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Adult Speech and Language Therapy

The Solent NHS Trust Adult SLT service supports people aged 16 and above with a range of communication and eating, drinking and swallowing needs. SLT services are provided across Portsmouth City, Havant and East Hants, Fareham and Gosport, Southampton City, West Hants, Romsey and the New Forest. Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are based in and cover acute hospitals, community hospitals and a full range of community settings e.g. patient homes, residential homes, day centres and colleges. The acute team at Southampton General Hospital and Queen Alexandra Hospital also provide an in-patient service to the infant and children’s wards on site.

Referral Criteria

The Adult SLT Service provides intervention and management of communication and eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties for clients aged 16yrs and over, living within the catchment area described above or patients from a wider area if they have been referred to a regional unit covered by Solent SLT. On the acute hospitals sites referrals for the acute in-patient paediatric service are also included.

This service operates an open referral system. This means that anybody with communication difficulties may be referred to SLT, including self-referral.  In practice the majority of referrals are received from Consultant Physicians and Surgeons, GPs, nursing colleagues including Health Visitors, any member of the multi-disciplinary team involved in the patient care and colleagues from Social Services departments.

 Referrals can be made in writing, by telephone and in Portsmouth, via the Single Point of Access system. In Southampton, all in-patient referrals are made via an electronic system, eQuest.

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Contact Information

Contact Lynn Dangerfield
Phone 023 92682624
Address Speech and Language Therapy Dept, St James Hospital, Locksway Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO4 8LD
 

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


Additional opening hours information
The service operates between the core hours of 8.30am – 5pm on weekdays. No service is provided at weekends or bank holidays.

Additional Information for Health Professional

Full service description

The diverse adult SLT team provides an in-patient, out-patient and domiciliary service to people with stroke, progressive neurological conditions, adults with learning disabilities, frail elderly/Older Persons Mental Health, cancer, head injury, respiratory conditions, voice disorders and stammering.

SLTs are involved in one-to-one and group therapy, delivering training (to patients, carers and multidisciplinary colleagues etc), carer support, contributing to specialist clinics (e.g. laryngectomy clinics) and instrumental swallowing assessments such as videofluroscopy and fibre optic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (F.E.E.S.).

Quality is assured through the use of care pathways based on research evidence, outcome measures, audits and local research. The service also runs patient and public involvement events, satisfaction surveys and provides a range of patient information in different formats.

Local clinical expertise has led to numerous innovations which include the Portsmouth Accessible Information website, community HEN (Home Enteral Nutrition) service, MTA (Mealtime Assistance) programme, virtual rehabilitation and intensive group therapy for people with aphasia.

Work from the local SLT service has also led to local, national and international achievements including conference presentations, publications and contribution to national guidance.

Referral Criteria

The Adult SLT Service provides intervention and management of communication and eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties for clients aged 16yrs and over, living within the catchment area described above or patients from a wider area if they have been referred to a regional unit covered by Solent SLT. On the acute hospitals sites referrals for the acute in-patient paediatric service are also included.

This service operates an open referral system. This means that anybody with communication difficulties may be referred to SLT, including self-referral.  In practice the majority of referrals are received from Consultant Physicians and Surgeons, GPs, nursing colleagues including Health Visitors, any member of the multi-disciplinary team involved in the patient care and colleagues from Social Services departments.

 Referrals can be made in writing, by telephone and in Portsmouth, via the Single Point of Access system. In Southampton, all in-patient referrals are made via an electronic system, eQuest.

Other information & documentation

Portsmouth:

Queen Alexandra Hospital
Tel. 023 9228 6147 
Fax 023 9228 6839

 

Southampton:

Royal South Hants Hospital:
Tel: 023 8082 5794 
Fax: 023 80825790

SnowdonHouse:                     Tel: 023 8029 6206

                                                 Fax: 023 8069 8488

 

LymingtonNew Forest Hospital: Tel: 01590 663 337

                                                    Fax: 01590 663 083

Clinical Lead Contact Info

Clinical Lead Lynn Dangerfield
Clinical Lead Title SLT Team Lead
Clinical Lead Phone 023 92682624
Clinical Lead Address Speech and Language Therapy Department St James Hospital Locksway Road Portsmouth PO48LD
Clinical Lead e-mail Lynn.Dangerfield@solent.nhs.uk

Service Manager Contact Info

Service Manager Lisa Lee
Service Manager Title Operations Director
Service Manager Address Turner Centre St James Hospital Milton Southsea Hants
Service Manager Postcode PO4 8LD
Service Manager e-mail Lisa.Lee@solent.nhs.uk
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