Your child's acute speech and language therapy appointment

How do I get an appointment?

For outpatient appointments, your child can be referred by a doctor or, in some cases, a therapist.

Changing or cancelling your appointment

If you need to change or cancel your child’s appointment for any reason, please call the appointments office on 020 7188 4000 or email

Please tell us as soon as possible so we can offer the appointment to another patient.

Before your appointment

If your child is coming for help with their feeding or swallowing, please bring appropriate food and drink. It is also helpful for you to bring your child's red book.

If your child is currently having therapy locally, please bring along any recent reports and the contact details of the therapists involved.

If you are sent any forms or questionnaires, please complete these and bring them to your child's appointment.

During your appointment

Depending on which clinic you and your child come to, you may see a speech and language therapist alone. However some of our clinics are run by a multidisciplinary team (a range of different professionals working together to assess and treat each child).

Appointments usually last between 30 minutes and an hour and a half, however times may vary depending on your child's needs and the clinic you are attending.

As we're a teaching hospital, students and visitors may be observing the team. We'll always ask your permission for them to observe your appointment.  

After your appointment

After the appointment, we'll write to the referring doctor to explain what happened at the appointment and what will happen next. We'll send a copy of this letter to you, your GP and any other clinicians or healthcare professionals involved in your child’s care.

The letter will have a contact number if you have any questions.

If your child needs a follow-up appointment, this will be arranged.


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

Phone: 020 7188 4000