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Speech and Language Therapy

This page was last updated: January 31st, 2023

The Speech and Language therapy service specialises in helping people who have difficulty communicating and swallowing.
Our patients include people who have had a tracheostomy, cancer patients, stroke patients and people undergoing neurological rehabilitation. We also provide palliative care in hospitals and hospices as well as out in the community.

Our team of qualified and experienced speech and language therapists work directly with patients to diagnose, treat and help manage their disorders. We also work alongside their carers and families, ward staff, hospital volunteers, and community-based Speech and Language Therapy partners and healthcare professionals to provide seamless care. As part of this, our therapists also provide ongoing training for healthcare professionals and hospital volunteers to help with communication and safe feeding.

We have a number of highly experienced therapists working in our service who specialise in:

  • Dysphagia (swallowing problems, including management of patients with a tracheostomy)
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Specialist palliative care for other cancers
  • Progressive neurological disorders and neuro-rehabilitation
  • Acute Stroke Rehabilitation

We see both inpatients and outpatients patients at several locations across the county, including Royal Cornwall Hospital (in the Princess Alexandra Wing on the 2nd Floor), Marie Therese House neuro-rehabilitation unit in Hayle, West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance and Cornwall Hospice Care.

Patients in other Community hospitals and in their home settings would be seen under the care of our community SLT colleagues in Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Referrals to Speech and Language Therapy

Your health or social care professional can refer you to the Speech and Language Therapy service. Please contact the main Speech and Language Therapy office at the Royal Cornwall Hospital on 01872 252470 for details of clinics and to make a referral. 

Professional Careers in Speech and Language Therapy

To find out more about a professional career in speech and language therapy, please visit the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website

All qualified therapy and dietetic staff are required to be registered members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who are responsible for regulating us. You can find out more about registration on the HCPC website.

Work Experience in the Speech and Language Therapy Department

If you are interested in work experience within the speech and language therapy department, you can find out more on Get In Cornwall.

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