​Speech Language Therapy

The Speech Language Therapy Department (SLT) at Waikato Hospital provides in-patient and out-patient services for people in the Waikato region. We have inpatient and outpatient services at Waikato Hospital, and outreach clinics in Thames, Tokoroa and Te Kuiti. 


Speech Language Therapy involves:

  • Assessment and diagnosis
  • Rehabilitation services that are tailored to individual needs
  • Advice on the use of compensatory strategies, including the use of alternative and assistive technology (e.g., communication boards, electronic voice output devices, voice amplifiers).
  • Education to patients, family members and care staff working with the person with communication and/ or swallowing difficulties

We provide a service to adults with communication or swallowing difficulties due to conditions such as:

  • Stroke
  • Progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, muscular sclerosis, dementia
  • Cancer, or surgery to the head & neck
  • Voice difficulties.

Dysfluency (stuttering) We also provide a service to children who:

  • Require inpatient or outpatient services for feeding difficulties
  • Have feeding or speech difficulties due to a cleft, lip, palate or velopharyngeal insufficiency
  • Meet the criteria for the Child Development Centre

Key personnel

Deborah McKellar


Reception E
Level 2
Meade Clinical Centre
Waikato Hospital

Contact information

Phone: 078398882
Fax: 07 8398796
Email: SLT.Clinic@waikatodhb.health.nz

Referral information

Anyone can refer to speech language therapy, provided they have the patient’s permission. Please send referrals directly to the speech language therapy department.