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Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)

We can help you if you're having difficulties with your speech, voice, language, communication, or swallowing.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, our service is changing. These changes will remain in place until further notice.

Appointments

All routine appointments have now stopped.

This includes all communication referrals covering speech, language, voice, and transgender voice dysfluency.

All dysphagia referrals will be assessed over the phone, but support will continue for urgent referrals which require face to face consultations with our therapists.  We’ll decide with you whether an appointment or consultation over the phone would be suitable.

Urgent referrals and support

We’re still accepting urgent referrals for swallowing problems.

We’re also able to provide support by phone calls if you have concerns and need advice.

Our speech and language therapy (SLT) team’s aim is to help you manage your condition, so that you can keep your independence and have the best quality of life.

If you’re aged 18 or over, and have been diagnosed with a speech, language, communication, voice or swallowing difficulty we can help you.

Difficulties with speech and language or swallowing could be the result of a number of different things, such as:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injuries
  • Progressive neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease (MND), Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and dementia
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Voice disorders

When you’re referred to us, we’ll arrange an assessment with you at one of our clinics.

If you can’t travel to us because you’re bed or house bound, we may be able to visit you at your home or care residence, depending on your needs.

We’ll look at your health and medical history, and create your treatment plan with you around your personal goals. 

Depending on your needs, we may be able to offer different types of treatments and support for you, your family and your carers, such as: 

  • Education about your condition, and how to prevent complications in future
  • Specialist rehabilitation programme, in either one to one sessions or within a group
  • Recommendations for eating and drinking, which may include changes to your diet 

If we find out from your assessment that you have certain needs, we may refer you to another specialist service.

To access our service, you must be over 18 and registered with a Berkshire GP.

Your GP or healthcare professional will discuss the different options available to you based on your needs. They will be able to make a referral for you.

Unfortunately we don’t accept self referrals.

If you’re under the age of 18, you will need a referral to our paediatric speech and language therapists.

Speech and Language Therapy for Children, Young People and Families (CYPF)

Referrals to our service are made through our Integrated Hub.

Email               integratedhub@berkshire.nhs.uk

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