A number of transport strikes are due to take place in November and December. If you or your child has an appointment at one of our hospitals or community centres, please plan ahead and do all you can to attend. If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact your clinical team.

Nurses' strike action will take place on 15 and 20 December. Our emergency and time critical services will be open. We'll let you know if your appointment is affected.

Speech and language therapy

Supporting children with feeding, swallowing and communication at our hospital
Little girls speech and language

Our speech and language therapists at Evelina London Children’s Hospital assess and manage children with a range of conditions affecting:

  • eating, drinking and swallowing
  • language and language understanding
  • speech and voice
  • augmentative and alternative communication such as signing and using picture symbols
  • social interaction

How we can help

Our acute service works with infants, children and young adults who staying in hospital to support them with communication and feeding difficulties. We also work closely with community teams to make sure children have support in place for when children leave hospital. Sometimes we will continue to work children after they leave hospital, working with the community speech and language therapy team.

Our therapists help children across lots of different services and wards including:

  • ear, nose and throat (ENT)
  • gastroenterology
  • general paediatrics
  • general surgery
  • heart (cardiology)
  • intensive care (PICU)
  • neonatology (NICU)
  • neurology
  • orthopaedics
  • renal
  • respiratory
  • rheumatology


Our team take part in local and national audit and research projects including:

  • blended diets
  • impact of tracheostomy training
  • neonatal feeding and optiflow
  • post-extubation dysphagia screen


If you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment for any reason, please contacts the appointments office.

Tel: 020 7188 4000

Email: gst-tr.elchpaedneuroreferrals@nhs.net

Free speech and language resources

Our community section has useful leaflets and speech and language therapy websites to use with your child, to help improve their speech and language development.

Find out more about our community speech and language service for children and young people in Lambeth and Southwark.