As a result of the coronavirus outbreak we are ceasing all face to face routine outpatient appointments.
We will continue to support dysphagia care for inpatients at the James Paget University Hospital and work alongside the Early Supported Discharge (Stroke) team in the community.
If you have any concerns please contact us on the number below. Thank you for your understanding at this time.
Please note: a face covering must be worn when attending any ECCH outpatient clinic or appointment, or if one of our staff is visiting you at home. The face covering may be homemade.
Adult Speech & Language Therapy
We have a dedicated team of Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) treating patients with communication and swallowing difficulties.
The team consists of therapists working on the acute wards at The James Paget University Hospital, in the Early Supported Discharge team for stroke care and in the community visiting locations such as community hospitals and clinics as well as in patients’ homes.
Communication difficulties can include difficulty speaking, understanding, reading and writing in addition to voice difficulties or stammering. Speech and Language Therapists assess for any difficulties and provide advice for maximising communication skills in addition to providing a therapy plan if appropriate.
Swallowing difficulties are also assessed by Speech and Language Therapists. We will offer support and guidance on ways to make eating and drinking as safe and comfortable as possible.
Communication and swallowing difficulties can be caused by a range of conditions such as brain injury (e.g. stroke or an accident), progressive neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis) or from a range of other illnesses or conditions.
Speech and Language Therapists work in conjunction with other health care professionals and carers to give advice and support to maximise a persons quality of life.
Our clinic locations are:
- Kirkley Mill Health Centre, Clifton Road, Kirkley, Lowestoft, NR33 0HH
- Shrublands Health Centre, Madgalen Way, Gorleston, NR31 7BP
We also provide a Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Service across Norfolk and Waveney.
How to refer into our service
If you have swallowing difficulties you can be referred to our service by your GP or Specialist Nurse.
Communication referrals can be made by your GP, Health Professional or you can self-refer.
Referrals for our voice clinics come via the Ear Nose and Throat department (ENT).