Speech & Language Therapists (SLTs) work with a wide variety of people who experience difficulties in communication, voice and swallowing. The main people who avail of the service at Naas General Hospital are those who have communication, voice and/or swallowing impairments associated with conditions such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological conditions (dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, and Parkinson’s Disease).
Speech & Language Therapy Service
The main objectives of the SLT service at Naas General Hospital are as follows:
To work within a multidisciplinary framework. To use a variety of methods to assess and diagnose communication, voice and swallowing difficulties of those people referred to the service and which the service has the necessary skills to provide. To provide a range of therapy models to meet individual needs as well as to provide advice related to communication and swallowing disability. To provide training for people in close contact the individual (e.g. relatives, health care workers) with regard to ways to support and maximise communication and swallowing abilities. To promote and play an active role in making the environment, documents and interactions within the hospital accessible for people with communication disability. To contribute to the educational process of medical, nursing, other professions and non-clinical front-line staff with regard to communication, voice and swallowing impairments and with particular reference to the development of supported communication skills necessary when interacting with those with a specific difficulty in communication.
Access to the Service
In-patients can avail of the service by:
Multidisciplinary team referral within the hospital for people who experience difficulties in communication, speech, language and voice associated with their medical condition. Consultant team referral within the hospital for people who experience difficulties in swallowing. There is no on-call service or designated out-patient SLT service at this time. The SLT Department provides a limited service to people who attend the Day Hospital.