Due to Covid-19 all outpatient clinics and groups are suspended and patients referred to or waiting for this service will be held on a waiting list pending guidance that it is safe to resume these services. Virtual support will be offered by telephone or video consultations where possible and appropriate, and any patients assessed to require an urgent face-to-face visit will continue to be prioritised.
The Adult Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) service is provided in east and north Hertfordshire. For residents in west Hertfordshire, a service is provided by Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust.
All the speech and language therapists are registered with the national regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council, which maintains an online register of Speech and Language Therapists meeting the required standards.
The service works as a team to provide integrated, seamless care to adult patients with speech, language, communication, voice or swallowing difficulties. The care is patient-centred with individualised packages based on clinical evidence, good practice and clinical experience. The service works in partnership with patients and their families and with other professions, multidisciplinary teams and partner agencies to reduce the impact of these often life threatening and isolating difficulties on people’s lives.
The service has a culture of service review and development to meet identified needs.
The service is delivered from acute hospitals, community hospitals, rehabilitation units, intermediate care locations, residential and nursing homes and patients’ own homes. The patients are seen in the most appropriate setting to their needs.
The SLT service operates open access for referral for all disorders with the exception of:
East and North Hertfordshire
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