​Speech Language Therapy

The Speech Language Therapy Department (SLT) at Waikato Hospital provides in-patient and out-patient services for people in the Waikato region. We have inpatient and outpatient services at Waikato Hospital, and outreach clinics in Thames, Tokoroa and Te Kuiti. 


Description

Speech Language Therapy involves:

  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Rehabilitation services that are tailored to individual needs
  • Advice on the use of compensatory strategies, including the use of alternative and assistive technology (e.g., communication boards, electronic voice output devices, voice amplifiers).
  • Education to patients, family members and care staff working with the person with communication and/ or swallowing difficulties

We provide a service to adults with communication or swallowing difficulties due to conditions such as:

  • Stroke
  • Progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, muscular sclerosis, dementia
  • Cancer, or surgery to the head & neck
  • Voice difficulties.

Dysfluency (stuttering) We also provide a service to children who:

  • Require inpatient or outpatient services for feeding difficulties
  • Have feeding or speech difficulties due to a cleft, lip, palate or velopharyngeal insufficiency
  • Meet the criteria for the Child Development Centre


Key personnel

Deborah McKellar
Manager

Location

Reception E
Level 2
Meade Clinical Centre
Waikato Hospital

Contact information

Phone: 078398882
Fax: 07 8398796
Email: SLT.Clinic@waikatodhb.health.nz

Referral information

Anyone can refer to speech language therapy, provided they have the patient’s permission. Please send referrals directly to the speech language therapy department.