Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy

The Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) department specialises in the assessment, diagnosis, and management of adult communication and swallowing difficulties.

There are 5 SLTs in Naas General Hospital who work closely with medical, nursing, and other allied health staff, to provide treatment for patients with;

  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury 
  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Progressive neurological conditions (e.g. Parkinson’s Disease)
  • Other medical and surgical conditions ( e.g. COPD, gastrointestinal diseases, tracheostomy tube care)

Difficulties which may occur are:

  • Dysphagia: Difficulty swallowing food and/or drinks.
  • Dysarthria: Changes in speech and/or voice. This is caused by weakness, slowness, or lack of coordination in the muscles of the mouth, voice, and lungs.
  • Aphasia: Difficulty in the use, or understanding, of language. This may impact a person's ability to speak, understand, read, or write.
  • Dysphonia:  Changes in voice, often known as hoarseness. This causes the voice to sound raspy, strained, lower in volume, or different in pitch. 
  • Changes in cognitive-communication skills: Changes in thinking skills, such as attention, memory, and processing, which can impact communication. Often the SLT works with an Occupational Therapist to support people with these difficulties.

The SLTs work with patients and their families to reduce the impact of communication and/or swallowing difficulties on everyday life. The team also work closely with SLT colleagues in the community, to ensure continuity of care when a patient is discharged from hospital.


This is an X-ray that shows what happens when you eat and drink. It helps the SLT to diagnose and treat swallowing problems. The SLTs run a weekly Videofluoroscopy clinic in the X-ray (Radiology) Department.

Communication groups

The SLTs run weekly communication groups for patients with a range of communication difficulties, to promote conversation and social interaction during their hospital stay.


The SLTs provide clinical placements for SLT students from Trinity College Dublin.

The SLTs also provide education and training to patients and families, and more specialised training sessions relating to communication and swallowing for healthcare professionals within the hospital (e.g. screening for dysphagia post stroke).


All SLTs working in Naas General Hospital are registered with CORU, Ireland’s multi-profession health regulator.

The SLTs aim to ensure all assessments and treatments are evidence based and in line with current best practice. All SLTs are involved in a programme of continuing professional development, and regularly evaluate and audit practices to ensure a high standard of service.

Access to the Service

In-patients can avail of the service through referral from medical, nursing, or allied health staff within the hospital.

There is no outpatient service at this time. If you are concerned about your speech, language, voice, or swallowing, please contact your GP who will refer you to your community (known as Primary Care) SLT service.


Core working hours are between 8:30am and 4:30pm


Speech & Language Therapy Department

Naas General Hospital


Co. Kildare

W91 AE76

Department telephone: +353 45 843083

Useful Links:

Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists


Independent Speech and Language Therapists of Ireland


Community SLT in Kildare / West Wicklow


The Alzheimer Society of Ireland


The Irish Heart Foundation


The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland


Headway Ireland 


The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland 


The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association 


The Irish Cancer Society




(045) 843 083
Hours of Service
  • Mon-Fri
    8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.