Adult Speech and Language Therapy
Speech and language therapists provide assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing difficulties in a variety of locations across Gloucestershire.
Therapists support inpatients and outpatients and may also provide home visits in exceptional circumstances.
If you are in hospital, the speech and language therapists will assess communication and/or swallowing difficulties on the ward and provide advice or treatment as appropriate.
Speech and language therapists will assess communication and/or swallowing difficulties at an out patient appointment and provide advice or treatment as appropriate.
The therapist may work with family members or carers to devise strategies to overcome some difficulties as appropriate.
One appointment may be sufficient to help the patient to manage their speech and/or swallowing independently or patients may need a course of 1-2-1 or group therapy.
Patients can be seen for:
- Voice therapy
- Aids to help with communication
- Communication/swallowing after stroke
- Communication/swallowing after a head injury
- Communication/swallowing associated with long term neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
- Communication/swallowing after cancer of the head and neck
- Videofluroscopy – This is an x-ray which allows the speech and language therapist to view how a patient swallows, to assess the severity of the difficulty. Strategies may also be recommended to manage it. Videofluoroscopy may be requested whilst the patient is in hospital, or it can be arranged as an out-patient appointment
- Voice Clinic – specialist clinic where videos/photographs are taken of the larynx to help with treatment planning.
How to access speech and language therapy
Patients can be referred to us through their GP and other members of their healthcare and therapy team.
We also welcome patients referring themselves, regardless of of age, language, presenting difficulty or location.
The following exception applies:
Voice disorders (dysphonia) – referral must be made following examination of the larynx by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon. This referral requires the patient’s consent.
Please download and complete the referral form and either fax or post to the address below.
Adult Speech and Language Therapy Referral Form
Swallowing disorder referrals need to be made by a medical professional or a member of the MDT i.e. physiotherapist, nurse, social worker, dietician.
If you aren’t sure whether speech and language therapy could help you, please call us and ask to speak to a speech and language therapist who will be able to advise you.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
The RCSLT is the professional body for speech and language therapists and support workers, promoting excellence in practice and influencing health, education and social care policies.
Health Professions Council (HPC)
The HPC is a statutory regulator that works to protect the health and well-being of people using the services of the health professionals registered with us. The HPC currently registers over 170,000 professionals from 13 professions. We only register professionals who meet our standards for their professional skills, behaviour and health.
GUiDE and Pals
The health, social care and disability information service for Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire Carers Hub
Gloucestershire Carers Hub provide support for carers aged 18 years or over.
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The Stroke Association
The Stroke Association’s main focus is to prevent stroke and to support people who have had a stroke and their families. They do this by providing information and community services.
Different Strokes is run by younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors
Information service and helpline
Multiple Sclerosis Society
Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Parkinson’s Disease Society
The Huntington’s Disease Association
The charity that supports people with brain injury and those that care for them.
British Stammering Association
A UK national voluntary organisation of members concerned with the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) needs of people with complex communication needs.
The British Voice Association
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SpeechDisorder contains over 60 articles written by a team of experts, concerning a variety of speech disorders.
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