Speech and Language Therapy

We are a team of speech and language therapists and assistants providing a service to inpatients and outpatients in hospital. We specialise in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients with a wide range of communication, voice and/or swallowing difficulties. Training is also provided to members of the team who we work with on the wards. For example, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dietitians, doctors, etc.

Patients in hospital who present with communication difficulties can be referred by anyone, including the person themselves or a relative/carer. However, for more complex cases and swallowing difficulties, our referrals come via:

  • GPs and medical consultants
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
  • ENT consultants
  • Other members of the hospital team (as stated above)

We see patients with a range of diagnoses including:

  • Head and Neck¬†Cancers (e.g. cancers of the mouth and throat). These patients are supported by a MacMillan speech and language therapist.
  • Stroke.
  • A range of neurological conditions (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson‚Äôs Disease).
  • Dementia (acute services only at present).
  • Respiratory conditions.
  • ENT disorders.
Community Speech and Language Therapy is now delivered as part of the Dudley Rehabilitation Service (DRS) and they are based at Stourbridge Health and Social Care Centre. Their contact details are (01384) 323145.

Key contacts

  • Jenny Glynn
    Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service Manager

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Useful information

This service is available at:
  • Russells Hall Hospital
Where to find us
  • Ground floor, east wing, Russells Hall Hospital
Telephone numbers
  • (01384) 244744
  • (01384) 456111 (ext. 4565)
  • (01384) 456111 (ext. 2439)

Service details

Clinical directorate
  • Integrated Care
Management team
  • Johanne Newens
    Clinical director
  • Karen Lewis
    Medical service head