Speech & Language Therapy

We provide a highly regarded specialist service for children, young people and adults who have a range of disorders of communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. We aim to achieve excellent outcomes by working in partnership with our clients, families/carers, schools/nurseries, nursing and medical staff and the wider professional team.


We encourage people to take responsibility for their own care and progress throughout their speech and language therapy.


How to access Speech & Language Therapy Services

We operate an open referral system. Clients/parents/carers can refer themselves a referral can be made by a professional working with them, eg GP, health visitor, care staff, education staff, and consultant.


Children’s Services

Contact the Children’s SALT Department on 0191 569 9122, write to the department giving details of the child and their difficulties, or fill in a referral form.  Please refer to the additional information found in the leaflets below:

Guidelines for Referall for Assessment


Adult Services

Contact the Adult SALT Department on 0191 569 9009, or write to the department, giving details of the client and their difficulties.  Alternatively complete the adult services referral form.

Choose & Book’ via your GP is available for some of our services


What we do

Speech and Language Therapy can take different forms based on individual needs and often involves others in delivering the therapy. This will include assessment, diagnosis and where difficulties are identified an agreed management plan, reviews / evaluations and timely discharge.

We aim to:

  • Make a real difference to everyday lives
  • Involve clients in making goals
  • Refer to specialists were this is needed
  • Make therapy fun for children
  • Provide support and training to others delivering therapy
  • Encourage all methods of language and communication –e.g. speech, signing, symbols, hi-tech communication aids


We work with people who have:

  • had a stroke
  • progressive neurological conditions (eg Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia)
  • voice disorders
  • head and neck cancer
  • had a laryngectomyd
  • dysfluency (stammering)
  • brain Injury


There is an inpatient and outpatient service for adults at Sunderland Royal Hospital and wider community support in homes / clinic settings.


We work with children and young people with:

  • specific speech or language disorders
  • learning disability
  • autistic spectrum disorders
  • specific language impairment
  • dysfluency (stammering)
  • hearing impairment
  • physical disability
  • cleft palate
  • brain injury

Children’s services are delivered from 6 locality team bases across Sunderland and North Easington working closely with staff in mainstream schools and nurseries.



Children’s Service
Tel. 0191 5699122
Fax. 0191 5699935
Penny Best and Sue Fox

Adult Service Contact Details
Tel. 0191 5699009
Ruth Rayner


Base for Children’s Services
Speech and Language Therapy Department
Children’s Centre
Durham Road

Base for Adult Services
Speech and Language Therapy
Chester Wing
Sunderland Royal Hospital
Kayll Road