At Sandringham Hospital, the Speech Pathology service is available to patients across all units of the hospital.
The Speech Pathology Department services adult inpatients with a range of difficulties including disorders of swallowing, communication, voice and cognition.
A variety of neurological and structural impairments result in the need for speech pathology input.
These impairments may include stroke, head injury, cerebral anoxia, brain tumour, encephalitis and other forms of damage to the brain.
Progressive neurological disorders (such as Dementia and Parkinson's Disease) and head and neck cancer can also result in swallowing and/or communication disorders.
The Speech Pathology Department consists of 2 part-time clinicians who are responsible for providing a range of services including:
Speech and language assessments
Assessment and management of swallowing disorders, including videofluoroscopy procedures (x-ray of swallowing)
Cognitive/communication assessment and therapy
Provision of alternative communication devices and strategies
Education and counselling to family and carers
Referral to other external agencies as appropriate.
Who do we care for?
The clinical units serviced within Sandringham Hospital include:
In addition to the units based at Sandringham Hospital, our Department has established links with rehabilitation and community care.
The department also provides an outpatient videofluoroscopy service to patients from Bentleigh Bayside Community Health (Doctor Referral required).
PLEASE NOTE- FOR PAEDIATRIC CLIENTS WITHIN THE ALFRED HEALTH CATCHMENT AREA ANY ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO CAULFIELD COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICE, BENTLEIGH BAYSIDE COMMUNITY HEALTH OR THE DIRECTORATE OF EDUCATION