Adult Speech and Language Therapy

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information about our service

Some parts of this service are operating in a different way. Clinics and non-essential home visit appointments will be carried out by phone or video call. Essential home visits will continue. We will be directly contacting patients or you can contact us, using the details below.

Keep up-to-date with the latest information, read our page on Coronavirus.

Contact us

0300 123 0785 for east Kent
0300 123 1948 for west Kent
kentchft.aslt@nhs.net

To refer, please complete our Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy Service referral form.

See a list of our clinic locations below. Please use the phone numbers above when needing to contact the service. The numbers for the locations are reception numbers and not for our service.

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.

If you are a GP and would like a version of the referral form suitable for upload to your local patient admin system, please email kentchft.aslt@nhs.net.

Or please complete our Adult Community Speech and Language Therapy Service referral form.

Our locations

Canterbury Health Centre

26 Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3JH

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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Dover Health Centre

Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Kent CT16 1RH

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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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.

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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Heathside Centre

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

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

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Millmead Sure Start Centre

Dane Valley Road, Margate, Kent CT9 3RU

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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Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital

King Edward Avenue, Herne Bay, CT6 6EB

The MIU at this hospital is run by local GPs, please visit Health Help Now for more details.

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

Please call 01227 594756 for the MIU.

Daily: 8am to 8pm

X-ray: 8.30am to 1pm and 2 to 4pm, Monday to Thursday.

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 local GPs, please visit Health Help Now 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:

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

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St Stephen’s Health Centre

St Stephen Walk, Ashford, Kent TN23 5AQ

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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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

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

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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

March 2020
Canterbury

I had been very upset with my lack of voice and tightness of my neck. (Staff name) listened as helped me rectify this. It was an excellent service. Everyone told me my voice was normal. I knew it wasn't. (Staff name) agreed it was not! I felt that I was listened to and was supported to make a full recovery

February 2020
Thanet

The lady was on time, very professional and thorough. Explain everything as we went through appointment.

February 2020
Canterbury

Both staff members were very friendly, constructive and knowledgeable.

January 2020
Canterbury

(Staff name) was kind, caring and very thorough with treatment, explanation and exercises.

December 2019
Tonbridge and Malling

I have Parkinson’s disease and I find the Adult Speech and language therapy department and Discussion Group for Parkinsons patients extremely helpful for my speech problems. (Staff name) is very encouraging and helpful.

July 2019
Tonbridge and Malling

The team was very helpful and encouraging in particular, my voice improved greatly.

July 2019
Canterbury

I feel like everything went smoothly and all my questions were answered.

July 2019
Herne Bay

I think this is a fantastic service and it provides such amazing support to to the transgender community.

Jun-19
Canterbury

Group sessions post 1-2-1 sessions have been invaluable in building confidence and using my authentic voice in everyday situations.

Jun-19
Canterbury

The care and help I received was exceptional. I was given time and I was listened too. Not something I had experienced at my server. Consequently I began to rebuild hope in my life. (Staff name) gave the same care and attention to the student she had who also helped me. I am so glad that this service was available for me and I appreciate the presence. Thank you!

Jun-19
Canterbury

Helpful information in a friendly and approachable way.

February 2019
Thanet

They were very good. Very quick. The patient had advanced dementia and they took that into account and were very patient and calm with her.

February 2019
Canterbury

I found the person taking the sessions very competent and helpful.

February 2019
Coxheath

(Staff name) is very helpful, professional, polite, diagnosed problems and gave me appropriate exercises which were very effective.

January 2019
Coxheath

A relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. 

January 2019
Deal

All my treatment was first class.

January 2019
Dover

Professional, helpful, efficient, friendly, informative.

January 2019
Canterbury

I was amazed at the quickness of my referral and the support I had over the last few months. Thank you so much.

January 2019
Canterbury

I found the sessions helpful and informative, they provided me with hands on strategies that I could implement in my daily life.

January 2019
Ashford

Appointments were on time, and I was well treated.

June 2018
Herne Bay

The help I had that was really made a difference with my voice also the very good advice that I was given.

June 2018
Coxheath

It has been fantastic for me. Made me so much more aware of how I use my voice.

May 2018
Herne Bay

The service has helped me so much, when I came here I did not have a voice. I now can be heard and also I can now sing which I enjoyed.

May 2018
Sevenaoks

Very satisfied with all aspects of the service I have received.

May 2018
Tonbridge & Malling

I felt listened to, not rushed and was not made to feel uncomfortable.

April 2018
Canterbury

I benefited a lot from visiting my voice therapist because she gave me better understanding of my condition.

April 2018
Ashford

The best service I have received from any organisation ever.

March 2018
Ashford

Throughout my sessions everything has been done in a relaxed, friendly but thorough way. Excellent advice had been given to enable me to find coping strategies to deal with any difficulties. The sessions never seemed rushed and what I had to say was always dealt with respectfully and with interest. This service has given me great assistance.

March 2018
Canterbury

I have been treated with courtesy and respect. Everything has been explained to me. The exercises given to me to practise between appointments have been demonstrated and practised.

March 2018
Herne Bay

Understanding, caring, listened, friendly.

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.

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