Speech and Language therapy

Speech and language therapists provide assessment, diagnosis, treatment and support for children and adults of all ages who have difficulties with speech, language, communication, eating, drinking and swallowing.

Speech and language therapists work directly with service users and their carers to provide them with individualised support. They also work closely with teachers, doctors, nurses, other Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and psychologists to develop intervention programmes according to the service user’s individual needs.

Speech and language therapists play a key role in rehabilitation, improving the quality of people’s lives and helping them to achieve their potential. They provide guidance and advice on how to help promote the best quality care and support for those with communication and swallowing difficulties.

They work in a variety of locations across health and social care, local communities , education facilities, voluntary agencies and in the independent sector.

Speech and language therapists encourage service users and/or carers to be involved in their own care by providing information and encouraging active participation in the intervention process. They aim to support and empower service users or families to manage the communication difficulty themselves.

How to access the service

Patients who have difficulty communicating or swallowing can be referred by a variety of people eg Doctor, health visitor, teacher or parent.  If a GP is referring a voice patient, the referral must include an up to date ENT report.

  • In hospital (Adult & Child Inpatient)

Patients are referred to Speech & Language Therapy by Medical or Nursing Staff for assessment and advice according to their need.

  • In the Community (Adult & Child Outpatient)

Adults living in North or West Belfast:
Call Management Centre on (028) 9063 5300.

Adults living in South or East Belfast:
Call Management Centre on 028 9056 5565.


For Children:

All referrals require parental consent.
Children [0-16 years] living in north or west Belfast:
Call Management Centre on (028) 9063 5300.

Children [0-16 years] living in south or east Belfast:
Call Management Centre on 028 9056 5565.