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Speech and Language Therapy inpatients

Speech and language therapists work with patients who are admitted to hospital under many specialities including:

  • General medical (including the Stroke Unit)
  • General Surgery
  • Neurosciences (including Neurology and Neurosurgery)
  • Ear nose and throat (ENT) and Maxillofacial
  • Oncology
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • Coronary Care Unit
  • Critical Care
  • Burns

Our staff are part of a wider team that includes:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists

Our role is to help patients and their families with some of the symptoms they might experience as a result of a head injury, stroke, cancer or progressive neurological disease.

If you are in hospital and have acquired a problem with speech, language, swallowing or voice, please ask any member of the ward team to arrange a referral to Speech and Language Therapy.

Our therapists will assess and diagnose a patient and then provide appropriate therapy.

If you are having an operation, the team will discuss how it may affect your speech or swallowing. After surgery, our staff will help you regain, as much as possible, your ability to eat, drink and talk.

Last reviewed: 11 February 2022