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Adult Speech and Language Therapy service

The Speech and Language Therapy team offers assessment and treatment for in-patients, outpatient and community based patients over the age of 18 with acquired speech, communication and/or swallowing difficulties, with voice problems, head and neck cancer and after Laryngectomy.

The team are all qualified and registered Speech and Language Therapists who deliver the service in accordance with their professional body the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Inpatient Service

Our Speech and Language Therapists work with adult inpatients across a range of areas including acute rehabilitation, critical care, palliative care, head and neck cancer, elderly care, neurological impairment, cardiac and respiratory care.

Inpatient Stroke Service

The Stroke Service at Leighton Hospital comprises of inpatient care for people who have had a stroke. The Stroke Unit is based on Ward 6 and has 28 beds. Eight of these are for acute stroke patients; the rest are for patients' ongoing rehabilitation.

The Stroke Unit provides high quality care for anyone over the age of 16 who has suffered a stroke or Transient Ischaemic attack.

How are services accessed?

Referrals are initiated by multi-disciplinary team members who are looking after the patients on the ward.

Opening times

Monday- Friday, 8.30am- 4.30pm

Contact details

Leighton Hospital: 01270 612342

Outpatient Service - Head and Neck Cancer

Head and neck cancer is a general name for many different cancers. including those of the mouth, thyroid, throat and in more rare cases, cancers of the salivary gland, nose, sinuses, middle ear and bones of head and neck.

As a result of head and neck cancer, a person may experience difficulties speaking and/or eating and drinking. These difficulties can also occur after surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Our specialist Speech and Language Therapists will provide assessment, treatment, support and advice to help a person lead as normal a life as possible.

Can I have my speaking valve changed at Leighton Hospital?

For laryngectomy patients who require valve changes after surgical voice restoration, clinics are available at 9am, Monday - Wednesday (call 01270 612206 for more information).

How do I access the service?

You are likely to be referred by your Consultant or by one of the Speech and Language Therapists at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre following your treatment.

Opening times

Monday- Friday, 8.30am- 4.30pm

Useful links

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/head-and-neck : from the National Cancer Institute

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/cancerinformation/cancertypes/headneck/headneckcancers.aspx : from MacMilllan

http://cancerhelp.cancerresearchuk.org/type/head-and-neck-cancer/ : from Cancer Research

http://www.mouthsmadegood.com/en-gb/about-om.asp : from Mouths Made Good

Outpatients - Voice Service

Our highly skilled Speech and Language Therapists (also known as voice therapists) provide an outpatient service to those people experiencing difficulties with their voice.

We are used to seeing a wide variety of people with voice problems, including those who use their voice professionally such as teachers, performers and call centre workers. There are many reasons why somebody may experience difficulties with their voice such as medical conditions, misuse, stress and even acid reflux.

How do I access the service?

We accept referrals from Ear Nose and Throat consultants once a nasendoscopy has been performed. This involves a small camera being passed through the nose so that the doctor can assess the health of the larynx (voice box). This state of the art technology helps to decide if voice therapy is required.

Opening times

Monday – Friday, 8.00am – 16.00pm at Leighton Hospital

A limited service can be accessed at Victoria Infirmary Northwich on a Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm until 4pm.

Contact details

Leighton Hospital - 01270 255141 ext 2838

Northwich Infirmary ­- 01606 564003

Useful links

http://www.voicecare.org.uk/ is an organisation that aims to help people keep their voices healthy and to communicate effectively

http://www.british-voice-association.com/ is a UK based charity that offers training and support for those with voice problems

SLT Service within the Community Stroke Team

The Speech and Language Therapists based in the Community Stroke Team offer communication and/or swallowing assessment, treatment and support to people (and their families/carers) who have had a stroke, following their discharge from hospital. The service can work with people for up to 16 weeks, whilst they have active SLT goals and needs.

How do I access the service?

The service is base at Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre, Crewe, but see people in their own homes, nursing or residential homes.

Referrals are made to the team via referral form.

Contact details

Eagle Bridge Health and Wellbeing Centre - 01270 275691


SLT Service within the Community Rehabilitation Team

Our aim is to work with people to enable them to improve the quality of their lives by providing therapies in their own home. We provide specialist assessment of patients with a wide range of conditions including Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone Disease, Arthritis, Fractures, Joint Replacements, Falls and Respiratory problems.

A member of the Speech and Language Therapy team will assess your communication skills. They will work with you to help improve any difficulties with speech and language, reading or writing. An individualised therapy plan will help you to function as well as possible in your environment. Any difficulties with eating, drinking or swallowing will be assessed and appropriate advice given to help you eat and drink as safely as possible. This may include practical advice about specialised feeding utensils and suitable diet and fluid textures.

How do I access the service?

The service provides care for patients if they are housebound or patients who are to poorly / frail to attend an outpatient therapy appointment. Referrals are made to the team via a referral form from the GP, Consultant or Therapy Staff.

Opening times

The core service hours are 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Friday

Contact details

Victoria Infirmary, Northwich - 01606 544277

Bevan House, Barony Court, Nantwich - 01270 275429

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