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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02523: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the potential impact on adult cleft lip and palate surgery at St John’s Hospital in Livingston if cleft surgery is centralised.

Answered by: Shona Robison 26 September 2016

All specialist cleft surgery - for both adults and children, to repair cleft lip and palate should be carried out by one of three specialist cleft surgeons, based in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Should the recommendation to consolidate cleft surgery in Glasgow be supported, this arrangement will continue. Patients will continue to be assessed by the national specialist cleft surgery service. Those who do not require a specialist cleft surgery intervention, will continue to be managed locally, including at St John’s Hospital in West Lothian.

A decision whether to approve the recommendation will be made in due course.