We provide inpatient and outpatient services for adults with a variety of communication and/or swallowing disorders. There are multiple causes for communication and swallowing disorders and the role of the SaLT is to assess and diagnose the difficulty, hypothesis the cause, establish potential for improvement and provide management, treatment, therapy or rehabilitation.
Patient groups in adults
- Progressive neurological disorders eg Parkinson’s, MND, multiple sclerosis.
- Brain injury
- Spinal injury
- Respiratory illness
- Voice and ENT disorders
- Head and neck cancers and facial surgery
- Autoimmune disorders eg gullian barre
- Learning disabilities
- Patients with altered airways and/or requiring ventilator support
- Anterior cervical spine surgery.
Speech, language, and swallow difficulties
- Dysphagia – swallowing difficulty
- Dysphonia – hoarse, breathy or harsh voice quality
- Dysarthria – slurred speech
- Dysphasia – difficulties understanding speech or reading and/or difficulties expressing yourself and finding the right words and phrases.
- Cognitive/thinking disorders that affect your communication and interaction with others.
Standards and Networks
We adhere to the standards of the Health and Care professions Council and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists ensuring our practice is informed by current evidence, clinical guidelines and professional standards. We continue our professional development throughout our careers.
We see all patients referred on the wards with speech, language and swallowing difficulties including those with tracheostomies.
We see patients presenting with communication, voice or swallowing difficulties in outpatient clinics either face to face or virtually.
We offer instrumental assessments for swallowing disorders where appropriate:
This is a detailed filmed x-ray of swallowing a variety of food and fluid consistencies. This enables the therapist to trial different textures, consistencies, techniques and strategies and is an objective assessment of the risk of aspiration (food and fluid entering the lungs).
Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)
This involves passing a small endoscope with a camera on the end through a nostril and into the throat. This enables a dynamic assessment of the structure and function of the throat as you eat, drink and swallow.
Both procedures can take place during an inpatient stay or as an outpatient appointment. They can be recorded and you are able to review the images with your therapist to examine risks and to make plans and decisions about eating and drinking safely.
Where we are
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Services at the Royal Sussex County Hospital includes inpatients, stroke, neurosciences.
01273 696955 Ext. 64891/64931/64213
Head and neck service 01273 696955 Ext. 67211
Princess Royal Hospital
Princess Royal Hospital
At the Princess Royal Hospital we offer inpatients and outpatients, including the Sussex Rehabilitation Centre (SRC). Specialist clinics include outpatient voice, outpatient neurology and videofluoroscopy.
UHSussex voice and ENT service hub 01444 441881 Ext. 68057
Inpatients 01444 441881 Ext. 68057
Sussex rehabilitation inpatient centre – SALT 01444 441881 Ext. 65770
St Richard's Hospital
Services at St Richard’s Hospital includes inpatients and stroke.
01243 788122 Ext. 35205
01903 205111 Ext. 85582