Adult Speech and Language Therapy

Treating communication and swallowing disorders using one to one and group therapy, carer support and advice.

Contact us

0300 123 0785 for east Kent
01732 376813 for west Kent
kentchft.aslt@nhs.net

See a list of our clinic locations below.

Who we are

We are speech and language therapists who specialise in treating communication and swallowing disorders using one-to-one or group therapy, carer support and advice. Our clients can have a range of long-term conditions including Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia and Huntington’s disease, but we are not generally able to treat patients whose condition is the result of a hearing impairment or who have lifelong conditions such as autistic spectrum disorders. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a referral to our service.

What we do

We work in community clinics, hospitals, private homes and nursing and residential homes to assess, diagnose and help patients manage a variety of communication and swallowing disorders.

The team provides training programmes to tackle such things as communication after a stroke, feeding and communication difficulties for people suffering from dementia and recognising and managing swallowing and vocal problems including stammering and slurred speech.

We specialise in acquired neurological disorders, older adult mental health, voice, head and neck oncology, dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and stammering.

How do you use this service?

You can get in touch using the information here or you can be referred by a GP or healthcare professional.

Our locations

Canterbury Health Centre

26 Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3JH

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Please note there may be other services at this location, including services not provided by KCHFT.

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Dover Health Centre

Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Kent CT16 1RH

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Faversham Health Centre

Bank Street, Faversham ME13 8QR

Health Centre open daily: 8am to 8pm

X-ray: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

  • Sprains and strains
  • Dressings
  • Cuts and wounds
  • Minor head injuries
  • Wound infections
  • Children over one with a minor injury
  • Minor eye injuries and infections
  • Minor back, shoulder or chest injuries
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Insect and animal bites

This MIU is run by Faversham Medical Practice, please see their website for details.

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Heathside Centre

Invicta House, Heath Road, Coxheath, Maidstone, Kent ME17 4AH

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Millmead Sure Start Centre

Dane Valley Road, Margate, Kent CT9 3RU

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Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

King Edward Avenue, Herne Bay, CT6 6EB

Community hospital

Visitors are always welcome between 3 to 5pm, and 7 to 8pm or by arrangement with staff.

For blood tests please call 0330 123 9462.

Please see our Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital page for more details.

Minor injury unit

Daily: 8am to 8pm

X-ray: Limited service, call 01227 594700 for details

The MIU treats:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Dressings
  • Cuts and wounds
  • Minor head injuries
  • Wound infections
  • Children over one with a minor injury
  • Minor eye injuries and infections
  • Minor back, shoulder or chest injuries
  • Minor burns and scalds
  • Insect and animal bites

The MIU at this hospital is run by Kent and Medway NHS Social Care Partnership Trust, please visit QVMH Hospital for more details.

Our services at this location

Please note there may be other services at this location, including services not provided by KCHFT.

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Sevenoaks Hospital

Hospital Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3PG

Community hospital

Ward visiting times are 2.30 to 5pm and 6.30 to 8pm

Please see our Sevenoaks Hospital page for more details.

Minor injury unit

8am to 8pm, every day of the year.

X-ray: Monday to Friday, 8.45am to 5pm.

See our minor injury units page for more details.

Our services at this location:

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St Stephen’s Health Centre

St Stephen Walk, Ashford, Kent TN23 5AQ

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Tonbridge Cottage Hospital

Vauxhall Lane, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 0NE

Community hospital

Ward visiting times are 2.30 to 5pm and 6.30 to 8pm.

Please see our Tonbridge Cottage Hospital page for more details.

Our services at this location

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Whitstable and Tankerton Hospital

174-176 Northwood Road, Tankerton, Whitstable, Kent CT5 3HN

Community hospital

24-hour service for patients

Inpatient visiting hours: 2.30pm to 4.30pm and 6.30pm to 8pm.
Outpatient clinics: Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm.

Please see our Whitstable and Tankerton Hospital page for more details.

Our services at this location

Please note there may be other services at this location, including services not provided by KCHFT.

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Your comments

January 2018
Ashford

Extremely helpful, friendly, supportive and kind staff visiting at home. Excellent service.

January 2018
Canterbury

It has worked extremely well for me and I couldn't even imagine any other way to go through voice training.

January 2018
Ashford

Always very polite helpful and caring. Seen on time and treatment appropriate.

February 2018
Canterbury

I received a great quality treatment. My symptoms have been successfully treated.

February 2018
Ashford

The help was excellent, you could see a big difference after each visit.

February 2018
Canterbury

The therapist is so thorough, she researched my particular problem as she hadn't seen it before, she is easy to get along with. The service is easily accessible. She has helped me no end

February 2018
Ashford

I've been very grateful for the help we have received. I'm very pleased with the service. You have been very understanding.

February 2018
Thanet

We were always treated with kindness and respect and understanding.

December 2017
Faversham

Caring and helpful.

December 2017
Coxheath

Approachable and reliable. She said she'll contact me in 6 weeks and she did just that. Very thorough consultations.

December 2017
Tonbridge & Malling

I found the professional advice invaluable and it has really made the quality of my mother's experience much better - she can now drink from a cup.

November 2017
Coxheath

It has been a pleasurable experience as well as an effective one.

November 2017
Whitstable

A very pleasant therapist who explained everything very clearly and has achieved a very satisfactory result.

