Patients & Visitors

Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy

About  |  The Clinic  |  Appointments  |  The Team  |  Facilities  |  Location  |  Travel

About the Department

Community clinic service

The community clinic service is based in the children's centre. We offer an outpatient assessment and advice service for pre-school children registered with a BaNES GP, and for school-aged children attending a school in the BaNES area. The community clinic therapists also provide individual and pre-school group speech and language therapy sessions.

Other community clinics are based at St. Martins Hospital, Paulton Hospital and Keynsham Health Centre. The community clinic also offers a telephone advice line for parents and professionals, and a drop-in advice clinic for parents.

Specialist speech and language therapy teams

The specialist therapy team offers assessment, advice, management and intervention for children with complex and special needs. The specialist therapists cover inpatients and outpatients and children attending the RUH school and Pre-school assessment and therapy (PAT) centre.

Other paediatric speech and language therapy services (for example, school-based and community outreach services) are run from St. Martins Hospital.

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The Clinic

Speech and Language Therapy Assessment:
By appointment only

Drop-In Advice Clinic for Parents:
Monthly clinics
Held alternately at Paulton Hospital, St. Martins Hospital and Keynsham Health Centre

For information on dates and times for drop-in sessions, please contact the speech and language therapy office on (01225) 831708 or contact the telephone advice line on (01225) 831752 Wednesdays (term time only) between 10am and 12 noon.

Please be aware that the drop-in is not an assessment clinic, but an opportunity for parents or professionals who have concerns about a child's communication to seek advice and information.

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Appointments & Reception

The paediatric speech and language therapy service operates an open-referral system, and accepts referrals from parents, teachers, health visitors, GPs and other professionals. To refer a child to the service, please contact speech and language therapy administrator Tamzin Fraser on (01225) 831708

Appointments for assessments at the RUH are sent out directly to parents by post following referral. Because of patient confidentiality, we do not routinely advise other agencies (for example, schools) of appointment times. At the current time, a first appointment is offered around 12 weeks following receipt of a referral, and we are working towards reducing this waiting time. We try to give parents 2-4 weeks' notice of appointments.

If you are unable to attend the offered appointment, you need to contact the department to request a re-appointment. The next available assessment appointment will be sent to you by post. If you do not attend your appointment, and you do not contact the department to cancel the appointment, your child may be discharged from the service.

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The Team

  • The community clinic team at the RUH has two part-time speech and language therapists.
  • The specialist therapy team has four part-time speech and language therapists.
  • The clinical lead for Speech and Language Therapy is Sarah Service, who is based at St. Martins Hospital (01225) 831708.

You may be required to prepare for your appointment

At your child's assessment appointment, the speech and language therapist will take a full case history. You may find it useful to bring your child's Red Book for pre-schoolers.

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Parents and other professionals who have concerns about a child's communication skills are encouraged to contact the telephone advice line in the first instance to discuss whether referral is appropriate. The advice line is manned on Thursday afternoons. The telephone advice line number is : (01225) 831752 Wednesdays (term time only) between 10am and 12 noon

The outpatient department of the children's centre is located close to the orange car park.

There are no crèche facilities available.

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The children's centre has a large waiting area with toys and games, and is located in Zone B, behind the main atrium entrance.

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Travel arrangements

If you need to drive to the RUH, car park P3 is closest to the Children's Centre

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