Speech and Language Therapy

The role of the Speech and Language Therapist is to assess a person’s communication skills and their ability to eat and drink safely, and provide appropriate management and treatment.

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Communication and swallowing are vital to every aspect of our lives. Speech and Language Therapists work with adults who have problems with communication and/or with swallowing. As well as identifying any communication difficulties a patient might have, we aim to give information about the nature of these disorders and give advice to families and medical staff on how to the patient communicate to the best of their ability.

Some of our patients also experience difficulty with swallowing. Following assessment, we advise the medical team if a patient is able to eat and drink safely, that is, without food and drink ‘going down the wrong way’ or aspirating. Speech and Language Therapists work in partnership with individuals and their families and with other professions and agencies to reduce the impact of these often isolating difficulties on people’s wellbeing and their ability to participate in daily life.

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The Speech and Language Therapy team works with adults who may have one or more of the following:

  • Communication or eating and swallowing problems following neurological impairments and degenerative conditions including:
    • Stroke
    • Head Injury
    • Parkinson’s Disease
    • Dementia
    • Motor Neurone Disease
    • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Head and Neck cancer
  • Voice problems
  • Mental health issues
  • Learning difficulties

 

Contact and location

Main Telephone Number: 01603 287117
The department is located on Level 4 in the East Block