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 Speech & Language Therapy Department 

 
Raigmore Hospital  Old Perth Road    Inverness  Inverness-shire 
IV2 3UJ 
01463 705424 
 
 

What are Speech and Language Therapists?

Speech and Language therapy is concerned with the management of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults. 

Speech and Language Therapists (SLT) provide services throughout Highland for people of all ages. We work with babies (neonates), children, teenagers, adults, families and carers.

Speech and language therapists work with:

Babies with:

  • feeding and swallowing difficulties

Children with:

  • learning difficulties 
  • physical disabilities 
  • language delay 
  • specific language impairment 
  • specific difficulties in producing sounds
  • speech delay 
  • hearing impairment 
  • cleft palate 
  • stammering 
  • autism/social interaction difficulties 
  • voice disorders

 

Adults with:

  • eating and swallowing and/or communication problems following stroke
  • neurological impairments and degenerative conditions including: head injury, Parkinson's disease, motor -neuron disease and dementia 
  • cancer of the head, neck and throat (including laryngectomy) 
  • voice problems 
  • mental health issues 
  • learning difficulties 
  • physical disabilities 
  • stammering (dysfluency) 
  • hearing impairment

Speech and Language Therapists employed by NHS Highland work in accordance with the professional guidelines of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

For more information about the RCSLT log onto www.rcslt.org

All Speech and Language therapists are graduate Allied Health Professionals who must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which is the regulatory body for all Allied Health Professions.

For more information about the HCPC and to check the registration of any of our Speech and Language Therapists please log onto www.hpc-uk.org

 

What Do Speech and Language Therapists Do?

Speech and Language Therapists are the lead experts in diagnosing and assessing communication, eating and drinking difficulties. Speech and Language Therapists work in partnership with the individual, family, other professionals and other agencies to reduce the impact of the communication and/or eating and drinking difficulty on the person’s wellbeing and ability to participate in everyday life.

Depending on the individual needs of the child or adult, Speech and Language therapy intervention may take different forms. The form of intervention will vary according to the changing needs of the individual and their surroundings.

Speech and Language Therapy may include:

  • Training and advice for parents, carers, communication partners and other service providers (health, social work, voluntary agencies and education).
  • Provision of programmes of work and ways of supporting the individual in different environments and by different people.
  • Individual or group therapy.
  • Assessment and provision of communication aids and resources.

What Are Speech and Language Therapy Assistants?

Speech and Language Therapy Assistants are integral members of our SLT teams in Highland. They are employed to act in a supporting role under the supervision of a professionally qualified Speech and Language Therapist.

 

How to Contact Speech and Language Therapy

We welcome comments on our service and are happy for these to be given via your local Speech and Language Therapy department or to the Professional Head of Service for Speech and Language Therapy.

We have some twenty teams of Speech and Language Therapists based within the NHS Highland area. We operate an open referral system whereby individuals can contact our departments directly for general SLT advice or to discuss a referral for SLT service.

Contact details for the Professional Head of Service and our local Speech and Language Therapy Departments are given below:

Professional Head of Service for Speech and Language Therapy NHS Highland
John Dewar Building
Highlander Way
Inverness   
Tel: 01463 704636

Inverness:

Speech and Language Therapy Dept –Raigmore Hospital, Old Perth Road, Inverness    Tel: 01463 705424

Speech and Language Therapy Dept – Adult Learning Disabilities, New Craigs, Leachkin Road, Inverness 
Please call Raigmore Hospital  Tel: 01463 704000 and ask for ext 2278

Additional Support Needs Team, The Pines, Drummond Road, Inverness
Tel: 01463 720042

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Town & County Hospital, Cawdor Road, Nairn    Tel: 01667 452101


Badenoch & Strathspey:

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Ian Charles Hospital, Grantown on Spey
Tel: 01479 872528

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, St Vincent’s Hospital, Gynack Road, Kingussie
Tel: 01540 661 219
                                       

Caithness & Sutherland:

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Caithness House, Market Square, Wick
Tel: 01955 609699  

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Drummuie, Golspie  
Tel: 01408 635284


Skye & Lochalsh: 

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Portree Hospital, Isle of Skye
Tel: 01478 613200

 

Ross-Shire:

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, County Hospital, Invergordon
Tel: 01349 852 496

 

Lochaber:

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Fort William Health Centre, Camaghael,
Fort William, PH33 7AQ   Tel: 01397 709800

 

Argyll & Bute:

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Lorne & Islands District General Hospital, Glengallan Road, Oban    Tel: 01631 788975

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Mid Argyll Community Hospital & Integrated Care Centre, Blarbuie Road, Lochgilphead    Tel: 01546 462161

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Campbeltown Hospital, Ralston Road, Campbeltown    Tel: 01586 555 804

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Islay Hospital, Bowmore, Isle of Islay                
Tel: 01496 301019

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Dunoon General Hospital, 360 Argyll Street, Dunoon    Tel: 01369 708312

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Victoria Hospital, High Street, Rothesay             
Tel: 01700 501508

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Baugh Surgery, Isle of Tiree   
Tel: 01879 220323

Speech and Language Therapy Dept, Victoria Hospital, Helensburgh                           
Tel: 01436 655024


Where Do Speech Therapists Work in Highland?

Our Speech and Language Therapists work in a variety of different places such as hospital, nurseries, schools, community clinics, patient’s homes and other locations in the community.

 

Key Principles of the Speech and Language Therapy Service:

  • The rights, wishes and dignities of each individual and their carers are respected at all times.
  • Effective intervention is based on a holistic understanding of the individual, including their social, cultural, economic ,political and linguistic context.
  • The safety of the individual  is paramount.
  • Speech and Language therapy intervention aims to be efficient and effective, that is to achieve the best possible results within given resources.

This service is available in the following hospitals

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