Speech and Language Therapy

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and Language Therapists (SLT’s) work with children and adults who have difficulties with speech, language and communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.
Speech and Language Therapists are Allied Health Professionals registered with the Health Professions Council and all SLT's in the South Eastern Trust are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.


Conditions Dealt With

Speech and Language Therapists provide assessment, diagnosis and management of the following:

  • speech and language delay or impairment
  • hearing impairment
  • cleft palate
  • stammering
  • voice disorders
  • eating and swallowing and/or communication problems following conditions such as  stroke, cancer or Parkinson’s disease
  • developmental feeding disorder
  • mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • physical disabilities.

Referral

In Hospital (Inpatient)

Patients are referred to Speech and Language Therapy by Medical or Nursing Staff for assessment and advice according to their need.

For Children

This service has an open referral system which accepts referrals from all sources eg parents, carer, health professionals, teachers etc. All referrals require parental consent.

Children (0-16 years) living in South Eastern Trust refer to the service through their local Clinic.

For Adults

This Service has an open referral system which accepts referrals from all sources. Patients who have difficulty communicating can be referred by a variety of people eg Doctor, Health Visitor, Teacher or Parent. If a GP is referring a voice patient, the referral must include an up to date ENT report.

Adults living in South Eastern Trust can contact their local clinic.