Speech and Language Therapy

Contact Names/Numbers/Email Addresses

Contact Names/Numbers/email addressesGeneral enquiries:
Department Secretary: Phil Keane/Louise Lambe: 01-414 2776 / 2778
Department Manager: Fiona Hill: 01-414 2780 or fiona.hill@tuh.ie
Course enquiries: 01-414 2776 / 2778 or sltcourses@tuh.ie

Description of Department/Service

The Speech & Language Therapy Department provides assessment, diagnosis and treatment for adults with speech, language, communication, voice and eating/drinking/swallowing difficulties. The service is available to:

  • Current inpatients of the hospital
  • Patients attending a consultant in an outpatient clinic
  • Patients attending the Charlie O’Toole Unit

A limited service is provided to the inpatient Psychiatry Unit

Patients who have a speech, language, communication or eating/drinking/swallowing difficulty which is not related to their current episode of care in the hospital may be more appropriately referred to their local community service.

Hours of service

The core working hours of the department are Monday – Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm. Appointments may be offered outside these hours to suit patient requirements.


The Adult Speech & Language Therapy Department is located in the Rehabilitation Area. Access is through the main entrance of the hospital. Turn right onto "Hospital Street" and then take the first left to the speech & language therapy waiting area. Please check in for your appointment using the self-service kiosks in the front entrance of the Hospital.

Patient Information

Speech and Language Therapists work with people who have difficulty communicating and eating/drinking/swallowing. These difficulties can occur as a result of;

  • brain injuries (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury) 
  • progressive neurologicalconditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease, Dementia) 
  • other medical or surgical conditions (e.g. respiratory, gastrointestinal problems, patients who have had a tracheostomy inserted, Ear, Nose and Throat problems) 
  • Mental health conditions

Difficulties may include:
Dysarthria: Dysarthria is a speech disorder resulting from weakness or incoordination of the muscles used for speech. Speech may sound quiet or nasalised and speech sounds may appear slurred or be slow and laboured.

Apraxia of Speech: Apraxia of Speech is a speech disorder resulting from difficulty putting speech sounds together.

Aphasia: Aphasia is a disorder of language which can result in difficulties with understanding, speaking, reading and writing. It is caused by brain damage from a stroke, head injury, brain tumour or other neurological condition.

Voice Disorders: Voice disorders can result from many different causes including muscle tension, psychological factors, structural abnormalities, laryngeal conditions and neurological conditions. Voice problems may lead to changes voice quality.

Difficulty Communicating: People with dementia and with mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia may have difficulty communicating and interacting with others.

Dysphagia: Dysphagia is a difficulty eating, drinking and/or swallowing foods and liquids.

We aim to ensure all assessments and treatments provided are evidence based and in line with current best practice. All staff are involved in a programme of continuing professional development and we regularly evaluate and audit our practices and treatment outcomes to ensure a high standard of service provision.

We provide a wide range of diagnostic assessments and treatments including:

  • Videofluoroscopy
  • Fiberoptic evaluation of swallowing (FEES)
  • High Resolution Manometry
  • Videostroboscopy
  • Vitalstim
  • Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT)

Information leaflets
Links to information leaflets

Education & Training Courses

We have a strong commitment to delivering high quality education and training.  Our department has established links to Speech & Language Therapy training programs in Irish and international universities. With patient consent students observe or are supervised in the provision of assessment and therapy.

We provide a range of continued professional training and development courses in Dysphagia Management and Videofluoroscopy Analysis.  These training courses are accredited and offered on a regular basis. Please contact sltcourses@tuh.ie for information on upcoming events.

Upcoming Courses:

Please visit our Twitter page @TUH_SLT for further details of upcoming courses.