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Adult Speech & Language Therapy

Who are we?

The Adult Speech and Language Therapy Community Outpatient Service provide assessment, advice, information and support for adults and their families or carers, who have difficulties with communication (speech, language or voice) and/or swallowing.

The team is made up of Speech and Language Therapists and Speech and Language Therapy assistants.

Our Speech and Language Therapists are experts in assessing and treating adults with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties.

People with the following conditions may have communication and/or swallowing difficulties and often benefit from being assessed by a Speech and Language Therapist:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dementia
  • Voice disorders
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Communication and swallowing difficulties associated with ageing
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Head injury, plus others

Who will I see?

Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) and SLT Assistants within the Community Adult SLT service work across a number of teams and services. Who you will see will depend upon your needs. Sometimes is it difficult to tell where you need to go to, however the Care Coordination Centre can help with your queries and direct them towards the right team.

These are the teams in Bath and North East Somerset who have Speech and Language Therapists:

  • Community Outpatient Services (0300  247 0200)
  • Inpatient rehabilitation services – Sulis ward at St Martin’s Hospital (Main: 01225 831521), and Paulton Hospital (contact the SLT on 0300  247 0200)
  • Parkinson’s and Related Conditions, Clara Cross Centre, St Martin’s Hospital (Main: 01225 831518) – see relevant webpage for further information
  • Community Neuro and Stroke Service (Main: 01225 831544) – see relevant webpage for further information
  • Complex Health Needs Service (Main: 01225 831566) – see relevant webpage for further information

The Acute hospital inpatient service, Voice service and Head and Neck Cancer service are provided via the Royal United Hospital Foundation Trust, Bath.

 

Where are we based?

Many of the teams are based at St Martin’s Hospital. The Community Outpatient team works across the community and so you will be seen in the most appropriate location for you. Often this means the therapist will come to see you in your own home.

You may be asked to come to an appointment at St Martin’s Hospital. Please see the information below regarding getting there:

St Martin’s Hospital, Clara Cross Lane, Bath, BA2 5RP

There is free parking on the hospital site, if you enter via the Midford Road entrance. Generally there are plenty of spaces to park, so you do not need to arrive early for your appointment.

Google maps reference: BA2 5RP – Google Maps

Meet the team

Vicky

Vicky is a trained Speech and Language Therapist with over 22 years of experience. She is also Head of the Service and Professional Lead for Speech Therapy in Banes.  Vicky specialises in working with people who have swallowing disorders, carrying out swallowing x-rays (videofluoroscopy) and with those who have difficulties with communicating as a result of a brain injury, such as stroke or primary progressive aphasia.

 

 

 

 

Nina

Nina is a trained Speech and Language Therapist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Helen

Helen is a trained Speech and Language Therapist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miriam

Miriam is a trained Speech and Language Therapist.

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa

Lisa is a Speech and Language Therapist assistant

 

 

 

 

How do I get referred?

Communication, speech or language referrals

You can refer yourself to Speech and Language Therapy for any difficulty with your communication, speech or language. This can be done by telephone or letter.  Please ring the Care Coordination Centre on 0300 247 0200 to make or discuss a referral.

Swallowing difficulties

For a difficulty with your swallowing, a referral would need to come from:

  • Your GP or medical consultant
  • A health or social care professional, such as your Physiotherapist or Social Worker

Voice difficulties

If you have concerns regarding your voice, please speak to your GP regarding a referral to the Ear Nose and Throat service at the RUH. You cannot be seen by Speech and Language Therapist without this consultation.

You can also contact us on the email address below:

e: vcl.adultslt@nhs.net

 

Where do I go for further information?

If you would like further information about communication or swallowing difficulties, or if you are a professional looking for more advice, please follow our link to ‘Adult Speech and Language Therapy Information’.

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