Speech and language therapy

The Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy Team help provide people with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties treatment, care and support in a community setting.

Overview of the service

The Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy Team (ACSALT) provide a service to adults with acquired communication, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, in a community setting. Speech and language therapists provide patient centred assessment, intervention and therapy and education to patients, carers and healthcare professionals. 

Objective of the service

To assist patients to achieve agreed goals in a supportive community environment. The service incorporates the use of evidence based practice to achieve these goals. Through education the individual will understand their own role in helping their recovery and wellbeing. 

Who do we see?

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

Please note the following regarding referrals:

For adult individuals with a learning disability diagnosis;

  • If their communication, speech and/or language difficulty is thought to be as a result of a neurological condition (and not a result of their learning disability) these individuals can be referred to this team.
  • If their communication, speech and/or language difficulty is thought to be a result of a learning disability, the individual should be referred to the Learning Disability Speech and Language Therapist in the Clinical Health Team for people with a Learning Disability at Sutton Social Services Civic Centre.
  • Individuals who have eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, or difficulties with saliva, should be referred to the Dysphagia Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities. 

All Individuals

Individuals with difficulty using their voice should be referred to the Specialist Voice Service at St Helier NHS Trust on 0208 296 2476 but only after they have had an ENT assessment, which will need to be requested by their GP or consultant.

Adults with communication or swallowing difficulties due to a neurological cause, who require intervention from more than one discipline for example speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and/or physiotherapy, should be referred to the Community Neuro Therapy Team . 

Individuals with stammering difficulties of a non-neurological cause should be referred to the Stammering Service at the Patrick Doody Clinic on 0208 254 8310. Individuals who stammer due to a neurological cause can be referred to the ACSALT team. 

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