Dumfries & Galloway Health & Social Care

Speech And Language Therapy

Provide services throughout Dumfries and Galloway to people across all age groups. We work with babies, children, teenagers, adults, families and carers.

What We Do

Speech and Language Therapists are the lead experts in the assessment, diagnosis and appropriate intervention of speech, language, communication or swallowing difficulties.
Therapists work in partnership with others to reduce the impact of difficulties affecting a person’s wellbeing and ability to participate in everyday life.
Depending on individual needs therapy may take a variety of different forms and will vary according to the changing needs.

Therapy may include:

  • Assessment
  • Advice
  • Individual or group therapy
  • Training
  • Assessment and access to communication equipment and resources

Health Professionals

SLTs employed by NHS Dumfries and Galloway work in accordance with the professional guidelines of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists – more information  www.rcslt.org  

All SLTs are graduate Health professionals who must be registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC), which is the regulatory body for all Allied Health Professions.

More information and to check the registration of any of our SLTs visit www.hpc-uk.org  

Key principles of the SLT Service

The rights ,wishes and dignities of each individual and their carers are respected at all times.

Effective intervention is based on a holistic understanding of the individual, including their social, cultural, economic ,political and linguistic context.

The safety of the individual is paramount.

Speech and Language therapy intervention aims to be efficient and effective, that is to achieve the best possible results within given resources.

Speech and Language Therapy for Children and Young People

Welcome to Speech and Language Therapy for Children and Young People.

What We Do

Our Service offers a range of supports for children and young people with communication and/or swallowing needs. We work in partnership with them, their families and a range of other agencies in a variety of ways:

Contact us

Speech and Language Therapy For Children and Young People (CYP)

Our main office:

The Willows, Children, Young People and Families Centre,
Crichton Royal Hospital,
Dumfries. DG1 4TG.

Tel: 01387 244530

We also have offices at:
Garden Hill Primary Care Centre, 2 Garden Hill Road, Dumfries. 
Tel: 01556 505701

Newton Stewart Health Centre, Creebridge, Newton Stewart. DG8 6NR.
Tel:01671 402504

Lockerbie Health Centre, Victoria Gardens, Lockerbie. DG11 2BJ.
Tel: 01576 205537

You can contact us on our main departmental email:

For general support you can contact our Advice Line
Telephone: 01387 220013 – Wednesdays 2-4pm
Email: dg.talk-adviceline@nhs.scot


Following our service re-design in June 2016 we now offer…

Early Language and Speech Sound Drop-Ins
Communication Problem Solving Drop-Ins for parents
Consultation for Education and Partnership Nursery staff
A new training schedule for Education

You can now also find us on:

Look out for us at our Roving Road Shows. We’ve already been to D&G College Campuses in Dumfries and Stranraer and are planning to visit lots more venues across the region in the coming months.


Helpful advice and information on speech, language and communication development and support can be found on the websites below:


SLT Adult Service

Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs) and Speech and Language Therapy Support Workers work with Adults who have difficulties with:

  • Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Slurred speech (Dysarthria)
  • Language (Dysphasia)
  • Voice (Dysphonia)
  • Stammering (Dysfluency)
  • Dyspraxia

These difficulties may be a result of:

  • Stroke
  • Progressive Neurological conditions (such as M.S, M.N.D or Parkinson’s)
  • Acquired traumatic brain injury
  • Head & neck or other cancers,
  • Functional, organic or transgender voice difficulties
  • Physical disability
  • Mental health, including dementia
  • A range of other conditions (such as deafness or learning disability)

SLTs assess, diagnose, advise and treat adults with speech, language, communication and or swallowing difficulties. They work closely with family and carers and other professionals to ensure the best possible outcome for patients.


Referrals are preferred in writing with:

  • clinical reason for referral
  • accompanying relevant recent medical history
  • current list of medications.

GP’s can make electronic referrals via SCI gateway direct to SLT.

Pre referral guidance and advice can be given by telephone if required.

  • Please note voice difficulty referrals require an ENT referral/assessment prior to SLT intervention (a GP would normally initiate this referral)
  • Referrals for swallowing difficulties require a referral from a health care professional (e.g. GP, Physiotherapist, Dietician, Nurse)

Adult referral form 

Contact us

Please direct all enquires to:

Speech & Language Therapy Adult Service
Therapies Department,
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary,
Dumfries, DG2 8RX.

Tel: 01387 241 422

Or our base in the west of the region:

Speech & Language Therapy Adult Service
Galloway Community Hospital
Dalrymple Street

Tel: 01776 707791

We can also be contacted via email at:

Communication and Mealtime Toolkit

The toolkit (PDF 7.8MB) is a brief practical guide for those living and working with people with dementia, at home or in a care setting.

The published Toolkit booklet has been sent to health and care facilities in Dumfries & Galloway for use with people who have dementia. If you live within Dumfries and Galloway and require a or further hard copies of the booklet please contact us.

For those out with Dumfries and Galloway we are happy to share the toolkit as an online resource with individuals and or services from NHS Scotland for non commercial educational purposes and personal use. NHS Dumfries & Galloway Speech and Language Adult Service should always be acknowledged as the source.

Other individuals or organisations interested in the Toolkit can source copies of the Toolkit booklet (at a small cost) by contacting us.

Copyright permission enquiries should be made directly to

We trust you find the Toolkit useful and would welcome any feedback.