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Adult Speech and Language Therapy

Introduction

We provide a comprehensive service to people with adults who have difficulty with communication including developmental stuttering, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

Who is it for? 

We provide services to clients over 18 registered with a GP in Central and West or East and North of Birmingham who have communication or swallowing difficulties due to:  

  • 6 months post stroke/CVA  
  • other neurological conditions e.g. Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, and dementia.  

Please note there are separate services for Adults with Learning Disabilities, and Specialist Voice difficulties. We are unable to provide a service for clients with Predominant  Mental Health related difficulties. (See referral criteria on referral form).

Who provides it? 

HCPC registered Qualified Specialist Speech and Language Therapists, with relevant dysphagia /dysfluency training. Therapy assistants, Administrative staff, Speech & Language Therapy Students.

If you are unable to attend a clinic due to health or mobility problems you may be seen at home. We also see clients in residential and nursing homes, Hospices; John Taylor, or Rehabilitation centres; Normal Power, Ann Marie Howes, Perry Trees.

All dysfluency clients are seen at Stockland Green Primary Care Centre.  

What happens at your appointment? 

You or your carer or Nurse will be contacted by telephone for an initial triage. Following discussion about your  referral we will prioritise the need and endeavour to see you within the categorised priority times for an initial assessment. The initial assessment of your needs usually takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour. If it is felt that you need Speech and Language Therapy, you will be offered an agreed number of appointments. This will be provided in the clinic that is most convenient for you. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend clinic assessment and therapy may be provided in your own home. Dysfluency waiting times may be longer, you will have initial assessment, followed by individual or group therapy sessions.

What can I do to help myself?

This depends upon your individual difficulties. Your speech and language therapist may suggest strategies to help with your communication or swallowing or may give you certain exercises or tasks for you to carry out in-between sessions. It is important for you to follow the advice given in order to get maximum benefit from Speech and Language Therapy.

Information for client, carers/ family members:

The adult speech and language referral form is available to download below. For your convenience, the form is supplied as a Microsoft Word document and as an editable Adobe PDF file. Please complete whichever version you prefer.

If you have difficulty completing the referral form, or any general queries, please call the department on 0121 466 2150 for help and advice. You may ask to speak to Team Leader, Surbjit Ghag-Kaur. 

For Professionals: Referral form below. Please ensure all areas are completed on the referral  form. The form may be faxed directly to the department on 0121 466 2214.

Surbjit.kaur@nhs.net   Surbjit.kaur@bhamcommunity.nhs.uk

(please do not send any patient-identifiable information by email.
Please send referrals by post or fax only. Telephone referrals cannot be accepted.)

Referral form


Contact Us

Service Manager
Ann Anderson

Fort Dunlop Speech and Language Therapy Team
c/o NHS Property Services
Receipt & Distribution Centre
Devon Street
Nechells
Birmingham B7 4SN

Tel: 0121 466 2150

Fax: 0121 466 2214

Referral Form

(Please send referrals by post or fax only.)