Specialist Services

We provide a range of specialist services across the county to support to people with a wide range of conditions. They are provided by the organisations that run community services ESNEFT, WSFT and Suffolk GP Federation.

These include:

  • specialist nursing for people living with neurological conditions including Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy - WSFT
  • a falls prevention team, and specialist nurses whose focus is on fragility fractures and osteoporosis Suffolk GP Federation
  • a Bladder and Bowel team working with people who have continence problems - these can be suffered at any age, for example by people who have had surgery*
  • a specialist team for people who have a stoma (a surgically created opening which allows waste to leave the body)
  • heart failure service
  • cardiac rehabilitation team
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) team working to support people in the community, and prevent hospital admission (also care for people requiring oxygen at home)
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation team - using physiotherapy and exercise courses to help people with respiratory challenges to maintain independence
  • West Suffolk Lymphoedema Service for patients with lymphoedema and lipodema
  • Community matrons - working with patients who have a number of chronic, long-term conditiond

We also run and support groups to encourage peer support for people with various conditions - for example for falls prevention, including exercise courses,; communications groups for people with speech issues, and the Lymphoedema Support Suffolk (see information below).

Referral would normally be made by your GP or hospital consultant.

Adult Speech and Language Therapy:

Adult Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) services offer assessment, specific advice and targeted therapy for inpatients, outpatients and community patients aged 18 and over with a range of communication and swallowing difficulties. The clients we see may include those with acquired progressive disorders (eg Parkinson’s Disease, Motor Neurone Disease), stroke, brain injury or dementia. We also see adults who stammer (dysfluency). If appropriate, therapy may be offered in a one-to-one session, on a group basis or by training carers to support the client. We see clients in community clinics, hospital outpatient clinics, in hospital and at home where necessary (including care homes).All of the qualified staff working in the service are registered Speech and Language Therapists, who deliver the service in accordance with their professional body, the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (www.rcslt.org). Speech and Language Therapy Assistants may help support the delivery of therapy.

Referral criteria

The Adult SLT services provide intervention and management of communication and swallowing difficulties for clients aged 18 years and over, registered to a Suffolk GP (IESCCG and WSCCG). The service operates an open referral system, which means anyone can refer to SLT, including our clients. In practice, the majority of referrals are received from Hospital Consultants, GPs, nursing colleagues including Care Home staff, dietitians, and any member of the multi-disciplinary team involved in patient care. Referrals should be directed to the Care Co-ordination Centre. Patients with voice disorders may need to be referred to ENT before they can be seen by Speech and Language Therapy.

* If you have unused, unopened continence products, these can be collected from you, which really helps us to save resources. to arrange for free collection please call the Care Co-ordination Centre on 0300 123 2425.

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