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Adult Speech and Language Therapy (Portsmouth)

The Solent NHS Trust Adult SLT service supports people aged 16 and above with assessment and interventions for a range of communication and/or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.


SLT services are provided across Portsmouth City, South East Hants, Fareham and Gosport.
Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) are based in community hospitals or alongside health and social care multidisciplinary teams and see clients in a range of community settings e.g. patient homes, residential homes and day centres.


Referrals for services in the East can be made via the Single Point of Access on 0300 300 2011.

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Referral criteria

The Adult SLT Service provides intervention and management of communication and swallowing difficulties for clients aged 16yrs and over, living within the catchment area described above or patients from a wider area if they have been referred to a regional unit covered by Solent SLT. 

Open Referral System

This service operates an open referral system. This means that anyone can refer to SLT, including our clients.  In practice the majority of referrals are received from Physicians and Surgeons, GPs, nursing colleagues including nursing home staff, any member of the multi-disciplinary team involved in the patient care and colleagues from Social Services departments.

Full service description

The Solent Adult Speech and Language Therapy teams provide a range of services including community in-patient, out-patient and domiciliary services to people with stroke, progressive neurological conditions, adults with learning disabilities, frail elderly, people with dementia, head injury, voice disorders and stammering.

Assessments and Therapy Provided

SLTs provide assessment and where indicated, goal based one-to-one or group therapy as well as support and information for patients, carers and multidisciplinary colleagues.

Quality Assurance

Quality is assured through the use of care pathways based on research evidence, national guidance, outcome measures, audits and local research. The service has also run patient and public involvement events, satisfaction surveys and is able to provide a range of patient information in accessible formats.

Expertise and Innovation

Local clinical expertise and research has led to numerous innovations which include the Portsmouth Accessible Information website, intensive group therapy for people with aphasia and evidence based interventions for dementia carers.

Work developed from within the Solent SLT service has also led to local, national and international achievements including conference presentations, publications and contribution to national guidance.

Referral method

Single Point of Access

For services in the East around Portsmouth city, Fareham, Gosport and South East Hampshire, referrals should be made via the Single Point of Access telephone help line on 0300 300 2011. This service operates seven days a week from 8am to 8pm. 

Click to view the current SPA referral details template before you make your call.

Referral Information Required

Accurate and detailed referral information is required in order to conduct triage and prioritisation. When you refer, you will be asked for;

- Patient contact details including address and telephone

- Referrer contact details including address, telephone and email

- Reason for referral (communication or swallowing)

- Relevant medical history

- Abilities and difficulties with communication

- How communication difficulties affect well-being and lifestyle

- For swallowing referrals;

         - What consistency of food and fluids they are currently taking

         - Whether they are coughing when eating and drinking

         - History of any chest infections or choking

         - Duration of the swallowing difficulty

         - Recent weight loss or dehydration

         - Difficulty swallowing medication

- Referrers and clients level of concern

- Whether the referral is urgent and if so why

- Whether the client lives alone, if a home visit is needed and if so why

- Family and next of kin details

Other information & documentation

The Lead Speech and Language therapist for services in the Portsmouth area is Dr Lynn Dangerfield (contact details above).

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Contact Information

Dr Lynn Dangerfield

0300 123 3932

Block B, St Mary’s Community Campus, Milton Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6AD

Opening hours

  • Monday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Special Notice
The service operates between the core hours of 8am – 5pm on weekdays. No service is provided at weekends or bank holidays.

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

Please visit our services page for specific services and contact details. Alternatively, contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service by emailing or calling the number below. You can also give us feedback, make a complaint or share a compliment.

 0800 013 2319

*Lines are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, with full access granted in January 2005.

The Act sets out exemptions to that right and places certain obligations on public authorities.


Phone: 0300 123 3919

*Subject to any exemptions which apply, we are obliged to provide the information requested please note that requests for Personal Information is not covered under this Act and should be applied for through the Data Protection Act 1998.

Our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton.

While our services can be found around various NHS locations in Southampton and Portsmouth (and surrounding districts), our administrative and managerial centre is based in Southampton at:

Highpoint Venue
Bursledon Road
SO19 8BR

If you require a printable version of how to find us including bus times, car access and bike info please download our leaflet. (Copyright of Highpoint Venue).

Central office phone: 0300 123 3390

*Lines open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

If you are a journalist with a media enquiry, please contact the Communications Team at: 

0300 123 4156 or 02381 031076

The Communications Office is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.