Dysphagia for adults with learning difficulties

The Dysphagia Team provides a service to adults with learning difficulties who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. 

 

Overview of the service

The Dysphagia Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities provides a service to adults who experience eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties in the community. They help address any potential health problems caused by being unable to eat, drink or swallow.

Dysphagia is a term which means an impairment in swallowing, which may occur with food, drink or saliva.

In the team we have a specialist Dysphagia (swallowing) Nurse and a Specialist Dietitian. Patients are also seen by a Speech and Language Therapist. 

The team works closely with occupational therapists and physiotherapists in the Clinical Health Team for People with a Learning Disability at Sutton Social Services. This is to provide a comprehensive approach to assessment, treatment and advice and the team also works alongside psychologists, pharmacists and dental services as, and when, it is appropriate.

Once a patient has been assessed by the relevant team members, advice and training will be provided to carers and a comprehensive eating and drinking management plan will be created for each patient.

Who do we see?

Individuals aged 18 years and over who are registered with a Sutton GP.

How to contact

The Royal Marsden Community Services
Carew House
Floor 2
Railway Approach
Wallington
SM6 0DX
Tel: 0208 661 3908
Email: rmh-tr.rmcsreferral@nhs.net
Fax: 0208 661 3910