November 2017
Ashford

Very helpful, also very patient with my husband who has problems speaking.

November 2017
Herne Bay

Throughout my treatment I have received very good care and attention to my personal requirements.

October 2017
Coxheath

Therapist was extremely helpful, explaining everything.

October 2017
Canterbury

High quality service, knowledge, correct attitude and kindness.

October 2017
Canterbury

Very helpful and patient with my problem, greatly improved my voice with exercises given.

September 2017
Ashford

Staff are very caring. Made the extra effort to attend best interest meeting. Thoroughly discussed, effective communication through written reports.

September 2017
Thanet

Very friendly service. Put me completely at ease and helped my voice get back to normal pitch.

September 2017
Whitstable

Very positive, proactive and efficient service. I am overjoyed with the results of therapy and the expertise of Sally, as well as professionalism.

August 2017
Ashford

The care and kindness has been amazing.

August 2017
Canterbury

Very caring understanding therapist. Took time to explain so that I could understand.

August 2017
Herne Bay

Very understanding, explained everything in terms we understood, very professional and excellent customer service skills.

July 2017
Coxheath

I have found the service encouraging, helpful in a friendly and kind way.

July 2017
Canterbury

I received professional and kind attention with good confidence-building advice.

July 2017
Whitstable

Hydrotherapy. A totally excellent service from start to finish, Thank you so much.

June 2017
Coxheath

Cannot fault the service received.

June 2017
Thanet

If not for this service, my voice would have deteriorated further.

June 2017
Canterbury

A friendly, constructive and professional service. It has greatly supported and improved my understanding of myself and my interaction with others.

May 2017
Faversham

Super, professional and helpful appointment.

May 2017
Thanet

My treatment was extremely good and both Annie and Leila were a wonderful help and made me feel at ease. I felt like I could really talk to Leila about anything. She was very approachable.

May 2017
Canterbury

Brilliant care and assessment. Excellent management of dysphagia with a real benefit.

April 2017
Thanet

The service has been a great help in advancing my efforts to make my voice sound more feminine.

April 2017
Canterbury

Everything was explained so well and the treatment/recommendations given worked very well and resolved problem.

April 2017
Coxheath

I now have a voice after not having one for four months.

March 2017
Coxheath

Hannah was very professional in the way she contacted me and organised appointment as well as during appointment. She was clear about everything and extremely helpful with my voice problem. She has an excellent manner.

March 2017
Thanet

It was very informative and with the aid of the animation on the tablet helped me understand.

March 2017
Canterbury

Member of staff - very attentive to patient, didn't rush, very thorough with her assessment. Should be a good example for other therapies. Very pleased with service.

February 2017
Canterbury

I think it's very relaxed and you have been kind to me, you've had lots of understanding with my conditions.

February 2017
Thanet

I have been given a lot of support and guidance with my stammer over the months and my confidence has increased due to this.

February 2017
Tonbridge & Malling

Very professional, kind, explained everything, absolutely wonderful.

January 2017
Ashford

I have benefitted from consistently excellent support and guidance from the local SLT service.

January 2017
Tonbridge & Malling

Supporting and encouraging.

December 2016
Canterbury

Friendly, positive service. Timely. NHS at its best.

November 2016
Thanet

They listen, are friendly and always suggest things to make life easier.

November 2016
Canterbury

I feel that I received not only good advice and direction for my voice but also I feel that where my voice has settled, after therapy, it feels authentic to myself. Thank you.

November 2016
Herne Bay

The therapist was always kind, helpful, encouraging and reassuring.

November 2016
Coxheath

I was really impressed by the difference the sessions have made to my ability to speak.

September 2016
Canterbury

Very lovely care and thank you for getting my voice back on track.

September 2016
Gravesham

The young ladies I saw were very polite, friendly and helpful.

August 2016
Canterbury

I have been given back my voice and this will enable me to live my life again.

August 2016
Coxheath

Found the treatment useful and certainly worked for me. Clear explaination and friendly approach. Always cheerful and helpful.

July 2016
Canterbury

I was given a treatment plan to follow which has improved my voice and confidence enormously. Staff were so kind and encouraging.

July 2016
Thanet

I was very pleased with the concern and kindness shown to my husband.

July 2016
Sittingbourne

Hannah was very helpful and friendly, very approachable and made me feel comfortable. She re-enforced some of what I was doing already and made more suggestions to help me further. Thank you.

June 2016
Thanet

I think my husband was treated with absolute gentleness and respect for his dignity, understanding absolutely the disease and its impact on him.

June 2016
Herne Bay

Sally has been amazingly supportive throughout my treatment therapy.

June 2016
Faversham

Therapist was polite, friendly and warm.

June 2016
Gravesham

Just wanted to say thanks for an excellent service.

June 2016
Sevenoaks

I have found this service so helpful through my whole transition, it has helped me become the person I am today. This has been so important to me.

June 2016
Sittingbourne

Exceptional service has really helped me.

March 2016
Coxheath

Really happy with the results and lots of valuable exercises/information gained.

March 2016
Canterbury

It has been extremely supportive informative and helpful.

January 2016

Therapists have always been helpful and encouraging. (Thanet)

January 2016

We have been given valuable advice and guidance and feel supported. Our therapist inspires confidence. Wonderful. (Herne Bay)