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Speech Therapy

Introduction

Speech Therapy Department mainly provides consultation and intervention to patients with communication and swallowing problems.

Target service groups include:

  • Patients suffered from Dysphagia
  • Patients suffered from Neurological Communication Disorders
  • Patients suffered from Voice Disorders
  • Patients with Behavioral Feeding Problem

Scope of Service

Speech Therapy Service at Pok Oi Hospital includes:

  • In-patient service
  • Out-patient service
  • Geriatric Day Hospital service
  • Videofluoroscopic Swallowing Study(VFSS)
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing(FEES)
  • Voice clinic
  • Stroke program
  • Staff clinical training program, e.g. Feeding skills training workshop

Service Targets

Dysphagia

  • Dysphagia refers to all kinds of swallowing and feeding difficulty which can be resulted from stroke (ischaemic or haemorrhagic), brain tumor, encephalitis, degenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinsonism, Dementia), muscular dystrophy, Myasthenia Gravis, Cerebral palsy, Cleft lips and palates, head and neck cancer, glossectomy, laryngectomy, oesphagectomy...etc.
  • Patients with dementia may have behavioral feeding problem.
  • Tracheostomy may affect patient’s swallowing ability.
  • Careful Hand Feeding management for patients under end-of-life care.
  • Dysphagia may lead to aspiration pneumonia, malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss and even suffocation.

Neurological Communication Disorders

  • Neurological Communications Disorders are communication disorders resulted from brain related diseases. For example, stroke (ischemic or hemorrhagic), brain injury, brain tumor, encephalitis, degenerative diseases (e.g. Parkinsonism, Dementia).
  • Neurological Communication Disorders include: Aphasia, Apraxia of Speech, Dysarthria and Cognitive Communication Disorders.

Voice Disorders

  • Patients with voice disorders may have hoarseness, dysphonia, pitch break, sore throat, improper pitch control and improper loudness control. Causes of Voice disorders: vocal abuse, vocal cord trauma, psychogenic factors, ineffective phonation methods, neurological diseases…etc. The above causes may lead to vocal nodules, vocal cord edema, vocal cord polyps, vocal cord palsy and so on.
  • The ability to phonate will be affected after tracheostomy.
  • Laryngectomees are patients who have their voice box removed. Speech Therapists will teach laryngectomees to use different methods to phonate, for example, oesophageal speech, electrolarynx, pneumatic speaking aids.

Speech Therapist’s Role in Communication Disorders/Voice Disorders Management

  • Restore communication ability for patients.
  • Tailor-make alternative and augmentative communication tools for individual patient.
  • Educate caregivers about tactics to communicate with patients who have communication disorders.
  • Introduce effective phonation methods to suitable patients.

Speech Therapist’s Role in Dysphagia Management

  • Assess oral and pharyngeal phase dysphagia and introduce safe feeding strategies.
  • Recommend suitable diet consistencies.
  • Educate caregivers about safe feeding techniques.

Appointment Procedures

For in-patient: accept medical referral only

For out-patient: please bring medical referral and go to the Integrated Allied Health Departments Information & Reception counter, 1/F, Pok Oi Hospital

Service Hours

In-patient Service

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Out-patient Service (1/F, Pok Oi Hospital)

Monday, Tuesday & Friday 1:30pm – 5:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday 9:00am – 12:30pm

Contact Us

Telephone: 2486 8113

Pamphlet for Download

Chinese Version Only. Please refer to the Chinese Version.