Adult Speech & Language Therapy

General Information

What will happen when I first see the speech and language therapist?

The therapist will carry out a number of tests which might be formal or informal to see what your problems are. Following this, specific treatment or advice will be given to try to help improve the problem.

What kind of people does a speech and language therapist see?

Communication problems:
We see people who have difficulties with:

  • Understanding what is being said to them
  • Speech
  • Reading and writing (related to an illness rather than reading and writing problems which have existed throughout school and beyond
  • Fluency

Feeding and swallowing problems:
Some people have problems with eating, drinking or swallowing. These problems might develop suddenly or gradually leading to coughing and choking and many other difficulties. These people are high risk.

How long will I have to receive treatment?

That depends on the kind of problem you have and its severity – it might only be for a short time, or, it might be for much longer.  You might be seen every week or less frequently if this is not necessary.

Where do we see people?

Out-patients: Patients might be seen in the speech and language therapy department at the Eddercliffe Centre for either individual and/or group treatment.

Home visits: Some people might be seen at home. This is at the discretion of the speech and language therapist and is dependent on the nature of the person’s problems and their health.


A lot of referrals to the service are from hospital consultants and from GPs out in the community. We might also be asked to see patients by other professionals like physiotherapists or dietitians. Sometimes a member of staff from a nursing or residential home might ask us to see someone living there. And finally, any member of the general public can contact the speech and language therapist if they feel they have a problem with communication or feeding and swallowing.

For all referrals please contact 0300 304 5555.

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