Speech and Language therapy

Speech and language therapists assess and work with children and adults with communication and swallowing problems. They provide assessment, diagnosis and management of the following:

  • mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties physical disabilities
  • Speech and language delay or impairment
  • hearing impairment
  • cleft palate
  • stammering
  • voice disorders
  • eating and swallowing and/or communication problems following eg stroke, Cancer or Parkinson's disease
  • developmental feeding disorder


How to access the service

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

In the Community (Outpatient)

For Children
All referrals require parental consent.
This service has an open referral system which accepts referrals from all sources eg parents, carer , health professionals, teachers etc.

Children [0-16 years] living in north or west Belfast:
refer to the service via Call Management Centre on (028) 9063 5300.

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

For Adults
This service has an open referral system which accepts referrals from all sources.  Patients who have difficulty communicating 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.

Adults living in North or West Belfast:
refer to the service via Call Management Centre on (028) 9063 5300.

Adults living in South or East Belfast:
refer to the service via Call Management Centre on 028 9056 5565.