Speech Language Therapy

Speech Language Therapists are Health Professionals who are trained to work with patients and their family/whanau who have communication and/or swallowing disorders. This includes:

  • Eating, swallowing and/or communication issues as a result of a stroke, cancer, head injury or progressive neurological disorders (such as Parkinson's Disease, MND, MS)
  • Paediatric feeding disorders
  • Voice disorders.

The service provides assessment and management for inpatients, outpatients and community patients who are referred to the Speech-Language Therapy Department.


Speech-Language Therapy is part of the Allied Health Services at Timaru Hospital. Services include:

  • Assessment, management  and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders
  • Appropriate liaison and referral to other Health Professionals
  • Advocacy and support
  • Education and advice to patients, family/whanau, hospital  staff and community services
  • Help in the selection of alternative communication systems.

Level 1, Gardens Block,
Timaru Hospital Campus
Queen Street, Timaru

Contact Information

Phone: 03 687 2100 ex 8707
Fax: 03 687 2205
Secretary: 03 687 2120

Referral Information

For inpatients:

  • Allied Health Inpatient Referral form.

For outpatients/community

  • A written referral from a GP or Health Professional.