Speech and language therapy for adults

Speech and language therapists who work with adults do so in a variety of different locations across Ayrshire and Arran including in hospitals (inpatients and outpatients), clinics, health centres, care homes and people's own homes.

Speech and Language Therapists work with people who may have a range of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. These include:

  • Stroke
  • Parkinsons
  • Swallowing (eating and drinking difficulties)
  • Voice problems
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Fluency/stammering
  • Dementia
  • Head and neck cancers


Referrals to speech and language therapy come from many sources including: 

  • hospital medical and nursing staff  
  • GPs and consultants
  • dietitians
  • nurses                                                
  • psychologists                                     
  • physiotherapists  
  • occupational therapists                            
  • social workers
  • family members
  • self-referrals


You can make contact with a member of the Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) department to discuss a concern about a speech, language, communication or a swallowing difficulty, or to make a referral at the following locations:


South Ayrshire SLT

University Hospital Ayr

Dalmellington Road,

Ayr, KA6 6DX

Tel: 01292 610555                    


North Ayrshire SLT

Douglas Grant Rehabilitation Centre,

Ayrshire Central Hospital, Kilwinning Road,

Irvine, KA12 8SS

Tel: 01294 323045                                     


 East Ayrshire SLT  

University Hospital Crosshouse,

Kilmarnock Road,

Kilmarnock, KA2 0BE

Tel: 01563 827140                             



When you telephone the SLT Department to discuss a concern or make a referral, the SLT will ask you a number of questions to establish if we can help with your concern. This will enable us to direct you to another service, or to the SLT putting the person you are phoning about onto our waiting list.

When you telephone us, your call may go directly to our SLT department voice mail (the message will clearly state this is the SLT Department). Please leave a message with your name and contact phone number and indicate that you are phoning to ask advice or make a referral. We will return your call as soon as is possible.


In addition to the locations listed above, Speech and Language Therapists also work in a number of other locations across Ayrshire and Arran including:

  • East Ayrshire Community Hospital, Ayr Road, Cumnock, KA18 1EF
  • Biggart Hospital, Biggart Road, Prestwick, KA9 2HQ
  • Brooksby Medical and Resource Centre, 31 Brisbane Road, Largs, KA30 8LH
  • Arran War Memorial Hospital, Lamlash, Isle of Arran, KA27 8LF
  • Girvan Community Hospital, Bridgemill, Girvan, KA26 9HQ


What to expect at your first appointment

SLTs work in many locations across Ayrshire and Arran. You could be asked to attend any of the following places for your appointment:

  • hospital as an outpatient;
  • a health clinic; or
  • if appropriate, you could be visited at home. 

You are welcome to attend with a friend or relative.

On average an initial consultation might take thirty minutes to one hour. During this time, we will have a discussion with you and carry out any appropriate assessments. The SLT will then look at all of the information and agree on what further steps to take, which might be:

  • further advice;
  • a course of therapy; or
  • referral to another service. 

With your consent, a report of the agreed outcome will be sent to the person or agency that referred you to the service. 

Cancelling or changing appointments 

If you need to change or cancel an appointment please tell us as soon as possible so that we can offer your appointment to another person.    

Information if you work in a care home

For information about the referral process and recommendations provided by Speech and Language Therapists, click here.

Information leaflets

 For information leaflets about speech and language for adults, click here.