One of nine specialised cleft units in England...

Our Clinics

The Spires Cleft Centre provides a number of clinics that are tailored to each key stage of your child's care. These clinics are held at your regional centre (Oxford or Salisbury) until your baby reaches the age of two. After the age of two it is hoped that we will be able to offer you an appointment at a clinic that is nearest to your home.

As teaching is under taken at both the John Radcliffe Hospital and Salisbury District Hospital, on occasions students may be present when you have an appointment. If you would prefer students not to be present, just let the nurse or reception know.

You are welcome to contact us at any time if you have concerns about your child's cleft care. If appropriate, an appointment will be offered to you.

A good tip for any clinic appointment is to write down questions you may want to ask - this prevents you forgetting them on the day.


Baby Clinic

Your first appointment will be at this clinic, which is dedicated to new babies. Your surgeon and clinical nurse specialist will be available at this time to provide information about your baby's future care.

Primary Surgery/Pre-assessment Clinic

Following your initial appointment you will be invited to attend this clinic, where you will meet other key clinicians who will be involved in preparing you and your baby for their surgery. After your baby's surgery you will be re-invited to a clinic for a post-operative review.

18 Month Clinical Review Clinic

Eighteen months is an important age for your baby and the right time for us to review their progress. You will be invited to bring them to this clinic where their progress will be assessed by the clinical nurse specialists, clinical psychologist and speech & language therapists.

Combined Cleft Clinic

Combined Cleft Clinics are for children over the age of two and are held monthly across the region. Your child will be invited to attend these clinics as appropriate to their needs. All members of the cleft team are present at this clinic, providing you with an opportunity to raise any concerns you may have.

Clinical Review Clinic

Clinical review is an important part of your child's care and helps us to ensure that the care your child is receiving is of the highest possible standard. We will ask you to bring your child to these clinics at the age of 5, 10 and 15 years. You may also be asked to attend other clinics with just one member of the team, for instance the speech & language therapist or the orthodontist.