Speech and language therapists (S<s) are allied health professionals working with children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking or swallowing.
They work closely with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors.
There are nearly 14,000 S<s in the UK, based in a variety of different settings including the NHS, schools, charities, and private practice. They work in community health centres, hospital wards, outpatient departments, mainstream schools, special schools, assessment units, day centres, and in people’s homes.
Two teams of S<s work with in patients at Southport District General Hospital. They work with patients who have:
We aim to ensure that patients are able to swallow safely, and this may involve changes to their diet.
Referrals are via the medical teams on the wards at both hospitals
Stroke Association: www.stroke.org.uk
Motor Neurone Disease Association: www.mndassociation.org
Parkinsons UK: www.parkinsons.org.uk
Dementia UK: www.dementiauk.org
Multiple Sclerosis Society: mssociety.org.uk
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists www.rcslt.org
Lorna Smith (stroke)
Liz Jones (medical / surgical service)
Tel: 01704 547471 ext 4940 (stroke) or ext 5115 (medical/ surgical)
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