Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language therapists work in a variety of settings and with many different people. The department at Queen’s Hospital provides assessment and treatment of patients who have difficulties with communicating and/or swallowing. The majority of our patients are adults, but we also see a small number of children who have difficulties with feeding. Patients are seen within the wards at all three hospital sites, in out-patient clinics at Queen's Hospital and also in their place of residence within East Staffordshire.

All Speech and Language therapists are registered members of the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) which sets standards for training and professional skills.

The Speech and Language Therapy Department is located within Therapy Services, near to the main entrance of the hospital, opposite Pharmacy.  

About our Service

We assess and treat patients referred from the following specialties: 

  • Stroke – we aim to promote recovery or aid in maintaining independence whenever possible, when patients have communication difficulties an/or swallowing disorders as a result of a stroke

  • Neurology – we support patients with long-term conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, to manage the associated communication and/or swallowing difficulties that can occur

  • Dementia – we aim to support patients who have swallowing difficulties as a result of this condition

  • Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) – we aim to promote recovery of patients who have voice disorders, or assist in improving swallowing/communication for patients that have been treated for cancer of the head and neck. We also see patients jointly in the X-Ray department, for detailed examination of swallowing difficulties.

  • Paediatrics – we work jointly with the Department of Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics to assess and treat children with feeding difficulties. 

How to obtain an appointment 

We accept referrals from local GPs and Consultants. On receipt of the referral, details are sent to the Patient Access Centre at Queen’s Hospital. This centre sends out a letter to the patient inviting them to contact the hospital on 01283 593200. The Patient Access Centre will then book an appointment with the patient, and this is scheduled for the relevant speech and language therapist. Any follow-up appointments are arranged directly with the therapist. 

The Speech and Language Therapy department can be contacted on 01283 566333 extension 5237 or 5229.

Associated Websites

  • Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

2 White Hart Yard, London SE1 1NX

0207 378 1200

www.rcslt.org 

  • Health and Care Professions Council

Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4BU

0207 582 0866

www.hcpc-uk.org 

  • Speakability

1 Royal Street, London SE1 7LL

0207 261 9572 (Administration)

0808 808 9572 (Helpline)

www.speakability.org 

  • Headway

4 King Edward Court, King Edward Street, Nottingham NG1 1EW

0115 924 0800

www.headway.org.uk 

  • British Voice Association

330 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE
(Please note: this office is not staffed in person)

Tel: +44 (0)300 123 2773
Fax: +44 (0)20 3456 5092

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