Community Adult Speech And Language Therapy Service - Dorset Healthcare N.H.S.

The Dorset Community Adult Speech and Language Therapy Service offers assessment and advice/rehabilitation for people who are experiencing difficulties with communication and/or swallowing. Our service is available to people aged 18 years and above only. The Countywide service is divided into four teams, West Dorset; North and Central Dorset; Poole, East Dorset and the Isle of Purbeck and Bournemouth and Christchurch. In each location most of the service is delivered on a domiciliary basis (home-based) but outpatient appointments are also possible.


01202 277000


Venue address
Sentinel House Nuffield Road
BH17 0RB


Opening times
Mon: 09:00-17:00
Tue: 09:00-17:00
Wed: 09:00-17:00
Thu: 09:00-17:00
Fri: 09:00-17:00

Service Details

Cost variations
Our standard service is free but for some specific interventions alternative funding routes may have to be used.
Additional Information
Outpatient locations all have an out of hours answer machine service. Where necessary we work closely with the Speech and Language Therapy service to children in Dorset to provide an appropriate style of intervention.
Referral information
Professional and self-referral. Access to our service can be by self-referral for communication disorders but for swallowing disorders the referral must be made by a GP. Following acceptance of a referral direct contact will be made and an individualised approach to each persons needs will be made. We do not accept referrals for voice disorders or for communication disorders which have arisen as a direct result of a diagnosed learning disability or as a result of an acute mental health condition. These needs are covered by other services.
Age Range Details
18 years old and above.


Wheelchair accessible
All locations have access to buildings with ground floor out-patient rooms.
Parking availability information
All locations have a drop-off/collection area and most will have disabled parking or parking nearby.
Toilet facility information
Accessible/Disabled toilets.
Other Facilities
All locations are secure environments with baby changing facilities. Poole, East Dorset and Purbeck have a sensory room.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
We communicate with our service users using whatever medium they find most appropriate and all the work we do will be as a result of a joint decision making approach. For service users who transition from the paediatric service to our service, individual liaison with the service user and their existing Speech and Language Therapist will take place. For more information and guidance on SEND support, contact Deborah Slate on 07786 251116 or email

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Address: Sentinel House  Nuffield Road  Poole  Dorset

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