Speech & Language Therapy - Adult

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Speech & Language Therapy - Adult

Providing assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management for people with acquired voice, speech, language, communication and/or swallowing disorders and difficulties.

Contact This Service

Phone

01621 727259

Fax

0300 303 9968

About This Service

Eligibility criteria

Adults (18+) who are registered with a GP in the NHS Mid Essex area, and have an acquired condition.

Service details

We treat people with acquired voice, speech, language, communication and/or swallowing disorders and difficulties. These include:

  • Stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, critical care, chest infection, aspiration pneumonia, dehydration and nutritional compromise, head and neck cancer, voice pathologies and end-of-life care.
  • Long-term conditions, including neurological ones such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis.
  • Associated speech and language pathologies, such as aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, dyspraxia, cognitive language processing difficulties and dysphonia.

We are not able to treat people with developmental disorders which persist into adulthood.

We provide patient-centred, individualised packages of care according to need to inpatients, outpatients and patients in acute, intermediate and community care.

We train other staff groups to screen for dysphagia and to help manage patients with communication and swallowing difficulties.

We also take on Speech & Language Therapy students for weekly or block placements to develop their clinical skills.

Service Delivery

We run sessions at various times Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm. We offer a range of booked appointments, including individual appointments, group workshops and home visits.

We run outpatient treatment sessions at:

  • Various clinics in Chelmsford
  • Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford (voice appointments only)
  • Braintree Community Hospital
  • St Peter’s Hospital in Maldon

We provide inpatient care at:

  • Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford
  • St Peter’s Hospital in Maldon
  • Braintree Community Hospital

Referral process

You can be referred by any healthcare professional, such as a GP, district nurse, health visitor or dentist.

Or you can refer yourself directly using the details in the contacts box on this page, unless you’re a

dysphagia, voice, or head and neck cancer patient, when the following applies:

  • Dysphagia: you need medical consent for assessment so talk to a member of your multi-disciplinary team.
  • Voice: you must have had a laryngeal examination by an ear nose and throat (ENT) consultant or suitably qualified practitioner.
  • Head and neck cancer: referrals are made by your medical/nursing team as part of a tumour staging and management plan.

We will contact you within 18 weeks of referral.

Customer survey results for this service

  • 100% said the clinic was clean.
  • 100% said they had confidence in the therapist they saw.
  • 100% said the therapist had a professional approach.
  • 100% said they understood what the therapist said to them and that information was given in a way they could understand.
  • 100% said they were treated with respect and that they were involved as much as they wanted to be in decisions about their care and treatment.

Click here to find out more about customer surveys of this service.

When & Where

We provide this service at a number of locations. To find the location nearest to you, enter your postcode into the field below and then click ‘Submit’.

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  • Resolve your problems or concerns
  • Provide advice and support
  • Answer your questions
  • Point you in the right direction of useful information and support

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