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What we do

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy

What we do

Inpatients:  We accept referrals for any child who is an inpatient at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children (BRHC) and St Michael's Hospital and requires assessment and management of acute onset feeding and swallowing difficulties and/or communication difficulties.  We see children from age 0 up to 18 who are a patient on any ward including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). 

Neuro-rehab and Neuro-surgery:  We are part of the Regional Specialist Neurorehabilitation team for Paediatrics. We see children and young people who require an inpatient stay for neuro-rehabilitation for communication and feeding skills and input to long term neurorehabilitation follow up. We also offer joint assessment pre- and post- neurosurgery for communication and swallowing disorders, associated with a variety of neurological conditions. We contribute to the assessment and ongoing management of young people with swallowing and communication changes following epilepsy surgery, for which BRHC is a regional centre.

Deep Brain Stimulation Outpatient Service: We are part of the multidisciplinary team to assess children with complex movement disorders that impact on their facial movement, communication and swallowing skills. This is part of the assessment for DBS. Click here to see the DBS page for more details. 

Outpatients:  We are able to see outpatients for voice and other upper airway disorders.  We also see some outpatients for feeding and swallowing- please enquire if you would like to make an outpatient referral. 

- Children who require speech and language therapy for any other communication difficulties e.g. speech or language delays/disorders or stammering,will need to be referred to their local community serviceas we do not offer a general outpatient service here.

Joint Clinics:  We are involved in the monthly joint ENT and upper airways clinics, who take patients from around the South West. 

Videofluoroscopy:  We normally run a twice-weekly videofluoroscopy clinic for inpatients and outpatients, jointly with Radiology.  Videofluoroscopy is a special moving x-ray, used to assess swallowing.