Speech & Language Therapy

Mission Statement

To deliver an individualised person-centred Speech and Language Therapy service for service users and their families, to enable them to realise their full potential in terms of physical, emotional, and psychosocial well-being.

What we do

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The Speech & Language Therapy Department at St. James's Hospital specialises in the assessment and management of adult acquired communication and swallowing difficulties.  These difficulties may be as a result of:

  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Parkinson's Disease and other neurological conditions
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Cancer

The department provides an assessment, diagnostic and management service across a broad range of areas including Medicine for the Elderly, Head and Neck Cancer, General Medical and Surgical specialities and Critical Care.

A specialist outpatient service is also provided for the management of cleft lip and palate from birth through childhood, and into adulthood if required.  This is part of the Combined Cleft Lip and Palate team, a multidisciplinary service comprised of Plastic Surgeon, Speech and Language Therapist, Cleft Co-ordinator, Cleft Nurse Specialist, Paediatric dentistry, Orthodontics, Audiology, Prosthodontics, and Maxillo-facial surgeon.  Wider team links include Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Consultant, Opthamology, Genetics, Neurology, Psychology and Psychiatry.

The department is part of the SCOPe Management Unit.

Contact Details

Reception hours are from 9am – 1pm Monday to Friday.  Outside these hours please leave a message on voicemail (which is checked regularly) and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Postal address:
Speech and Language Therapy Department,
Brookfield Clinic,
St James’s Hospital,
Dublin 8

Title Name PhoneEmail 
SLT Manager  Gina O’Donohue  (01) 428 4723  godonohue@stjames.ie
SLT Department Reception  Debbie O'Reilly (01) 416 2471/ 2398  doreilly@stjames.ie


Specialty Day Location Consultant 
Videofluoroscopic Assessment of Swallow

Tuesday & Thursday (inpatients) - 2pm

 Wednesday (outpatients) - 2pm 

Barium Room, Diagnostic Imaging  N/A
Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES)

Every Wednesday - 10am


Outpatient Department, ENT Suite 4 N/A
Joint SLT/ Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month - 2pm 


Outpatients Suite 4 Mr Orr 

Other outpatient speech and language therapy appointments are held in the SLT department or at specialty clinics. Please check your appointment letter or with your therapist for details.   

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