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5Speech and language therapists work with patients who have impaired speech, language or voice problems, or a combination of these. They can also help patients who have difficulty with feeding and swallowing.

These impairments and difficulties can have numerous and varied causes and be very complex. As a result, speech and language therapists work across a wide range of clinical specialities from ear, nose and throat surgery, maxillo-facial surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, critical care and care of the elderly to name but a few.

The therapists work across the multidisciplinary framework to assess, diagnose, manage and treat patients as well as offering advice, training and education to colleagues, carers and families.

Speech therapists are able to conduct video-fluoroscopic radiology and fibre-endoscopic studies to assist with diagnoses and therapy. Intervention aims to help patients function to their maximum potential and minimise the difficulties associated with these complex conditions and enable them to participate effectively in their daily environments.

The speech and language therapy service at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust leads a tracheostomy clinic for outpatients in the community living with tracheostomy tubes. The clinic provides support for patients to be self caring with tube changes and assistance when problems arise.

The clinic includes a speech therapist and nurse and is run concurrently with an ear, nose and throat consultant’s clinic should rapid medical access be required.

Inpatient services

SLT Inpatient services
SLT TeamContactSite
Acute0208 725 3007Tooting
Neurosciences0208 725 4492Tooting
Stroke - Tooting site0208 725 4101Tooting
Head and Neck/ENT (Inpatient and Outpatient)0208 725 1163Tooting
Neurorehabilitation 0208 266 6519/6549Tooting
Neurorehabilitation 0208 487 6145/6480/6367Queen Mary's
Older People’s Service (Mary Seacole Ward) 0208 487 6146Queen Mary's
Inpatient paediatrics – Tooting site0208 725 1887Tooting


Wandsworth GP patients

Please note that aside from Head and Neck Oncology and Voice services there are no other Speech and Language Therapy adult outpatient or community services based at St. George’s Hospital.  Please ensure referrals are sent directly to the relevant team below.

Other CCGs

If the patient’s GP address is outside of Wandsworth, please consider asking the GP to make or forward the referral as we do not have details of all the surrounding area SLT teams.

Referral criteria
SLT TeamContactReferral criteria
St George’s Community Neuro TeamSt John’s Therapy Centre
162 St Johns Hill
SW11 1SW
Aged 16 and over

Neuro diagnosis (or symptoms highly suggestive of a neuro condition)

Communication (including LSVT), Swallowing

Exceptions: Latter stage dementia and old/chronic stroke (seen by CLCH-MI)
CLCH Maximising Independenceclcht.wandsworthspa@nhs.netAged 16 and over

All adult non-neuro referrals

Domicillary service only

Exceptions: Will accept old stroke and more advanced stage dementia
St George’s
Wandsworth Learning Disabilities Health Team
Tooting Health Clinic
63 Bevill Allen Close
Diagnosis of LD

Communication, Swallowing
St George’s
Brysson Whyte Rehab Unit
Queen Mary’s Hospital
Roehampton Lane
Aged 65 and over

No domiciliary service

Score 4 or over on the CGA swallow screen

Swallowing / Communication relating to
- Presbyphagia (Elderly swallow)
- Frailty
- Parkinson’s Disease with cognitive decline (this can include non-Wandsworth patients)
- COPD in combination with any of the above (e.g. over 65)
- Dementia
- Decompensation from a recent illness / hospital admission
- Chronic CVAs / TIAs in combination with any of the above clinical presentations (e.g. new / progressing cognitive changes, Dementia)
St George’s
Voice Service
St George’s HospitalPaediatric and Adult Voice

Requires ENT assessment prior to referral

No domiciliary service