Swallowing

Swallowing difficulties

Many patients with diagnosed with a stroke, head injury, or a neurological conditions will experience swallowing problems known as Dysphagia.


This is where a patient appears to coughing and splutter when they eat or drink, and in severe cases choke. 


In these cases a speech and language therapist will assess your swallow to check that food and liquids are not entering your airway or your lungs. This can cause chest infections and in some cases pneumonia. 


A swallowing assessment will look at your optimal swallowing ability, achieving a "safe" swallow to maintain your health, and help you to enjoy your food and drinking once more maintaining your quality of life.