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Speech and Language

Therapy

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 We are a team of Speech and Language Therapists, providing a service to patients in our inpatient and outpatient settings.  We specialise in the assessment, treatment and management of patients with a wide range of communication, voice and /or swallowing difficulties. We help people with a variety of conditions such as head and neck cancers, voice disorders, neurological conditions and respiratory conditions. Following our assessment, advice and/or treatment plans will be developed to meet the individual needs and may include:

  • Provision of advice and strategies to maximise current function. For patients with swallowing difficulties, this may involve modification of consistencies and textures of food and drink, swallowing postures and /or manoeuvres where appropriate.
  • Therapy to rehabilitate impaired function
  • Education of carers
  • Advice on communication aids
  • Onward referral for instrumental assessments, e.g. such as an x-ray of the swallowing or videofluroscopy, or F.E.E.S (Fibreoptic Nasendoscopic Evaluation of the Swallowing)

Once I had done my first language assessment I was really excited as I had made my first formal diagnosis. I felt like all my hard work had paid off.

Chantelle Allen
Speech and Languge 

OUR PEOPLE, THEIR INSIGHTS
– CHANTELLE ALLEN

Chantelle talks about her experiences and career progression whilst working at The Dudley Group as a Speech and Language Therapist.

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Our

Patients

We see patients with a range of diagnoses including:

  • Head and Neck Cancers (e.g. cancers of the mouth and throat).
  • Stroke.
  • A range of neurological conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s Disease).
  • Dementia.
  • Respiratory conditions.
  • ENT disorders.
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We also provide patients with instrumental swallow assessments through our weekly Videofluoroscopic Swallow Study (VFSS) clinics and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES).

Deliver a joint SLT/ENT Voice Clinic

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LINKS TO USEFUL RESOURCES

Further information and resources about speech and language therapy

Below are some useful website links.

Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s UK 

Motor Neurone Disease Assoication
MNDA
Macmillan Cancer Care
Macmillan UK

The Brain Injury Association
Headway

Professional Membership Body for ENT Surgery
ENT UK

For Professional Voice Users
British Voice Association

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