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Speech and Language Therapy for Adults

Service Changes for COVID-19
You can still contact our department via voicemail message. We will get back in touch with you and ask you some questions to help us provide you with advice and support over the phone.
The adult service number is 01443 443443 Ext 72547.
The children’s service numbers are: 01685 351300/01656 754019.
We are now able to provide more detailed support and possibly an online consultation. If we have previously spoken to you to give advice, we will be contacting you again to discuss your needs in more detail.
Unfortunately at this point we are only able to see the most urgent and at risk children face-to-face.

Our aim is to provide a high quality, specialist service for adults with acquired communication and swallowing difficulties.

We assess and treat individuals with speech, language, voice and swallowing disorders; working closely with a range of other professions and agencies.

Who Is It for?

Speech and language therapists work with a wide range of clients. This can include adults with communication and/or swallowing problems following an acquired illness (stroke) or a progressive illness (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia), critical care, palliative care, voice problems, head and neck cancer, and stammering.

Can Anyone Use the Service?

Yes – there is open referral for communication problems. Swallowing problems need to be referred by a doctor.

Opening Times
Normal hours are between 8:30am and 5:00pm, depending on the clinics.

What to Expect

You should allow approximately one hour for your first appointment. Your speech and language therapist will assess the nature of the difficulty and discuss the findings, when treatment will begin (if appropriate), or when a review is needed.

Treatment may be offered on an individual or group basis.

If therapy is appropriate it is usually offered in a block (approximately 6-8 sessions). At the end of a course of therapy a joint decision will be made with you regarding further treatment, review or discharge.

You are welcome to bring a relative or friend along with you if you wish.

Contact Us

I coordinate the administration for the service.

Claire L Jones
Personal Assistant to the Head of Speech and Language Therapy

I lead the adult and children’s services.

Vanessa Hayward
Head of Speech and Language Therapy

Give us a call
and one of our staff will be happy to help you
Tel: 01443 443443 Ext. 72547
Adult OPD services – patients are being risk assessed for suitability of face-to-face appointments,
which are available on some premises. 

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