Speech and Language Therapy

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and Language Therapists work with children and adults who have difficulties with speech, language and communication, and/or with eating, drinking and swallowing. Speech and Language Therapists are Allied Health Professionals registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and all Speech and Language Therapists in the South Eastern Trust are members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists.

Speech and Language Therapists provide assessment, diagnosis and management of the following:

  • Speech and language delay or impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Cleft palate
  • Stammering
  • Voice disorders
  • Eating and swallowing and/or communication problems following conditions such as  stroke, cancer or Parkinson’s disease
  • Developmental feeding disorder
  • Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties
  • Physical disabilities

  • Speech and Language Therapy Facility Information

    Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Services – Local Health Centre/Clinic

    Ballynahinch Community Services(028) 9598 8019
    Bangor Hospital, Park View Suite and Portaferry Clinic(028) 9151 5247
    Castlewellan Community Services(028) 9598 8019
    Comber Health Centre(028) 9151 5247
    Downe Hospital, Children's Centre(028) 9598 8019
    Portaferry Clinic(028) 9151 5247
    Lisburn LPCCC, Lagan Valley Hospital(028) 9250 1269
    Scrabo Children's Centre, Ards Hospital(028) 9151 0190
    Stewartstown Road Health Centre(028) 9250 1269

    Adult Speech and Language Therapy Services

    Acute Team

    Ulster Hospital(028) 9055 0433
    Downe Hospital(028) 9127 7379
    Lagan Valley Hospital(028) 9262 6483

    Community Team

    Ards Community Hospital including Ards GP Ward(028) 9151 0271
    Bangor Community Hospital(028) 9147 5136
    Downe Community(028) 4483 8067
    Rowan Centre Lisburn(028) 9262 6483

    ALD Team

    Bayview Resource Centre, Bangor(028) 9151 1190
    Downe Resource Centre(028) 4481 3311
    Thompson House Hospital, Lisburn(028) 9263 3190

    Brain Injury SLT

    Ards Community Hospital(028) 9158 5669
    Thompson House Hospital(028) 9266 5646
  • Referrals

    In Hospital (Inpatient)

    Patients are referred to Speech and Language Therapy by members of the Multi-disciplinary Team or Nursing Staff for assessment and advice according to their need.

    For Children

    This service has an open referral system which accepts referrals from all sources e.g; Parents, Carer, Health Professionals, Teachers etc. All referrals require parental consent.

    Children (0-18 years) living in South Eastern Trust refer to the service through their local Clinic. If you wish to make a referral please telephone your local Speech and Language Therapy Department. See Speech and Language Therapy facility information for contact details.

    For Adults

    This service has an open referral system which accepts referrals from all sources. Patients can be referred by a variety of people e.g; Doctor, any member of the Multidisciplinary team, carers, family. Any patient being referred for management of voice problems will require evidence of recent examination by the ENT department

  • Useful links

    Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

    British Stammering Association

    Speech and Language UK: Changing young lives

    Help Kids Talk

    National Literacy Trust

    National Aphasia Association

    British Voice Association

    Social Media



Speech and Language Therapist with young boy

Contact Details

For Adults (Monday to Friday)

Speech & Language Therapy
Ulster Hospital
Upper Newtownards Road
BT16 1RH

Call us(028) 9055 0433

For Children (Monday to Friday)

Speech and Language Therapy Department
Ward 24, Downshire Estate
Ardglass Road
BT30 6RA

Call us(028) 4451 3736