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Speech and language

Description of service

The adult Speech and Language Therapy service is based within the various UH Bristol hospitals, Knowle Clinic and Hampton House. It provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment to both inpatients and outpatients with acquired disorders of communication and swallowing.

Inpatients are generally seen on the wards whilst outpatients can be seen within the SLT departments or where clinically necessary in their own homes. Patients are treated either individually or in small groups where appropriate and there is emphasis on helping people function more effectively within their environment. Carers and relatives are therefore involved in developing relevant treatment plans and are supported in their care, particularly on discharge.

Areas of excellence

Stammering - Knowle Clinic and Hampton House.

Stroke - acute and rehabilitation - BRI.

Neurological conditions - BRI.

Voice - St Michael's Hospital.

Head and neck cancer - St Michael's Hospital and Oncology (BHOC).

Treatments offered


  • Thorough assessment of clinical disorder
  • Rehabilitation to improve the level of function
  • Support and maintenance of function through working both individually and in small groups
  • Education and support of carers to facilitate easier communication.
  • Provision of information about the specific condition to increase understanding.
  • Training in the use of alternative communication techniques, including electronic aids.
  • Forging links with appropriate local support groups such as Bristol Area Stroke Foundation.


  • In depth assessment of the clinical disorder which may include a video x-ray.
  • Advising on safe practice and procedures which may include whether it is safe to take anything by mouth
  • Advising of food and drink textures
  • Training in techniques to facilitate safe swallowing
  • Practising exercises to improve the swallow
  • Monitoring to ensure safe practice is maintained.

General contact details

Head of Service, Bristol Royal Infirmary: 0117 34 21564

St Michael's Hospital - Voice: 0117 342 1088

St Michael's Hospital - Head and Neck Cancer: 0117 342 1088

Oncology: 0117 34 21088

Knowle Clinic and Hampton House: 0117 977 6292