About our speech and language therapy service
Adult inpatients: Our team of speech and language therapists assess, treat and manage inpatients with acquired swallowing and communication disorders and altered airways (tracheostomy and laryngectomy) across the acute hospital setting. These include general medical, respiratory, gastroenterology, surgical, oncology, medicine for the elderly and critical care complex and acute stroke unit.
In addition the speech and language therapy team works closely with our therapy colleagues, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and dieticians to assess and manage patients with newly acquired swallow and communication disorders, either as a result of stroke, neuro trauma, or a new neurological diagnosis.. During in patient stays our teams liaise closely with our MDT colleagues, carers and family as well as our community partners. Referrals for a swallowing assessment need to be made by the treating medical team only, communication referrals are accepted from all health professionals.
Adult outpatients Our Adult Speech and Language Therapy team acceptsoutpatient referrals from NMUH Respiratory and Gastroenterology Consultants only, to assist with diagnosis of more complex swallowing disorders. A written referral is required from your NMUH Consultant. and should be sent to:
In addition we participate in a Consultant led persistent cough clinic.
Head and neck service
The head and neck Speech and Language Therapy team provides a specialist service to inpatients and outpatients who may experience difficulties following treatment for head and neck cancer. Our highly trained Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) have expertise in dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), speech, voice, trismus (difficulties with jaw opening), laryngectomy rehabilitation, tracheostomy management and palliative care.
Our vision is to ensure that patients with communication, voice and swallowing difficulties following cancer treatment receive the highest standard of management and rehabilitation that is individualised to their needs, whether in the acute or longer-term stages. Our intervention is offered with the aim of maximising potential outcomes and quality of life for our patients.
We are part of the London Cancer Vanguard in partnership with UCLH- Cancer Collaborative and work closely with other London hospitals including Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow. As core members of the head and neck cancer multidisciplinary team (MDT), our SLTs work closely with specialist doctors and allied health professionals to ensure that the care provided is seamless, safe, efficient and centred on the patient.
Children's speech and language therapy
Our paediatric speech and language therapists provide a specialist service to neonates, babies and children on the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), Starlight and Rainbow Wards. We are involved in patient assessment, differential diagnosis and programmes of intervention for premature babies, neonates and children who have feeding and swallowing difficulties.
We see babies and children who have been referred by their NMUH Consultant, for feeding and swallowing assessments.
Videofluoroscopy: also known as modified barium swallow
We run a twice weekly clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays for inpatients and outpatients. Videofluoroscopy is a dynamic x-ray of your swallow sometimes referred to as a modified barium swallow, it allows us to look at your swallow function and helps guide our treatment and rehabilitation of your swallowing.