Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) (GP information)


The Speech and Language Therapy department at the Luton & Dunstable University Hospital provides assessment, diagnosis, advice and treatment for adults with acquired disorders of communication and swallowing. We offer advice and training to health care professionals, as well as second opinions external to the trust. The department works closely with colleagues in ENT/Head & Neck Surgery, Stroke and General Medicine, including regular participation in multidisciplinary meetings. We liaise regularly and provide onward referral to community services and other specialist centres.

Information for GPs regarding IDDSI

Referral Process

  • Outpatient voice referrals (if already seen by ENT) can be made via ICE or letter
  • SLT led endoscopy clinic – refer by Choose and Book (if patient does not fit the criteria for this clinic, please refer into general ENT clinic)

Procedures Provided

  • Acute inpatient SLT across all hospital wards (excluding NICU and paediatrics)
  • Acute and hyperacute inpatient stroke SLT
  • Head and Neck inpatient SLT
  • Outpatient Head and Neck SLT
  • Outpatient Voice SLT
  • Videofluoroscopy in conjunction with Radiology Department
  • Specialist Voice Clinic in conjunction with ENT department
  • Head and Neck Clinic in conjunction with ENT/OMF/Oncology departments


Outpatient clinics for Head and Neck/ENT – variable

SLT led endoscopy clinic for voice (see referral process) – Monday morning

Patient Information Leaflets

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Useful Contacts

Bedford Hospital
Head of Therapies Rick Watson
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
Macmillan Clinical Lead SLT Head & Neck: Jenny Hunt
01582 497049
Stroke and Acute SLT Inpatient Lead: Niki Freedman
01582 497049
Outpatients booking department: 01582 561385
PALS (for patient specific enquiries) 01582 491 166
Head of Therapies Rick Watson
Direct Line: 01582 497049
Secretary: 01582 497124
Switchboard 01582 491166
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