Request for SLT Assistance

Anyone can make a Request for Assistance as long as permission has been given by the parent or carer. Parents/carers as well as professionals, can complete and return a Request for Assistance form should there be a concern regarding a child’s communication skills; or their eating, drinking and swallowing needs.

What is a Request for Assistance?

Request for Assistance is a new procedure which is replacing our previous referral system.

What might happen next when a Request for Assistance is received?

The information is gathered from the request in order to decide what assistance would suit the child / young person at that time, based on their needs and the impact of the presenting issues. Assistance from the Speech and Language Therapy service as a result of the request could be:

  • Support and tailored advice for parents/carers and the family
  • Consultation and advice with education staff
  • Signposting staff to resources and approaches that would   support the child/young person
  • Modelling activities for staff and the family to use to support  communication
  • Ongoing assessment and direct support for the child/ young  person individually or within a group
Request SLT Assistance Form

Contacts for Enquiries and Requests for Assistance

Midlothian

To seek advice or to discuss a child with a Speech and Language Therapist from the Midlothian team, please phone the telephone helpline on 0131 454 9544 on Tuesdays from 2.00 – 4.00pm.
Send paper requests to: 
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
Newbattle Medical Centre
Blackcot
Mayfield
Dalkeith
Midlothian
EH22 4AA

East Edinburgh

For local clinics:

  • Leith Community Treatment Centre
  • Mountcastle Health Centre
Send requests to: 
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
Leith Community Treatment Centre
Junction Place, Edinburgh EH6 5JQ
Tel: 0131 536 6467

For local clinics:

  • Craigmillar Medical Centre
  • Gracemount Medical Centre
  • Tollcross Health Centre
Send requests to:
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
Gracemount Medical Centre, 24 Gracemount Drive,
Edinburgh, EH16 6RN
Tel: 0131 672 9456

West Edinburgh

For local clinics:

  • Sighthill Health Centre
  • Pentlands Health Centre
  • Westerhailes Healthy Living Centre
  • Pennywell All Care Centre
  • South Queensferry Health Centre
  • Allermuir Health Centre
Send requests to:
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
Sighthill Health Centre, Calder Road, Edinburgh EH11 4AJ
Tel:0131 537 7119

East Lothian

To seek advice or to discuss a child with a Speech and Language Therapist from the East Lothian team, please phone the telephone helpline on 0131 446 4136 on Tuesdays from 1.30pm – 4pm.

Send requests to:
Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Department
Musselburgh Primary Care Centre, Inveresk Road,
Musselburgh, EH21 7BP
Tel:0131 446 4009

West Lothian

Send request directly to the Speech and Language Therapist at the health centre where the child is registered.

Health Centres:

Howden, Armadale, Bathgate, Carmondean, Fauldhouse, Blackburn, Whitburn, East Calder, West Calder, Dedridge, Strathbrock, Linlithgow.

Alternatively Send To:

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy Department
Howden Road West,
St John’s Hospital, Livingston EH54 6PP
Tel: 01506 524191