Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy is concerned with the management of disorders of speech, language, communication and swallowing in children and adults.

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) work closely with parents, carers and other professionals, such as teachers, nurses, occupational therapists and doctors. Speech and Language therapists work in:

  • Health Centres                                                  
  • Hospital Wards
  • Outpatient Departments 
  • Mainstream and Special Schools
  • Children's Centres 
  • Day Centres 
  • Clients' homes

Speech and Language therapists work with:

  • Babies and children with:
    • Mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties 
    • Physical disabilities 
    • Feeding and swallowing difficulties
    • Language delay 
    • Specific language impairment 
    • Specific difficulties in producing sounds 
    • Hearing impairment                             
    • Cleft palate 
    • Stammering 
    • Autism/social interaction difficulties 
    • Voice disorders
  • Adults with:
    • Communication or eating and swallowing problems following neurological impairments and other medical conditions, including Stroke, Head Injury, Parkinson's Disease and Dementia 
    • Head, neck or throat cancer
    • Voice problems 
    • Mental health issues                              
    • Learning difficulties 
    • Physical disabilities 
    • Stammering

In the Western Trust we have 5 teams within the Speech and Language Therapy Dept including approximately 60 full and part-time staff:

  • Paediatric Community Team
  • Specific Language / Hearing Impairment Team
  • Paediatric Physical and Learning Disability Team
  • Adult Team
  • Multi-Agency Team-SureStart / WEST / ASD

Speech and Language Therapy clinics run in the following locations:

  • Hospitals
  • Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Derry/Londonderry
  • South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen
  • Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex
  • Lakeview Hospital
  • Spruce House
  • Health Centres
    • Lisnaskea   
    • Irvinestown  
    • Shantallow 
    • Rathmore, Belleek 
    • Waterside    
    • Limavady    
    • Strabane 
    • Castlederg  
    • Dungiven 
    • Claudy
    • Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh  
    • Eglinton
    • Derry/Londonderry 
    • Great James St.
    • Shantallow 
    • Waterside
  • Special Schools
    • Willowbridge, Enniskillen
    • Arvalee, Omagh
    • Foyleview, Derry
    • Belmont, Derry
    • Rossmar, Limavady
    • Knockavoe, Strabane
  • Units attached to schools
    • PHU, St Conor’s, Omagh
    • Language Unit, Gibson PS,
    • Language Unit, Model PS, Enniskillen
    • Welcome Language Class, Gibson PS, Omagh
    • Edward’s PS, Castlederg
    • Woodlands Language Unit, Londonderry
    • Sion Mills Language Unit

Therapists also provide assessment/treatment at Nursing Homes, Early Years Facilities, Mainstream Schools, Domiciliary Visits (Home Visits) and SureStart Centres throughout the Trust area.

How to refer



If you or someone you know needs to see a Speech & Language Therapist

  • Ask your GP or other Health Professional to make a referral OR
  • Refer directly yourself-see below for details of how to do this.

For Children
All referrals require parental consent.
This service has an open referral system which accepts referrals from all sources e.g. parents, carer, health professionals, teachers etc.
Referral Management Centre on 028 71864399

For Adults
This service accepts referrals from all sources e.g. patient, doctor, nurse, spouse or carer. Referrals are accepted in writing or via telephone to the Speech and Language Therapy Depts. at:

  • Altnagelvin Area Hospital, Londonderry on 028 71611428
  • South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen on 028 6627772
  • Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex on 028 8283 3136
  • Lakeview Hospital, Londonderry on 028 71860261 (Adult Learning Disability)

* If the referral is in relation to a voice problem the referral must include an up-to-date ENT report.

Useful Links



For further information about Speech and Language Therapy or careers advice visit The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists website