Adult Speech and Language

The adult speech and language service is dedicated to identifying and addressing communication and swallowing difficulties in people aged 18 and over. Their aim is to provide care as close to home as possible.

What does the service provide?

The adult speech and language service will work with you to identify your speech or swallowing difficulty. A care plan to address these needs will be developed by the team.

To ensure you have the best outcome, the team will also work with other health and social care services. The team will also advise you on different forms of communication which may be beneficial. These could be books, charts or electronic aids.

The team also have access to a group of trained volunteers who are available to provide communication support to help you in the short-term.

Who will the team see?

The adult speech and language service help people with a variety of conditions such as:

  • dementia
  • stammering
  • stroke
  • cancer
  • long-term conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease
  • voice disorders


A referral form is available for health professionals including your GP. Email the competed form to our referrals team. Alternatively a referral letter can be sent to the same address.

You may self refer by sending an email to the above address, or you can call 01872 246 993. We will ask your permission to contact your GP or other health professional to ensure we are in a position to provide the best care for you.

Use of fluid thickener with adult patients important changes

Temperature and acidity may affect thickener. If product changes, inform an SLT as consistency may change.

Thickener level descriptor (200mls)

National descriptor Consistency (ND- nectar) milk Consistency (ND- nectar) soup Consistency (ND- honey) Consistency (ND- pudding)
Product guideline for consistency Full fat milk or regular Ensure or Fresh Single cream or Heinz tomato soup Thick milk shake (still pours but slowly) Whipped cream (no pour-needs spoon)
* Thick and Easy

1.5 scoop 200mls

2 scoop 200mls stage 1 Not applicable 3 scoops 200mls stage 2
* Thick and Easy Clear

1.5 scoop 200mls

2 scoop 200mls Not applicable Not applicable

1 scoop 200mls

2 scoops 200mls 3 scoops 200mls 4 scoops 200mls
Nutilis Clear 0.5 scoop(base of scoop) 200mls 1 scoop 200mls 2 scoop 200mls 4 scoops 200mls

* Hot drinks take longer to thicken and need extra stirring. Juice may be thicker than required.

Read the fluid thickener guidelines for wards (PDF, 105 KB)


Where we provide services

The adult speech and language therapy team provide services from the locations below.

  • Bodmin:
    • Bodmin Health Centre and Bodmin Hospital (TBC), call 07919 113 598
    • Stroke unit, Woodfield Unit, Bodmin Hospital, call 01208 251 388
  • Callington health office, call 01579 389 608
  • Camborne and Redruth Community Hospital
    • Community team, call 01209 318 109
    • Stroke unit, call 01209 318 019
  • Helston Community Hospital, call 01326 430 245
  • Launceston Hospital, call 01566 765 708
  • Liskeard Community Hospital, call 01579 373 590
  • Newquay Hospital, call 01726 873 053
  • Penzance Bellair health office, call 01736 571 105
  • St Austell Community Hospital, call 01726 873 053
  • Stratton Hospital or Bodmin Health Centre (TBC), call 07919 113 598
  • Truro Health Park, call 01872 246 960
  • Torpoint Penntorr Health Centre, call 01752 812 406
  • Wadebridge health office, call 01726 873 053