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The Speech and Language Therapy (S and LT) Service works across the whole county providing help in both community and hospital settings. We treat children up to the age of 16 years (up to 19 years in special education), who have a difficulty with communication or swallowing.
The Service is provided in a number of ways, depending on need. This may be for example: individual or group treatment, parent/carer workshops and drop-in information clinics.
The service also undertakes a role in providing training and specialist support to parents/carers and staff working with children and young people in schools, residential units and other settings. This enables parents/carers and professionals involved with the child, to provide an appropriate level of support and input.
If you choose Bedford you can be certain of high quality clinical care and treatment in clean, comfortable surroundings. We our proud of our short waiting times, excellent medical and nursing staff, ample car parking, which is free for disabled patients and visitors, and we are in easy reach by car, bus or train. We provide a wide range of services from our modern facilities including maternity, vascular (vein) services and cancer care. Our focus is on providing high quality clinical services and support for patients.
These trusts also provide services at Bedford Hospital South Wing
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Tel:020 7253 3411
East London NHS Foundation Trust
Tel:020 7655 4000
We provides a range of services to support children and young people aged 0 - 18 years (which can be extended to 19 years to support transition to adult services for young people with special needs ) who require skilled nursing support in the community.
We provide specialist clinical support for families to enable them to care for their child in their own home, to avoid unnecessary hospital admission and promote high quality family centred care.
1. Skilled Care of any nursing procedure that can safely be undertaken at home if a child or young person requires a specific clinical procedure for example intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular medication. Other examples include wound care and gastrostomy care.
2. Symptom Control Management if the child or young person requires a period of regular assessment and monitoring of symptoms, for example blood pressure monitoring or oxygen monitoring. The CCN's also support oxygen dependent babies, children/ young people at home and children with complex medical needs and work together with a range of professionals to assess plan and deliver care to maximise opportunities.
3. Education - if the family requires training to enable them to continue providing support and ongoing care, for example enteral feeding, suctioning and administration of medication.
4. Acting as advocate for child and family, identifying a Lead Professional in conjunction with family.
5. Acting as resource for other professionals to the right person, at the right time care for the child/young person in the right way.
The aim of our service is to support children with complex medical continuing healthcare needs to live within their family home and fulfil their potential as individuals. This includes supporting them in a variety of settings in the community for example, schools and nurseries. Without the support of the team many families would find it impossible to continue to care for their child at home.
• We clinically assess, diagnose and manage a range of speech, language, communication, eating and drinking difficulties in children aged 0-19.
• Our service contributes to better outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their families by optimizing their speech language and communication potential and helping them to achieve their potential educationally and socially.
• The Speech and Language (S and LT) Service works across the whole county providing help in both community and hospital settings. We treat children up to the age of 16 years (up to 19 years in special education), who have a difficulty with communication or swallowing.
• The Service is provided in a number of ways, depending on need. This may be e.g. individual or group treatment, parent/carer workshops and drop -in information clinics.
• The service also undertakes a role in providing training and specialist support to parents/carers and staff working with children and young people in schools, residential units and other settings. This enables parents/ carers and professionals involved with the child, to provide an appropriate level of support and input
• The service provides treatment via a range of methods. We provide training in children’s communication development for local authority preschool and educational settings. We train parents and carers in developing children’s speech and language development. We treat children in groups and individually, depending on their clinical need.
• We will treat and support a child for as long as our intervention is clinically indicated. Discharge will occur when objectives have been met. In children with long term conditions, on-going management of communication skills can often be undertaken by the family and/ or trained adults working with the child. Discharge is only undertaken with the knowledge and agreement of the family and other involved professionals. We accept re referrals for children known to the service, if re assessment and further advice is requested.
• On-going support is provided via training and advice for settings and schools and parents involved with the children on our caseload.
• We also have a public Facebook page for families and professionals to access. We aim to provide information and ideas for supporting speech, language and communication needs, as well as new research articles and training dates, where appropriate. To join in, search ‘Children’s Speech and Language Therapy in Luton and Bedfordshire’ or visit www.facebook.com/paedsltlutonbedfordshire.