follow this link to the contact form

We Are Here to Help 

If you have any concerns relating to either your child’s cleft diagnosis or the impact that the changes to service delivery might have on your child, you might feel it helpful to discuss this further with our Cleft Team Psychologists. Similarly, if you have any concerns in relation to your child and any COVID related anxieties or distress, then it may be helpful to talk this through with one of the Psychologists. If you would like to speak with a Psychologist, then please telephone 01792 703810. We can arrange a time to talk over the telephone or through a video call. 

You can also find some useful information regarding wellbeing during COVID-19 on the Children’s Commissioner for Wales website in the coronavirus information hub by following this link  

Alternatively, the Government has the following resources for parents/carers in relation to supporting children through this period, as well as advice for adults. 

Further information and support information from the NHS can be found by following this link  

Information for children is available on the BBC Newsround website following this link