Adult Speech and Language Therapy Bexley


We are having to alter some of our services in response to the demands that Coronavirus is creating. This means that we may have less staff and will be unable to continue to provide services in the way we usually do. Therefore, we may need to do the following:

  • We may carry out consultations via phone or video call
  • The frequency of our visits for your care might be reduced
  • If the care you receive is not essential, it might be stopped for the time being.

We will speak with you about any new arrangements we need to put in place. We will inform any other people involved in your care of any changes made. 

We would like to thank you for your understanding and cooperation at this time. 

The Adult Speech and Language Therapy team provides support to adults who have difficulties in swallowing (dysphagia) and communicating (dysarthria, dysphasia) that are not due to a neurological condition.

We do not offer therapy for stammering (dysfluency) or Voice therapy for ENT conditions or head & neck cancer.

Referrals usually come from GPs or care homes.

Oxleas Patient Experience survey

The Oxleas Patient Experience survey gives you the opportunity to feedback on the care and treatment you have received. We also encourage your friends, family and carers to also provide feedback. Hearing your views gives us a better understanding of the needs of our patients, families and carers which helps us to make sure that we are providing a good standard of care. 

The short survey only takes a few minutes to complete and you can provide a written comment explaining what you think is working well and what is not. The Patient Experience team will collect the results of the surveys and these are shared with the relevant departments and management teams. This helps us to shape our services to continually improve the quality of the care and treatment we provide.


  • Community health services (adults)

Public phone number:

0203 910 7092

Details incorrect? Please let us know

We aim to ensure service listings on our website are accurate and up to date. If you see anything that is incorrect please fill in the form below to let us know.


I have noticed that when I speak, people usually have difficulty understanding what I am saying. This was not always the case until about the past 10 years. I do not understand why I can't communicate clearly or properly anymore the way I used to. I have to admit that at the same time, I seem to have become more forgetful as well. I notice that I can start a line of idea, then would quickly jump into another - and I think this confuses the listener even more. Sometimes, I jump words when I speak.

Because of this, I have lost a lot of great opportunities for work.

Dear Tim

Many thanks for posting your concerns. Changes in speech and memory can occur for various reasons, and should definitely be medically investigated.

I would urge you to make an appointment with your General Practitioner (GP) as a first step - they will undertake an initial examination and investigation, and start any necessary treatment or make any required referrals to more specialist services.

It is important not to ignore this, even it turns out that there is nothing serious wrong.

Kind regards

Dr Derek Tracy
Clinical Director

My mum had a stroke 3 months ago which affected her speech and movement; she was discharged as an "early supported patient" and placed in the care of the early supported discharge team in our area. She was seen frequently by the OT, and Physiotherapists who all did an excellent job; but was barely seen by the speech and language therapist whose help she needed the most because of her aphasia.

Her time with the ESD team is now coming to an end but she still requires ongoing help with her aphasia. It's been very disappointing to see that there is very little help available in our borough ( Greenwich ) and Oxleas NHS. Furthermore the services provided by the Stroke Association are in the process of being shut down due to funding problems. Where can we turn to for help?

Dear Tayo

Thank you for your feedback about the care and treatment we provided to your mother following her recent stroke. I hope that she is continuing to make improvements.

I have contacted you directly to discuss your mother's care, and the support she can expect to receive, in more detail.

Best wishes

Keith Soper
Service Director

My difficulty is that I have a stammer when I speak. From a previous speech group course for stammering a few years ago I was told that I may have a "clutter" instead with symptoms of stammering with it? I haven't had any speech therapy since as I never seemed to stammer much around the therapists so they found it really hard to help.

It really gets in the way of day to day communication and as I'll be starting uni at the end of this September I'd really like to improve my speech as much as possible before so that it's as easy as possible to talk confidently and fluently with new people.

Could you kindly let me know how you would be able to help, and would it be via yourself or would you be referring me to someone?

I look forward to your response,



Dear Claes

Thank you for your query. At present we are not commissioned to provide a service for adults with a stammer in Bexley. I am sorry we are therefore not able to offer you assessment and intervention. Our Lead Speech and Language Therapist has provided some suggestions for additional support below with website links. I hope you find these useful.

Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice

The British Stammering Association

CityLit, who offer stammering courses

Starfish, who offer stammering courses

Best wishes

Keith Soper
Service Director

Tell us what you think

Your contact details:

Comments will be moderated and published on this website.

Your telephone number and email address are required in case we need to contact you directly. These details are treated in the strictest confidence and will not be shared with any third-parties.