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Specialist Hospitals

There are four Highly Specialised Craniofacial Units designated to provide specialist services for children and adults born with craniofacial problems in England, and one in Scotland.

Referrals by GPs are accepted at Alder Hey (Liverpool), Birmingham and Oxford Children’s Hospitals.  Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London requires GPs use the GOSH online GP referral system. The Units will also take referrals from paediatricians or other hospital consultants.


The Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow will normally only accept referrals from paediatricians/hospital consultants, although direct referrals from GPs may be accepted in certain circumstances.

If you would like advice on how to get a referral please call our helpline on 07541 106816 or email

The Specialist Units aim to provide patients with co-ordinated, multidisciplinary treatment. Alongside their craniofacial expertise they work with other departments within the hospitals and with community services to help patients and their carers access the full range of disciplines and services they need to treat the various conditions.

The services of the Highly Specialised Units in England are the responsibility of NHS England’s Specialised Services (Highly Specialist Craniofacial Centres); in Scotland, the Designated Service is overseen by NHS National Services Scotland.

If you live in Wales you can ask your paediatrician to refer you to the specialist centres in England. For Northern Ireland there is a satellite service operated by the Alder Hey Craniofacial Team at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

If you live outside of the UK then you will need to speak to your local doctor about how to get a referral to your local specialists. If you are not resident in the UK you cannot receive treatment on the NHS.

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Alder Hey Children's Hospital

Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Eaton Road
West Derby
L12 2AP

Natasha Gerard (Craniofacial Co-Ordinator):
Phone: +44 (0)151 282 4569


Jane England (Craniofacial Nurse):
Phone: 0151 282 4563, Email:

Luci Russell (Craniofacial Nurse):
Phone: 0151 282 4608, Email:


Birmingham Children's Hospital

Birmingham Children's Hospital
Department of Craniofacial Surgery
Steelhouse Lane
B4 6NH

Contact: Peter Noons Craniofacial Nurse Specialist by email on

Phone: +44 (0) 121 333 8147
Fax: 0121 333 8151
Parents and Patients - 07873472658

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Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Great Ormond Street

Phone: 07768526449 (nurses mobile)
Email Kathy Truscott:
Email Andrea White:

Phone: 020 7405 9200 (general hospital number)
or +44 (0) 207 813 8444 for Craniofacial Department direct


Children's Hospital

Oxford Craniofacial Unit
Level LG1, West Wing
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU

Craniofacial Unit - 01865 231 085

Kari Ashton
Tel: 01865 231 083, email:

General Email:

Newborn Baby

Glasgow Royal Hospital for Children

Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF

Main switchboard telephone: 0141 201 0000

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