Adult Speech and Language Therapy

About Our Service

The Adult Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) department provides a service for people aged 16 years and above with acquired communication and/or swallowing difficulties. We see patients in the following settings: on hospital wards at The Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Andover War Memorial Hospital; in outpatient clinics; in nursing and residential homes; in patients’ own homes if they are unable to attend an outpatient clinic.

Our Aims

  • To provide evidence-based services that anticipate and respond to the needs of adults who experience acquired speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties.
  • To work in partnership with these individuals, their families and with other professionals and agencies to reduce the impact of these often isolating difficulties on people’s wellbeing and their ability to participate in daily life.

Who We Work With

We work with individuals and also their family, carers and key workers.  We look at people’s environment and their involvement in wider society.

Many of our patients will have underlying neurological conditions e.g.

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

We also provide voice therapy, working with those who have damaged voices and with people undergoing gender reassignment.

We can provide a service for people who stammer in The Royal Hampshire County Hospital and Andover War Memorial Hospital.

Services Provided

The treatment offered will be based on the results of an initial assessment of the swallow and/or communication.  Treatment may include individual or group therapy, or a home programme with advice and recommendations. 

Additionally we can offer advice, education and training to support family and carers.

We also offer the following specialised services:

  • Videofluoroscopy for detailed examination of swallowing problems
  • SLT endoscopy clinics for examination of the larynx
  • Joint clinics with Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) consultants

 


updated 27 November 2015

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