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Oxford Team Profiles: Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) department

Children born with a cleft lip and / or palate may face multiple health problems. Experience has shown that these problems are best supported by a team of specialists from many disciplines who work together with the family to provide for the social, emotional, psychological and educational needs of the child.

This means that, when you visit us, you may find yourself in a room with lots of clinicians – this is quite normal and nothing to worry about. If you feel uncomfortable with so many people in the room, please don’t be afraid to request that only key members of the team remain.

Ricky Pal

Children born with a cleft palate are at greater risk of middle ear problems, glue ear and hearing loss. My role is to monitor their hearing and treat any ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems that arise, especially in the first few years of life. I also liaise with colleagues in other hospitals to coordinate […]