Our service caters for adult inpatients with swallowing and /or communication disorders. Our specialists assess and manage patients where there is concern about:
- Difficulty with swallowing. We will provide patients with a management plan, with the aim of reducing sepsis and to aid adequate nutrition, hydration and medication management in the acute setting
- Acquired difficulties with language for example difficulties finding words or understanding information. These may be caused by a neurological problem
- Acquired difficulties with producing clear speech. These difficulties may have been caused by a neurological problem.
- Tracheostomy tubes including those who require support to communicate their needs.
- Whether the patient has capacity. We can contribute to decisions about mental capacity as part of the multi-disciplinary assessment.
We will liaise with the community Speech and Language Therapy services to ensure follow up is provided if required.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outpatient service. For patients who require an outpatient or domiciliary appointment, they need to be referred to their local community Speech and Language Therapy service.
For more information please contact our Service Administrator on 0203 447 9289
A service is provided to premature infants, neonates and young children on an inpatient basis. The focus is on early intervention and support for individuals and their families with regard to developmental feeding issues or acquired communication and /or swallowing difficulties. Our specialists, working closely with their multidisciplinary team colleagues, assess and manage the following patients:
- Feeding difficulties related to prematurity, including promoting comfortable digestion as a precursor to progressing to breast or bottle feeding
- Extreme prematurity, supporting families and carers in interpreting and responding to the baby’s behavioural cues. This promotes bonding and brain development. The consultant SLT is trained in NIDCAP*(Newborn Individualised Developmental Care & Assessment Programme)
- Feeding difficulties in babies related to specific conditions such as cleft palate or brain injury. The aim of input is to support safe progression to oral feeding
Young children with:
- Difficulties with swallowing as a result of acquired conditions such as cancer. The aim of management is to reduce risk of infection and to aid adequate nutrition, hydration and medication management in the acute setting
- Difficulties with language for example difficulties finding words or understanding information
- Difficulties with producing clear speech
We are unable to provide an outpatient service however we maintain close links with community agencies to ensure that patients are redirected to the appropriate service, e.g. the Michael Palin Stammering Centre or the Camden Early Years Speech and Language Therapy Service.
For more information please contact our Service Administrator on 0203 447 9289.
We are a team of highly specialist and dedicated speech and language therapists, providing services to head and neck cancer patients as both in-patients and out patients.. As core members of the head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team, we provide care to patients locally and as a national tertiary centre. We have recognised expertise in dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), voice and laryngectomy rehabilitation, tracheostomy, palliative care and research.
Our specialist services:
- Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
- Surface electromyography
- Tongue pressure generation analysi
Surgical Voice Restoration (following laryngectomy) including:
- Air insufflation
- Advanced problem solvin
- Videolaryngeal evaluation
- Computerised voice analysis
We also provide specialist input to the on-treat radiotherapy clinic, maxillofacial surgery clinic and head and neck cancer combined clinic.
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We have a strong commitment to research and audit. Our therapists have published in peer reviewed journals and have presented at national and international conferences. We provide a range of graduate and postgraduate education opportunities, including student placements and lecturing at University College London and City University, London. We also run an internationally renowned FEES course. Team members have served on a number of special interest group committees and regularly advise the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists on national policy and best practice guidelines.