How to refer inpatients: All inpatients should be referred on ICE, using the designated referral form.
A person can only be referred for a swallowing assessment on ICE if the person’s medical team agree with the referral and if the need for the referral is documented in the person’s medical record.
How to refer outpatients: Information about criteria for referral to the Speech & Language Outpatient department and an electronic referral form can be found here: https://remedy.bnssgccg.nhs.uk/adults/speech-language/slt-hospital-outpatients/
Alternatively, a referral letter can be sent stating the reason for referrral, current problems, relevant medical history and any known risks can be sent to Speech & Language Therapy Department, North Bristol NHS Trust, Level 2, Cossham Hospital, Bristol, BS15 1LF.
Referrals for people with communication difficulties can be accepted directly from the person themselves and/or their carers. Referrals for people with new swallowing difficulties should be made by a Doctor or member of the multidisciplinary team e.g. physiotherapist or specialist nurse, but self-referrals for swallowing problems can be made if the person has been previously known to our NBT Speech & Language Therapy service.
Outpatient appointments can be arranged at Southmead Hospital Bristol and Cossham Hospital or people can be seen at their home in the community if this is necessary.