Speech & Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists are involved in the assessment, diagnosis and management of communication and swallowing disorders.

Within the adult directorate there are 15 therapists, who work across a variety of different specialities. We also employ an assistant and a secretary. Our specialities include:

  • Neurosciences
  • Stroke
  • ENT and head & neck cancer
  • Cochlear implant (also includes children)
  • Dysfluency
  • Neuro-oncology

Speech and language therapists encounter a range of communication disorders.

This may include:

  • Voice disorders
  • Stammering
  • Dysphasia (problems using language)
  • Dysarthria (problems with articulation due to neuro-muscular impairment)
  • Dystonia

A large part of our role is the assessment of dysphagia (swallowing dysfunction). There are many different causes of dysphagia and management depends upon the cause.

We have regular input into a videofluoroscopy service in the x-ray department at The James Cook University Hospital. Videofluoroscopy allows assessment of the swallowing process radiographically. The therapist and referring consultant will decide whether this is appropriate.

Where we are

We are based at The James Cook University Hospital and provide serives at a range of community venues. This means that people assessed while in hospital can also be followed up in the community. If they live outside of the South Tees area, they are referred to their local speech and language therapy department as necessary. Some of the specialties such as cochlea implant, ENT and neurosciences cover a wider area. In some circumstances we also take self-referrals.

Useful links

The following websites related to this specialty may be helpful:

Speech and Language Service has moved to James Cook

The Adult Speech and Language Service is now based at The James Cook University Hospital site.

The address for postal referrals is:

Adult Speech and Language Therapy Department
Rehabilitation Centre
The James Cook University Hospital
Marton Road


The team is no longer be able to accept faxed referrals. Please send all referrals via mail courier service or email to ste-tr.salt@nhs.net. Any queries can also be sent to this email address.

Internal referrals (hospital wards) will continue to be sent via Webice. External referrals (GPs, care homes, community staff) – should be sent by post to the above address or via the above email address, as the team will no longer be able to receive faxes.

If you would like to know more, please contact the speech and language therapy department on 01642 854497 or click here to visit the adult speech and language therapy website.

Related services

You may also be interested in these related services from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: