Head of Department: Mr. Jabulani Baloyi
Contact number: 018 406 4713
What is Speech therapy(what is it about)?
The unit attends to patients with speech and hearing problems. Children and Adults who may have lost their hearing due to an illness like TB or meningitis are rehabilitated with hearing devices to help them be independent individuals. In the case of speech therapy, they attend to children as well as adults who may have feeding problems and or speech impediments due to accidents or stroke for example. Children who are born prematurely are especially important as they are prone to have feeding difficulties. We also work with the multidisciplinary team (physiotherapy, occupational therapy, Dietetic department etc)
What are its specialised services (what does the unit offer)?
- Hearing assessments
- Hearing screening
- Feeding assessments
- Speech assessment & management
- Aural Rehabilitation
- Language Therapy
- Language Stimulation
How does one get access to the unit (through grooming or straight)?
- A large number of patients for Audiology are seen through referrals from ENT however a patient can self-refer to the unit if they suspect problems needing our services
- Speech Therapist receive a large number of referrals from the doctors in the wards as well as concerned mothers
Could you please explain the steps followed to access the services?
- Make an appointment via the department
- Get appointment card
- Attend on the day of appointment
- Fetch file from Admissions
- Be seen by the speech therapist/
What type of diagnosis do you admit at your unit?
- All patients for Audiology are seen on outpatient basis. We see anyone who presents with hearing difficulties and is interested in receiving rehabilitation
What machines do you use at the unit?
- Otoacoustic emissions
- Programming computer with appropriate software
How effective are the machines in assisting with speedy recovery of the patients?
- All equipment is effective and in full use however it is used for assessing hearing and not recovery purposes.
What makes the staff in the unit win (succeed)?
- Team work
- Support from higher management
- Availability of equipment
What challenges do you encounter with patients and your facilities?
- Structural problem
How do you deal with and overcome those challenges?
- Therapist visit Tshepong twice a week (minimum) to see inpatients requiring speech therapy services