Speech and Language Therapists
People with critical care needs who have difficulty with communication and/or swallowing require access to an early, timely, responsive speech and language therapy service to maximise their choice, participation, safety and wellbeing. As such, speech and language therapists are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team on critical care.
Being unable to communicate following major trauma, illness or surgery can be extremely frightening and frustrating. We aim to maximise the potential for effective communication whether this is speech, writing or using a communication aid.
Difficulties swallowing are common in patients on critical care and it is our role to assess and manage these difficulties.
This is essential to avoid the risk of developing serious respiratory complications which will hinder recovery and rehabilitation. We work closely with the physiotherapists and dietitians to ensure all patients safely receive maximum nutrition and hydration.