The NPCC (National Paediatric Craniofacial Centre) is based at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. We provide treatment to children and young people with craniofacial conditions from birth to 16 years of age.
Craniofacial surgery in Ireland was started in 1989 by Professor Michael Earley, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, D1 and Mr David Allcutt, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Beaumont Hospital, D9. This service was managed by Anne Mc Gillivary, Cleft & Craniofacial Services Manager.
In 2008 Mr Dylan Murray, Consultant Craniofacial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon was appointed as the Lead Clinician. In the same year Mr John Caird, Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeon joined the team.
The NPCC is now one of the largest Craniofacial Units in Europe. We care for children and young people from all over Ireland presenting with complex craniofacial conditions affecting soft tissue or bones of the face, head and neck, including the jaws and skull. 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 these conditions may result in disfigurement and functional impairment.
The number of conditions which are managed at the NPCC and the complexities of treatment have grown over the last number of years. Today the NPCC sees approximately 450 new patients per year and undertakes over 70 complex craniofacial surgeries. We also have extensive links with many Craniofacial Units throughout Europe and North America.