- Head and Neck Cancer service also offered in St Helens
Description of service
We are a community based team comprising qualified Speech and Language Therapists with the knowledge and skills to provide a high quality service including assessment, advice, support and rehabilitation for people experiencing communication, swallowing and voice difficulties.
We aim to support our service users in improving their participation in everyday life and keep the impact of their swallowing or communication difficulty to a minimum. This can be achieved via direct intervention with the service user, and/or supporting others via training, education and consultative interventions.
Who can access the service?
Adults in the community with a GP in the Runcorn and Widnes areas can access our service with acquired difficulties with communication or swallowing related to:
- A brain injury, stroke or cerebrovascular disease
- A progressive neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, Dementia and Motor Neurone Disease
- A voice disorder (e.g. hoarseness) following an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Examination
- Head and Neck cancer*
* Adults in the community with swallowing or communication difficulties associated with head and neck cancer can also access this service if the GP is St. Helens area.
How can people access the service?
The adult Speech and Language Therapy operate an open referral system, meaning referrals can be made by a GP or Consultant, nurse, carer or family member, and that self-referrals are also accepted. A form is given below.
The only exception is for clients experiencing voice disorders where information about a recent examination of the voice box (laryngoscopy) via an Ear, Nose and Throat Department is required in order to accept the referral.
Where is the service offered?
Service users are seen in a variety of outpatient locations including the Health Care Resource Centre in Widnes, Beaconsfield Surgery in Widnes, the Independent Living Centre in Runcorn, Halton Hospital in Runcorn and Lowe House in St. Helens.
For patients who cannot access outpatient locations, the service is also offered in people’s homes, residential homes and nursing homes. The Administrative Base is at Lister Road in Runcorn.
Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service
Telephone: 01928 593765
Textphone: 18001 01928 593765
Fax: 01928 569532
The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)
Our National Professional Body
Communication difficulties after a stroke/aphasia and dysarthria
British Voice Association
National Association for Voice Disorders
National Association for Stammering
Useful related charities