Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) provide life-improving treatment, support and care for individuals who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing. SLTs assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them communicate better. They also assess, treat and develop personalized plans to support people who have eating and swallowing problems.
Input from a qualified Speech and Language Therapist is provided to inpatients over the age of 16 at the Royal Orthopedic hospital. This service is for people who have problems with speech, voice, language and/or swallowing. This can be the result of an illness or surgical procedure.
The Speech and Language Team is available via 0121 371 3483.
The Speech and Language service for inpatients
If you are having an operation the team will discuss beforehand how that may affect your speech or swallowing, then to help you regain, as much as possible, your ability to eat, drink and talk after surgery.
If you are experiencing speech, language, voice and /or swallowing problems during your stay, you may be seen by a speech and language therapist. They will assess, diagnose and provide appropriate management for these difficulties.
Additionally, if you or a relative notice any swallowing and/or communication problems, please ask the ward staff to refer to the speech and language therapy team.
Below is a list of useful resources to support your practice when caring for individuals with swallowing and communication difficulties.