Adult Speech and Language Therapy work with people with communication, swallowing, voice and fluency disorders
Adult speech and language therapy are a team of 36; we
have 30 speech and language therapists, 5 speech and
language therapy assistants and 1 secretary.
Registered speech and language therapists are the only qualified
health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat:
We work with people with a range of medical diagnoses,
Speech and Language Therapists are the only communication and
swallowing professionals to be statutorily regulated, and governed
by an ethical code, to ensure that we always work to the highest
standard. The title Speech and Language Therapist can only be used
by those appropriately trained professionals who have registered
with the Health Professions Council.
We provide both the hospital and community adult speech and
language services to County Durham and Darlington. Patients
can be seen on an individual, one-to-one basis or in a group
We are based across 7 sites around County Durham and
We see patients on the hospital wards, in outpatient clinics and
in their own home, nursing home or residential home.
AHP Central Appointments, Bishop Auckland General Hospital,
Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland, County Durham. DL14 6AD
Telephone: 01388 455200
For community appointments Consultants and GPs may refer using
the AHP Central Appointments referral documentation attached.
The service also accepts self-referrals.
University Hospital of North Durham, North Road, Durham, DH1
Telephone: 0191 3332591
Bishop Auckland Hospital, Cockton Hill Road, Bishop Auckland,
Telephone: 01388 455714
Darlington Memorial Hospital, Hollyhurst Road, Darlington, DL3
Telephone: 01325 743603
Shotley Bridge Hospital, Shotley Bridge
Hospital, Shotley Bridge, Consett, County Durham, DH8 0NB
Telephone: 01207 594606
Peterlee Health Centre, 2 Bede Way, Peterlee, County Durham. SR8
Telephone: 0191 3876494
How you can
contact the Dysphagia Rapid Response Team
This service is for swallowing impaired patients who are at risk
of choking, aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition and dehydration, who
require urgent intervention.
Telephone: 01388 455200
Head of Department
Jill Dyer, University Hospital of North Durham
Telephone: 0191 3336878
Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Gemma O'Rourke, University Hospital of North Durham
Laure Nicholls, Darlington Memorial Hospital
Clinical Lead in Communication
Jenn Jackson, Bishop Auckland Hospital
Telephone: 01388 455134
Barbara Gordon, Shotley Bridge Hospital
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community