- Dublin (One Centre comprising Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin/St. James’s Hospital, and The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street)
- Cork (Cork University Hospital)
In Ireland each year around 90 new babies are born with clefts of the lip and/or palate (real figure not available).
In the 1990s, existing cleft services were restructured and a single Dublin centre set up with two primary cleft surgeons, orthodontist, paediatric dental surgeon and speech and language therapists between Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin/St. James’s Hospital, and The Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street. In 1988 St James’s was designated the National Maxillofacial Centre including the orthodontic treatment centre for cleft lip and palate.
All of the members of the Dublin team have specialist training in cleft care. A Cleft Co-ordinator was appointed in 2001, there now being a co-ordinator in both Crumlin/St. James’s, and Temple Street. A national Prosthodontist has been in post since 2002.
The Cleft Unit in Cork has one primary cleft surgeon and also has a multidisciplinary team with specialist training in cleft care. This unit serves the population of Munster / Southern region.