National Paediatric Craniofacial Centre
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Tel: (01) 878 4883
Fax: (01) 892 1820
Craniofacial disorders are complex conditions affecting the soft tissues or bones of the face and/or the head. These include congenital conditions such as premature fusion of the skull sutures and other anomalies, or acquired conditions such as trauma or tumours. Abnormal growth patterns from all of these conditions may result in disfigurement and functional impairment.
The National Paediatric Craniofacial Centre is based in the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street and provides treatment for children with cranial and facial deformities. It was founded in 1989 with the cooperation of the in-house plastic surgeon and the neurosurgical department of Beaumont Hospital. The number of conditions which are managed in this centre and complexities of treatment available has grown over the last number of years.
The needs of children with these conditions are very complex and requires an integrated team approach to care. The core craniofacial team comprises of :
- Consultant Craniofacial & Plastic Surgeon
- Consultant Neurosurgeon(s),
- Craniofacial Nurse Specialist
- Ophthalmic surgeon
- ENT surgeons
The Craniofacial team work closely with
- Social worker
- Speech & Language Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Clinical Photographer
The service is coordinated by the Craniofacial Clinical Services Co-ordinator with the support of an administrative assistant. Patient & family support is an integral part of service delivery.
The Craniofacial team aim to provide a holistic multidisciplinary approach to the management of both congenital and acquired craniofacial deformity from birth to skeletal maturity using the most modern and advanced techniques.
Ophthalmology: ref website dept info
Audiology service: ref website dept info
ENT: ref website dept info
Speech & Language Therapy: ref website dept info
Psychosocial Support: ref website dept info
Orthodontic assessments & treatments are carried out in St James Hospital. The orthodontist acts as a link with the Maxillofacial Services & the Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Physiotherapist: ref website dept info
Occupational Therapist: ref website dept info