Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) - Northern services

We provide assessment, treatment and advice for adults with communication disorders and/or swallowing difficulties (dysphagia).

Speech and Language disorders include those associated with the following aetiologies:

  • Head injury
  • Stroke
  • Progressive neurological disorders and other neurological disorders
  • Age related conditions
  • Learning disability
  • Physical disability
  • Voice disorders
  • Dysfluency (stammering)
  • Head and neck cancer including laryngectomy
  • Conditions requiring surgery and/or intensive care
  • Respiratory conditions

Assessment and advisory support are also given for people requiring communication aids to augment communication.

More about us

The service comprises three components:

  • Adult acute and outpatient services at NDDH
  • Adult community services for inpatients, community rehabilitation and outpatients
  • Adult learning disability services

Our service is provided to people who are in-patients at the North Devon District Hospital and South Molton Hospital.

We also work with people through out-patient appointments, home and nursing/care home visits, and through video consultations.

If you have difficulties with communication and/or swallowing and you think you might benefit from seeing a speech and language therapist, you can discuss this with your GP or another healthcare professional involved in your care, who can then refer you to our service for an appointment.

Where to find us

Speech and Language in-patient and out-patient Teams

Jubilee Offices

Level 0

North Devon District Hospital

Raleigh Park


EX31 4JB

01271 322388


Speech and Language Community Team

Barnstaple Health Centre

Vicarage Street


EX32 7BH

01271 340524


Speech and Language Therapy Adult Learning Disability Team

01271 443188


Speech and Language Therapy Administration Team

01271 341557

07552 254569

Services and treatments

Our team will work with you and your family to identify what is important to you about your communication and/or swallowing, and devise a tailored plan to help you to achieve the best possible outcome.

Intervention may involve:

  • Improving the intelligibility of your speech
  • Improving the quality of your voice
  • Improving understanding of spoken and written language
  • Improving production of spoken and written language
  • Providing or recommending alternative means of communication
  • Improving your overall ability to communicate with others
  • Providing exercises to strengthen the muscles involved in swallowing
  • Recommending strategies to help you to swallow more efficiently and comfortably
  • Recommending different food textures and/or drink consistencies to help you to swallow more comfortably
  • Helping you to adapt to changes in your communication and/or swallowing and manage them in the best way possible

We will provide intervention that is specific to you, taking into account your wishes and the nature and cause of your difficulties. Not all of the above interventions are appropriate for all medical conditions.

Information for Healthcare Professionals

If you are a healthcare professional and would like to discuss making a referral to our service, please contact us on 01271 341557 or 01271 322388

  • Internal referrals to speech and language are made via EPIC.
  • GP referrals are made via eRS
  • Referrals to the Adult learning disability team are made via the Intensive Assessment and Treatment Team (IATT), Devon Partnership Trust
  • Please note that patients with voice disorders must be seen by ENT before they are referred.

Last updated: January 16, 2024.