Speech & Language Therapy

The Adults Speech and Language Therapy (S&LT) Service works across the whole county providing help in both hospital and in the community to adults (16 years and over) who have a difficulty with communication or swallowing.

The service is provided in a number of ways, depending on need. e.g. individual or group treatment.

The service also undertakes a role in providing training and specialist support to carers and to those working with adults in residential care and other settings. This enables carers and professionals involved with the adult to provide an appropriate level of support.

Where service is based

Treatment is usually provided wherever is most appropriate for the patient. The S&LT Service works in Bedfordshire and Luton in the following locations:

  • Acute and community  hospitals
  • Patients’ homes
  • Social care establishments e.g. day centres
  • Hospices
  • Care homes
  • Mental health assessment units
  • Bedford prison

Hours of operation

Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.00

Appointments may be offered outside these times in some settings.

How to contact service

Bedford S&LT Team
Bedford Hospital
Kempston Road
MK42 9DJ
Tel: 01234 792275
South Bedfordshire S&LT Team
Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Lewsey Road
Tel: 01582 497049


How to access the service

Please ask for a referral from one of the following:

  • GP
  • Consultant
  • Allied health professional
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Carers
  • Self-referral