What does this service provide?

Who we are

Our multi-disciplinary team comprises of a consultant ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon, associate specialist in paediatrics, and a specialist speech and language therapist.

Multi-disciplinary team: A multidisciplinary team (MDT) is a group of health and care professionals from one or more organisations who come together to discuss how best to care for you.

What we do

Our consultant ENT (ear, nose and throat) surgeon will carry out an examination of your ears, nose and throat to see what may be causing any oral difficulties you are experiencing. We may refer you for other ENT investigations or ENT surgery.

Our speech and language therapist will assess your oral ability and may arrange another appointment at your home, school, or local clinic to set up a programme to help you with speech, eating, drinking and/or saliva control.

Our associate specialist in paediatrics will discuss any health issues and medications with you that may be affecting your oral ability.

We will then discuss a treatment plan with you which may include one of the following options:

  • further ENT investigations
  • oral skills training
  • palatal training therapy
  • botulinum toxin
  • medication
  • ENT surgery

Appointment information

Appointment types

Your appointment will be at our outpatient clinic at Chailey Clinical Services. When you arrive, our receptionist will check that we have your correct details and show you where to wait for your appointment. A clinic health worker will meet you and take you to the clinic room.

During your appointment you’ll be able to discuss your oral difficulties and any issues you are having with your speech, or with eating, drinking or saliva control.

Who you’ll see

During your assessment, you will see a consultant ENT surgeon, associate specialist in paediatrics, and a specialist speech and language therapist.

How can I access this service?

We accept referrals from your paediatrician, GP, speech and language therapist or any other health professional. Our service is available to children and young adults under the age of 19.

We accept referrals from any area but if your GP is located outside of Sussex we will require funding to be obtained before acceptance.

For adults over the age of 19, funding will need to be agreed.

How can I contact this service?

Contact details
Telephone: 01825 722 112
Where to find us
Address: Chailey Clinical Services, Beggers Wood Road, Chailey, BN8 4JN

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Opening hours

Our clinics are held once a month and run from 9:30am to 12:30pm, appointments are scheduled for 30-minutes.

More detailed information about the date, time and location of your appointment can be found on your appointment letter.

Waiting times

You will receive a letter notifying you of the outcome of your referral.

For those accepted, we aim to see all new referrals within 18 weeks.

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