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

For more information on our Children's Speech and Language Therapy Service, click here.

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

Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre
Acacia Grove
South Shields
NE34 8PS

0191 283 2484


Adult Services Base
Speech and Language Therapy
South Tyneside District Hospital
Harton Lane
South Shields
Tyne & Wear
NE34 0PL

Tel: 0191 404 1060




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

0191 569 9122


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

0191 569 9009

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