Speech and language therapy
The speech and language
therapy service is for adults (aged 16 or over) and provides
evidence-based assessment and treatment of acquired speech,
language, voice (communication) and/or swallowing
We work in partnership with individuals and
their families or carers, and other professions and agencies,
to reduce the impact of communication and/or swallowing
difficulties on people’s wellbeing and their ability to participate
in daily life.
We provide both an inpatient and outpatient
services, and work with people with the following
- Acquired brain injury
- Head and neck cancer and laryngectomy
- Progressive neurological disease such as
motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and parkinson's
- Voice disorder
We will also see people who have not had a
confirmed diagnosis but who are experiencing newly acquired
communication and/or swallowing difficulties.
The outpatient service takes referrals from
hospital doctors/consultants, GPs and specialist nurses from Poole
and Bournemouth locality.
The inpatient service covers all adult wards
in the hospital including elderly care, medical, surgical, critical care, trauma and orthopaedics, oncology and palliative care. We accept referrals
for patients under any hospital consultant.
We also have therapists working as part of
specialist multidisciplinary teams on the stroke unit, acquired
brain injury unit and within the head and neck cancer
team. We work in close liaison with physiotherapists, occupational
therapists, dietitians, radiographers and neuropsychologists.
We are involved in joint clinics
with these departments:
- Videofluoroscopy clinic
- Head and neck clinic
- ENT voice clinic
- Radiotherapy clinics
Physiotherapy is part of the therapy services department, which
also includes occupational therapy, orthotics and speech and