Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic
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​The Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic is a service to help families coordinate the surgeries, assessments, therapies, and monitoring that their child may require.  The clinic runs in the spring and fall of each year at the Interior Health Community Health and Services Centre in Kelowna.

Families are called to visit with our full cleft lip and palate team for the first time when their baby is approximately 18-24 months of age. The coordinator of the service will get in touch with the family at the time the referral is received to answer questions and provide information.

Who is on the team?

A collaboration of health care professionals, the team consists of plastic surgeons, orthodontists, pediatricians, ear nose and throat doctors (ENTs), dental hygienists, pediatric dentists, speech-language pathologists, and audiologists. 

What happens at an appointment?

Several families attend each clinic, held in April and October. You should expect to spend the full morning at the clinic. Each family will see each professional. At the end of the session, the whole team meets with each family for a summary of recommendations. Families, along with their family doctor or nurse practitioner, will also receive a printed summary of the recommendations following the clinic.

Please note: This Kelowna-based team works in partnership with the health care providers already caring for your child. The team does not provide treatment at the clinic, and does not replace the professionals you are seeing for current medical treatment.

How do I access this service?

A doctor, midwife, nurse practitioner or public health nurse can submit the Cleft Lip and Palate Referral Form if they have internal Interior Health system access. Otherwise they may call the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at 250 469 7070, ext 12122 to make a referral. If you are transferring from a Cleft Palate Clinic in a different city or province, any member of that clinic team may refer.

Is there a cost?

This service is covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP).

What is the age limit and catchment area?

This service is available for children and youth from birth to age 19 who live in the Interior region of British Columbia.

 

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As a step towards reconciliation, Interior Health acknowledges the land that we live, work, and play on as the traditional territories of the Dakelh Dene, Ktunaxa, Nlaka’pamux, Secwepemc, St’at’imc, Syilx and Tsilhqot’in peoples. It is with humility that we continue to strengthen our relationships with the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit peoples of the interior.
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