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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:

  • Medicine
  • Respiratory
  • Surgery
  • Stroke
  • Healthcare for Older People
  • Neurosciences (including Neurology and Neurosurgery)
  • Ear, nose and throat (ENT) and Maxillofacial (OMFS)
  • Oncology
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics
  • Coronary Care/Cardiology
  • Critical Care
  • Burns

Our therapists are part of a wider therapy team that includes, Dietitians, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Nurse Specialists and many more.

Their role is to help patients and their families with swallowing, speech, language or voice difficulties, which they might experience as a result of a head injury, stroke, cancer or progressive neurological disease, for example. We also support people who are having surgery and help them to work on regaining or maintaining their ability to eat, drink and talk. This may involve assessment, management strategies and/or rehabilitation.

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.

Last reviewed: 31 August 2023