Cleft lip procedures will now take place at one site for patients across Scotland, Health Secretary Shona Robison has said.
Surgical teams from across Edinburgh and Glasgow will now work from one site in Glasgow as a single team, which Shona Robison claims will ensure safe and sustainable services for cleft patients.
There are around 100 new cleft cases each year in Scotland and this new service will start early in 2017 with a six-month transition period.
Treatment when you need it
‘I have accepted this recommendation from the expert group who have advised that consolidating these procedures will deliver a more sustainable service and improve equity in outcomes for patients, which is our main aim when making any decision,’ Health Secretary, Shona Robison, said.
‘We have been careful to ensure that there are a number of conditions in place to aid a smooth transition for both staff and patients.
‘This decision relates to cleft surgery only.
‘The wider teams involved in cleft care including, speech and language therapy, orthodontists, ENT surgeons and paediatric dentistry, as well as local outreach clinics, will continue to be delivered locally as they are now, across Scotland.
‘We will have cleft surgeons working alongside one another and sharing best practice and knowledge, with an even distribution of surgical procedures, which means patients will get the treatment they need when they need it.’