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Web Link: Speech & Language Therapy (link to their official webpages on ICU)

This link will take you to the website of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and their web pages on Intensive or Critical Care. The language used can be a little formal and technical in places, but you might find their web pages useful.There are 6 pages in total, covering the following topics: How speech & language therapy can help in critical care What you can expect from speech & language therapy in critical care Some resources (links to short videos and...

Article: Speech and Language Therapist

What does a Speech and Language Therapist do? Speech and Language Therapists are trained in assessing and treating swallowing and communication problems. Why might I need to see a Speech and Language Therapist during or after Intensive Care? It is not uncommon for patients who have spent time on a ventilator or breathing machine to develop short term problems with swallowing or with their voice. Temporary changes to the sound and strength of the voice can occur, with it...

Web Link: Speech and Language Therapy (find a registered (private) therapist near you)

This link will take you to the website of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice. This means that you would have to pay for their help yourself. All their therapists are fully qualified and registered with their professional groups. You can find a private therapist in your area by typing in your postcode, and the type of problem you need help with.

Web Link: Swallowing problems ("dysphagia") after COVID-19 (video)

Some patients may develop problems with swallowing, after spending time in Intensive Care due to COVID-19. Patients who spend a longer time on the ventilator (breathing machine or life support machine) may be at increased risk of developing these types of problems. This link will take you to a 10 minute video from an NHS Speech and Language Therapist. Some of the language used is a bit technical, but there are short animations that will help you understand the normal process of...

Web Link: Swallowing, communication and mouthcare

This link will take you to an excellent patient support resource from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and their webpages on problems with swallowing, communication and mouthcare.