Speech Pathology

How we can help you

Our Speech Pathology service supports patients in hospital who have swallowing and communication problems including speech, voice or language difficulties. Swallowing problems may include coughing when eating and drinking or food feeling stuck in your throat.

If you have one of these problems we will first complete a clinical assessment and if needed will recommend you have some further tests.

We also have outpatient clinics to assess and treat you if you live in the Randwick, Botany, Waverley or Woollahra local government areas and are able to come to our clinic at the Hospital for an appointment.

If you require therapy in your home, you may be able to use the Community Speech Pathology Service. Telephone  9369 0400.

You need a referral from your local general practitioner (GP) to use our service. If you have a voice disorder, you will need a referral from an Ear Nose and Throat specialist. The referral letter needs to include your contact details together with the reason for your referral and your medical history.

Please ask your doctor or specialist to email or fax us your referral letter on:

Email: clare.quinn1@health.nsw.gov.au 

Fax: 9382 2842

A Speech Pathologist will phone you within two days to let you know that your referral has been received and either give you an appointment or let you know how long you might have to wait until an appointment becomes available.

If you need to change or cancel your appointment please telephone us on 9382 2883.

Can I chose the day and time I attend the centre for my appointment?

We are open 8.00am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday. We try to arrange an appointment time that suits you to attend.  However, if you have a swallowing problem and require certain tests, appointment times may be limited.

You may need to wait up to a month for an appointment before you can see a Speech Pathologist. However, you will be seen sooner if your condition is urgent.

If your GP thinks you need an urgent appointment they need to telephone us to discuss your needs.

To refer your patient please email clare.quinn1@health.nsw.gov.au or fax 9382 2842.

The referral letter needs to include the patients contact details together with the reason for your referral and your medical history.

Please do not give the referral to your patient as we will require it to assist in prioritising or to book a Modified Barium Swallow if required.

Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us by telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.

We are a teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research or for a student to be present at your appointment student Speech Pathologist under the supervision of a qualified Speech Pathologist. You have a right to say no and this will have no impact in any way on the services we will provide.