Speech and Language Therapists (often called SALTs) work with children, young people and adults who have a range of speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. Our team of SALTs have specialist skills and expertise to assess and diagnose your difficulties. We will then work with you to plan the best way forward to support your needs, offering advice and therapy when appropriate.

Our children’s service can help with:

  • Delayed language development
  • Developmental Language Disorder
  • Speech sound difficulties
  • Learning difficulties
  • Stammering/Dysfluency
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Physical Disability such as Cerebral Palsy

Our Adult Service can help with:

  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Stammering/Dysfluency
  • Head and Neck Cancer, other cancers e.g. lung, brain
  • Voice problems/cough
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Long term neurological problems such as Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington’s Disease, Head Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Adults with Learning Difficulties when admitted to hospital

Contact us

South Tyneside:

Children’s Services Base

Speech and Language Therapy Department

Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre

Prince Edward Road

South Shields

Tyne and Wear

NE34 8PS

0191 2832484


Adult Services Base
Speech and Language Therapy

South Tyneside District Hospital

Harton Lane

South Shields

Tyne & Wear

NE34 0PL

Tel: 0191 4041060




Children’s Services Base
Speech and Language Therapy Department
Children’s Centre
Durham Road

0191 5699122


Adult Services Base
Speech and Language Therapy
Chester Wing
Sunderland Royal Hospital
Kayll Road

0191 5699009

Finding us

We work in a range of locations including:

  • Schools and Nurseries
  • Health Centres
  • Nursing and Residential Homes
  • Hospitals
  • Family Homes

Our team

Speech and Language Therapy Head of Service (Adults and Children)

Ruth Rayner 0191 5699009


South Tyneside District Hospital:

Speech and Language Therapy Adult Clinical Leads:

Acute – Samantha Taylor, Community – Sarah Talbot 

0191 4041060


Children’s Team Clinical Leads:

Emma Bowen  - Community 0191 2832484

Val Dean- CAN (Children with Additional Needs) 0191 2832484



Children’s Speech and Language Therapy - Operational Manager

Melanie Wade 0191 5699122