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Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)

The Speech & Language Therapy department at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital provides assessment, diagnosis, advice and treatment for adults with acquired disorders of communication and swallowing. We offer advice and training to health care professionals, as well as second opinions external to the trust. The department works closely with colleagues in ENT/Head & Neck Surgery, Stroke and General Medicine, including regular participation in multidisciplinary meetings. We liaise regularly and provide onward referral to community services and other specialist centres.

Clinics

Outpatient clinics for Head and Neck/ENT – variable

SLT led endoscopy clinic for voice (see referral process) – Monday morning

Procedures Provided

  • Acute inpatient SLT across all hospital wards (excluding NICU and paediatrics)
  • Acute and hyperacute inpatient stroke SLT
  • Head and Neck inpatient SLT
  • Outpatient Head and Neck SLT
  • Outpatient Voice SLT
  • Videofluoroscopy in conjunction with Radiology Department
  • Specialist Voice Clinic in conjunction with ENT department
  • Head and Neck Clinic in conjunction with ENT/OMF/Oncology departments

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Referral Process

  • Outpatient voice referrals (if already seen by ENT) can be made via ICE or letter
  • SLT led endoscopy clinic – refer by Choose and Book (if patient does not fit the criteria for this clinic, please refer into general ENT clinic)

Useful Contacts

  • Service Manager
    Cathy O'Mahony
    01582 497048
    cathryn.omahony@ldh.nhs.uk
  • Macmillan Clinical Lead SLT Head & Neck:
    Jenny Hunt
    01582 497049
  • General Manager
    Louise Young
    01582 497210
    Louise.Young@ldh.nhs.uk
  • Stroke and Acute SLT Inpatient Lead:
    Niki Freedman
    01582 497049
  • Outpatients booking department:
    01582 561385
  • Direct Line:
    01582 497049
  • Secretary:
    01582 497124
  • Switchboard
    01582 491166