Cleft Lip & Palate Diagnosis Delivery: Communication Matters (Cleft Lip & Palate Awareness Week)

When my Frankie was diagnosed with a severe cleft lip and palate, this is what happened: My unborn son Francesco “Frankie” Enrico Ventura was diagnosed with a unilateral cleft lip and palate at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Wednesday 25th September 2013 when I was 23 weeks pregnant.  The sonographer who conducted the scan blurted out…

New Campaign: Communication Matters!

 I will be launching a campaign in the coming months called “Communications Matters” which will promote the importance of excellent communication between healthcare professionals and parents to be, especially when bad news has to be given.  This is an area that is woefully lacking within the NHS, and the following are some actual examples of…