Any patient with a new onset swallowing difficulty should be referred to a Speech & Language Therapist for assessment Hospital admission should be considered. All patients will have a Dysphagia Management Plan which will provide information and advice to patients, their families and other health professionals The local policy for the management of dysphagia should be referred to if no SLT is available.
The aim of intervention is to minimise complications and to establish a method of feeding that is acceptable to the patient and which allows for adequate intake while minimising the risk of aspiration and choking. Every patient should be regularly reviewed. This is necessary to monitor improvements and change of management requirements. Refer to Multi-Disciplinary Care Pathway and Protocols for further information.
For information or advice, please contact Speech and Language Therapy (01463 705424) or Stroke Coordinator (01463 704086)