We work with adults (18 and above) with acquired communication, voice or swallowing disorders, because of neurological or physical impairment:
- communication impairments including difficulty producing and using speech, or difficulty understanding or using language
- voice impairments including voice loss as a result of structural change or misuse
- swallowing impairments including difficulty with feeding, chewing or swallowing
The majority of our clients have a diagnosis of:
- brain injury
- progressive neurological condition such as motor neurone disease or Parkinson’s disease
- dementia (for swallowing only)
- cancer of the mouth or throat
- physical disability
- structural changes to anatomy e.g. pharyngeal pouch
- chronic medical conditions such as COPD, which may lead to swallowing difficulty.
Our clients live in Oxfordshire and need to be registered with an Oxfordshire GP.
The service supports adults who have the following types of problems:
- Difficulty producing and using speech.
- Difficulty understanding or using language.
- Difficulty with feeding, chewing or swallowing.
- A stammer.
- A voice problem.
- Learning disability.
- Physical disability.
- Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease.
- Cancer of the mouth and throat.
- Head injury.
- Swallowing difficulties associated with dementia.
The service has an open referral system, accepting referrals from all health professionals or directly from the client.
Any health professional can make a referral, as can clients and their carers.
Fill in our referral form, and email it to AdultSLT@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk