Changing Faces has welcomed the Scottish Government's decision

Response to Scottish Government decision on Cleft Services in Scotland

Changing Faces welcomes the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport on the NHS Scotland review of Cleft Lip and Palate Surgical Services that services are to be merged into a single site in Scotland.

Commenting on the response, the charity’s Scotland Manager, Rob Murray, said:

“The review into surgical services for cleft lip and cleft palate patients across Scotland has been a challenging piece of work carried out by the NHS, including patient groups, patients and charities such as Changing Faces.

“Changing Faces understands this has been a difficult decision for the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to take but we believe that the decision in favour of a single collaborative cleft surgical team ensures the best outcome for patients across the whole country.

“Changing Faces is pleased that the Health Secretary heard our calls to ensure the local outreach clinics as they stand will not be affected. This is extremely important in ensuring a high quality patient care pathway, especially in relation to psycho-social support for patients and their families. We are also pleased that Scotland will be a more active participant within the UK Cleft Audit to drive forward improving patient outcomes.

“We look forward to working with the NHS teams as well as other charities, professional bodies and patients to ensure children and young people with clefts and their families are provided with high quality services including psycho-social support whenever it is needed.”

For further information, please contact the Changing Faces Press Office on 020 7391 9283 or 07823 348125.

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