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Alder Hey Craniofacial Unit is one of 4 designated Supraregional Craniofacial Units in NHS England & Wales.
We have the infrastructure, resources and an expert team of experienced specialists who will be involved with your child’s care and development throughout their childhood.
We are one of the highest volume craniofacial centres in the world and have long-term experience of treating children with craniofacial conditions.
Our team are invested in your child’s health and development, and we will support your child and your family through the journey.
As children with craniofacial conditions can present with complex symptoms, we adopt a holistic approach to the care of our patients, ensuring the best quality of care every step of the way. As such, we have a multidisciplinary team of experts from various specialties. These include:
Your child will see some or all of these professionals at various time points in your child’s journey.
Children with craniosynostosis will receive speech and language and neurodevelopmental assessments at strategic timepoints throughout their childhood. This allows us to monitor their progress and identify when extra support is required.
Some children will also see our Clinical Geneticist at a separate consultation to discuss the diagnosis, arrange further tests and considerations for the future.
When your child reaches the age of 16 years old, they can choose to transition to the Adult Services based in Aintree University Hospitals or Walton Neurosurgery Centre. At both these hospitals, it will be the same team of surgeons who will look after you. Hence, you will receive continuity of care all the way through your lifetime.
At Alder Hey Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Unit, we invest the highest quality of care to all our patients and ensure parents, families and carers are supported all the way through their child’s journey.
Click here for a list of the conditions that the Craniofacial team treat.
Please send referrals via post or email to our pathway coordinators at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact us for any queries (details below). We may ask you to take photos of your child’s headshape. Please view the following instructions on taking photos of your child’s headshape.
Babies should be referred as soon as an abnormality of the baby's head shape is suspected, and this may even be at the time of birth. Some craniosynostosis can be treated within the first few months of life. At Alder Hey Craniofacial Unit, through decades of experience and assessment of long-term outcomes, we propose various operations within certain time windows of a child's life.
If there are any queries, please feel free to contact our team.
The Alder Hey Craniofacial Team consists of a dedicated group of nurse specialists, clinicians, and surgeons. We are here to support you, your child, and your family through this journey.
We welcome calls from families, general practitioners, or any other healthcare professionals for all types of craniofacial conditions.
For referrals or any further information, please contact us at:
Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool L12 2ZP
0151 282 4608
Craniofacial Pathway Co-ordinators
Craniofacial Nurse Specialists
Jane England - Jane.England@alderhey.nhs.uk
Luci Russell - Luci.Russell@alderhey.nhs.uk
Alder Hey Children's Charity