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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, South East Hants, Fareham and Gosport, Southampton City and South West Hants. Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are based in community hospitals or alongside health and social care multidisciplinary teams and see clients in a range of community settings e.g. patient homes, residential homes and day centres.

Referral Criteria

The Adult SLT Service provides intervention and management of communication 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. 

This service operates an open referral system. This means that anyone can refer to SLT, including our clients.  In practice the majority of referrals are received from Physicians and Surgeons, GPs, nursing colleagues including nursing home staff, any member of the multi-disciplinary team involved in the patient care and colleagues from Social Services departments.

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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 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 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 Solent Adult Speech and Language Therapy teams provide a range of services including community in-patient, out-patient and domiciliary services to people with stroke, progressive neurological conditions, adults with learning disabilities, frail elderly, people with dementia, head and neck cancer, head injury, voice disorders and stammering.

SLTs provide assessment and where indicated, goal based one-to-one or group therapy as well as support and information for patients, carers and multidisciplinary colleagues.

Quality is assured through the use of care pathways based on research evidence, national guidance, outcome measures, audits and local research. The service has also run patient and public involvement events, satisfaction surveys and is able to provide a range of patient information in accessible formats.

Local clinical expertise and research has led to numerous innovations which include the Portsmouth Accessible Information website, community HEN (Home Enteral Nutrition) service, intensive group therapy for people with aphasia and evidence based interventions for dementia carers.

Work developed from within the Solent 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 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. 

This service operates an open referral system. This means that anyone can refer to SLT, including our clients.  In practice the majority of referrals are received from Physicians and Surgeons, GPs, nursing colleagues including nursing home staff, any member of the multi-disciplinary team involved in the patient care and colleagues from Social Services departments.

Referral Method

For services in the West around Southampton City and South West Hampshire, referrals should be made in writing or by telephone on 02380 825794 to the Speech and Language Therapy Department at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Brintons Terrance, Southampton, SO14 0YG.

For services in the East around Portsmouth city, Fareham, Gosport and South East Hampshire, referrals should be made via the Single Point of Access telephone help line on 0300 300 2011. This service operates seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. 

Accurate and detailed referral information is required in order to conduct triage and prioritisation. When you refer, you will be asked for;

- Patient contact details including address and telephone

- Referrer contact details including address, telephone and email

- Reason for referral (communication or swallowing)

- Relevant medical history

- Abilities and difficulties with communication

- How communication difficulties affect well-being and lifestyle

- For swallowing referrals;

         - What consistency of food and fluids they are currently taking

         - Whether they are coughing when eating and drinking

         - History of any chest infections or choking

         - Duration of the swallowing difficulty

         - Recent weight loss or dehydration

         - Difficulty swallowing medication

- Referrers and clients level of concern

- Whether the referral is urgent and if so why

- Whether the client lives alone, if a home visit is needed and if so why

- Family and next of kin details

Other information & documentation

The clinical services manager for Solent SLT services in the West is;

Natalie Windebank

Speech and Language Therapy Department

The Western Community Hospital

William McCleod Way

Southampton

SO16 4XE

Telephone 02380 296206

 

The Lead Speech and Language therapist for services in the East is Lynn Dangerfield (contact details above).

 

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 Inpatient and Specialist Services Lead
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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