Speech and language therapy

Supporting children with feeding, swallowing and communication.

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

The following services at our hospital incorporate speech and language therapy:

Acute speech and language therapy

Our acute service works with infants, children and young adults who are 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 they leave hospital. Sometimes we'll continue to work with children after they leave hospital, working with the community speech and language therapy team.

Our therapists help children across many specialities:

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

Research and education

Our team take part in local and national audit and research projects.


If you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment for any reason, please contact us.

Phone: 020 7188 4000

Email: gst-tr.ELCHPaedNeuroReferrals@nhs.net

Free speech and language resources

Our community speech and language pages have 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.