Speech & Language Therapy

Level 5

  • Telephone: 01273 696955 extension 2527, 2526
  • Senior Specialist Speech and Language Therapist: Jane Pettigrew
  • Specialist Speech and Language Therapist: Alex Lazell

To make, change or cancel an appointment please contact: 01273 696955 extension 2527, 2526

The Speech and Language Therapy Department provides assessment and management of moderate to severe feeding difficulties in babies, infants, and children.

Outpatients clinics held by the department

Outpatient Feeding Clinic: This clinic is held two to three times a week for babies, infants and children with moderate to severe feeding difficulties. Referrals must be within the Brighton and Hove catchment area, including postcodes BN1, BN2 (excluding BN2 8DB), BN3 and BN41. Due to high demand on the service, limitations are placed on the type of referral accepted. Being a fussy eater or having trouble chewing lumps does not constitute a moderate or severe feeding problem. To qualify for referral, a child will have some or all of the following:

  • a risk of aspiration (food or drink going down the wrong way)
  • significant problems regarding weight gain
  • continual ill health
  • a history of choking on food/fluids
  • a diagnosis predisposing them to feeding difficulties, egg cerebral palsy
Joint Speech And Language/Dietetic Clinic

This is held once a month for babies, infants and children within the Brighton and Hove catchment area. Most referrals tend to be discharged inpatients, and children dependent on tube feeding for the majority of their nutrition. By combining the dietetic and speech therapy service, we are able to maximise the child’s potential for growth and oral feeding while reducing the number of appointments the chid needs to attend.

Videofluoroscopy (Swallow X-ray)

This is held twice a month, and is open to referrals from anywhere. All referrals are seen in the pre-videofluoroscopy clinic to assess suitability and format for the assessment. Follow-up after the x-ray is only offered to those children within the Brighton and Hove catchment area.

Nutrition Round

This clinic is held weekly, usually on the wards but also in the Outpatients Department. The gastroenterology team leads it.

Bronchopulmonarydysplasia Clinic

This multidisciplinary clinic is held approximately every six weeks for those babies discharged from the Trevor Mann Baby Unit with a home oxygen requirement. These infants are often born extremely prematurely, and tend to have ongoing feeding difficulties. The clinic carries out assessment and management of feeding difficulties.

Hillside Clinic

This is held once a term at Hillside School for pupils with moderate to severe feeding difficulties.

Consultation Clinics

These clinics are offered to other speech and language therapists who have children on their caseload with feeding difficulties which are not severe enough to meet the children’s hospital criteria. One-off joint appointments are offered, with recommendations made for the local therapist.

Phone Advice

This is offered to GPs, health visitors, play workers etc who require advice for mild feeding difficulties (e.g. fussy eaters, refusing lumpy foods), but do not meet the Alex criteria.

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