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Adult Speech and Language Therapy

Adult Speech and Language Therapy work with people with communication, swallowing, voice and fluency disorders


Who we are

Adult speech and language therapy are a team of 26; we have 23 speech and language therapists, 2 speech and language therapy assistants and 1 secretary.

What we do

Registered speech and language therapists are the only qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat:   

  • communication disorders
  • swallowing disorders (dysphagia)
  • voice disorders (dysphonia)
  • stammering (fluency)

We work with people with a range of medical diagnoses, including: 

  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Progressive neurological disorders (e.g. Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone's Disease, Huntingdon's Chorea, Multiple Sclerosis, Dementia, Multi-Systems Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy
  • Head Injury
  • Brain Tumours
  • Head and Neck Cancer

Speech and Language Therapists are the only communication and swallowing professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed by an ethical code, to ensure that we always work to the highest standard. The title Speech and Language Therapist can only be used by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered with the Health Professions Council.

We provide both the hospital and community adult speech and language services to County Durham and Darlington.  Patients can be seen on an individual, one-to-one basis or in a group therapy session. 

Where you can find us

We are based across 5 sites around County Durham and Darlington: 

  • University Hospital of North Durham
  • Shotley Bridge Hospital
  • Chester-le-Street Hospital
  • Bishop Auckland Hospital
  • Darlington Memorial Hospital 

We see patients on the hospital wards, in outpatient clinics and in their own home, nursing home or residential home.

How you can contact the Appointments Department for Community Adult Speech and Language Therapy

AHP Central Appointments, Bishop Auckland General Hospital, Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL14 6AD

Telephone: 01388 455200                   

For community appointments Consultants and GPs may refer using the AHP Central Appointments referral documentation.

How you can contact the Department for Inpatient Adult Speech and Language Therapy 

University Hospital of North Durham, North Road, Durham, DH1 5TW 

Telephone: 0191 3332591     Fax: 0191 3332735             

Bishop Auckland Hospital, Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, DL14 6AD 

Telephone: 01388 455712     Fax: 01388 825690 

Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington, DL3 6AX 

Telephone: 01325 743789     Fax: 01325 743356

Shotley Bridge Hospital, Shotley Bridge Hospital, Shotley Bridge, Consett, County Durham, DH8 0NB

Telephone: 01207 594517     Fax: 01207 594706

How you can contact the Dysphagia Rapid Response Team

This service is for swallowing impaired patients who are at risk of choking, aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition and dehydration, who require urgent intervention. 

Telephone: 01388 455200       

Department Contacts 

Head of Department

Jill Dyer, University Hospital of North Durham

Telephone: 0191 3336878

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Helen Pedder, University Hospital of North Durham

Telephone: 0191 3332591

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Sarah Swift, Darlington Memorial Hospital

Telephone: 01325 743356

Clinical Lead in Communication

Kathy Cann, Bishop Auckland Hospital

Telephone: 01388 455134

Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Barbara Gordon, Shotley Bridge Hospital

Telephone: 01207 594706



'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital