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: all outpatient referrals should be made by letter, stating the reason for referral, current problems, relevant medical history and any known risks, to the SLT Department, Gate 10, Level 6, Brunel building, Southmead Hospital, Southmead Road, Westbury-on-Trym, BS10 5NB.
Referrals for people with communication difficulties can be accepted directly from the person themselves and/or their carers. Referrals for people with swallowing difficulties should be made by a Doctor or member of the multidisciplinary team e.g. physiotherapist or specialist nurse.
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.