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Speech and Language Therapy - Adults

The Assessment and treatment of speech and swallowing disorders including voice and fluency.  Swallowing assessments may include the need for diagnostic tests such as videofluroscopy.


Speech and Language Therapists are the lead experts regarding communication and swallowing disorders.

Salford Speech and Language Therapy Services for adults are provided by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.We are a team of qualified SLTs who assess and treat adults with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties in a variety of settings.

Our ability to communicate, and eat and drink, is something which we often take for granted, but is an important part of our everyday lives and well being.

training, speech and language

Quotes about Service

“Lovely, professional, informed caring people. Put me at ease, and gave me loads of practical information!”

“Everything about the service I received was wonderful. My speech therapist made me feel very relaxed and comfortable. She was nice and understanding. I feel so much better now. Thank you very much”.

About us

All of our therapists are registered with the Health Professionals Council (HPC) and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

Where do we work?

Speech and Language Therapists see people:

  • At Salford Royal Hospital. We see inpatients on the wards.
  • At various clinics across Salford.
  • At a person’s home  if a person still needs speech therapy after they have returned home from hospital, and they can’t make our clinics, then the SLT can make arrangements to visit them at their own home, clinic or in a nursing home.

Who do we see?

We see patients during their admission to Salford Royal hospital, and see adults of all ages who live within the Salford area, or who have a Salford GP.

SLTs see adults who have communication and swallowing difficulties, as well as those with a stammer or a voice condition. 

These difficulties can be caused by a variety of conditions including,

  • Dementia                                      
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Head and Neck Cancer
  • Head injury
  • Brain tumours

Reasons for Referral


Signs of Swallowing Difficulties


The following are signs that someone might have a swallowing difficulty:

  • Coughing / choking
  • Chest infection
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Slow to swallow & meals taking longer
  • Storing food in the cheeks
  • Drooling
  • Breathless after swallowing
  • Wet / gurgly voice
  • Problems with taking medication
  • Weight loss



Signs of Communication difficulties

The following are signs that someone might have a communication difficulty:

  • Difficulties understanding spoken or written language
  • Difficulty speaking and getting the right words out
  • New  spelling and / or reading difficulties
  • Difficulties saying words consistently
  • Slurred or unclear speech


  • Voice difficulties (i.e. hoarse, strained, weak voice)
  • A dysfluency (stammer or stutter)

Contact Us


Inpatient Team                 0161 206 5450

Community Team            0161 206 2333                                    adult.salfordslt@nhs.net

Voice Team                      0161 206 4253                                    speech.therapy@srft.nhs.uk


How to refer

To make a referral please contact us on the relevant telephone number or email given above.

Please make sure to include your name and a number that we can call you back on should we need any other information. 

Useful Links

ACE Centre North (Alternative Communication Systems and technology)               


Age Concern Salford                                              



Alzheimers Society                                                



BASIC (Brain & Spinal Injury Centre)                                


British Stammering Association                           



British Voice Association                                        



Department for Work & Pensions                          


Directgov (information & services for people with a disability)                         


Headway (the brain injury association)              



Huntington’s Disease Association                        



Motor Neurone Disease                                          



Multiple Sclerosis                                                     



Parkinson’s Disease                                                



Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT)                               


Salford Citizens Advice Bureau                            


Salford Social Services                                           



Samaritans (confidential,emotional support line)



Stroke Association