Speech and language therapy
Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for people who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.
Our team of speech and language therapists provide specialist assessment and therapeutic care for adults with communications problems and swallowing disorders.
Our therapists work independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams offering rapid diagnosis and treatment as well as advice, training and education to colleagues, carers and families.
As there are many possible causes of speech disorders, our therapists support several clinical specialties. These range from ear, nose and throat surgery to neurology and oncology.
We welcome insured patients and self-pay referrals. However, out-patients with voice problems need to be seen by an ENT specialist before their first appointment with a speech and language therapist.
We treat patients undergoing treatment for:
- ear nose and throat treatment
- neurological conditions including stroke, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis,
- invasive surgery such as liver surgery
- critical care, including trachiotomies
We also treat problems which arise from these conditions:
- asphasia –impairment of language and speech
- dysphonia – acquired problems with the voice box
- dysarthia –acquired speech difficulty
- dysphagia – trouble swallowing.
In addition, our therapists have a range of sophisticated communication aids to help patients with difficulty talking.
These include amplifiers, electronic communication systems and communication charts.
"I would like to thank everyone at Cromwell Hospital for the fantastic way you looked after me. I could not fault anyone during the time I spent with you - from the point I arrived in reception, to the catering team and every member of staff throughout the changes of shift during my stay."
Anonymous, Cromwell Hospital patient