This clinic is for children born with cleft lip, palate or significant velopharyngeal insufficiency who live within the Island Health region.
Clefts may be diagnosed prenatally, at birth and throughout infancy and toddlerhood, as speech and feeding challenges arise. Referrals should be made to the Cleft/Lip and Palate Clinic as soon as a potential cleft is identified. Contact will be made as soon as possible to support feeding, surgical planning and education around cleft lip and palate.
The Island Health Cleft/Lip and Palate Clinic is accredited under the: American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
The team includes:
- Clinic Coordinator,
- Speech Language Pathologist,
- Otorhinolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon),
- Pediatric Dentist,
- Plastic Surgeons,
- Social Worker
The following resources provide more information about our clinic and its services.
General Information on Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic
To reach the following people please call the QACCH switchboard.
Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic - Melissa Armstrong
Neuromuscular Clinic (Primarily South Vancouver Island) - Val Poirier
Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Clinic - Christine White