The Voice Disorders Unit at University Hospital Lewisham is one of the largest in the country.
It is a specialised multidisciplinary clinic that deals with all types of voice disorders and their associated symptoms.
The Voice Clinic treats patients from across south east London, including people from Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley.
The specialist clinic also receives referrals from throughout the UK, and occasionally from abroad.
Where is the Voice Clinic located?
The Voice Clinic is located in the ENT Department, on the 1st floor of the Pink Zone at University Hospital Lewisham.
When does the clinic take place?
Clinics run on Mondays and Wednesdays all day.
Who is the Voice Clinic for?
Typical patients are patients who are suffering with any changes to their voice due to various functional or structural disorders. The clinic also specialises in treating professional voice users. This include professional singers, theatre performers, teachers and call centre workers. The clinic also sees paediatric patients with vocal issues including professional paediatric performers.
How can you get an appointment?
Referrals are accepted from GPs in primary care, internal referrals from other specialties, and tertiary referrals from other ENT or voice specialists.
How can you contact the Voice Clinic?
You can call the ENT Department on 0208 333 3000 ext. 8092 or 3193.
What else do you need to know?
We also have a once weekly voice clinic led by the Speech Therapist and supervised by the ENT Consultant. The principles are the same as the main Voice Clinic, using the same equipment.
The patient’s voices are recorded and are reviewed by the ENT Consultant, the diagnosis confirmed, and a plan of action is agreed.
Patients seen in this clinic are a mixture of new, follow up, following Speech Therapy, patients receiving treatment nasoendoscopy and post-operative follow up.
This clinic takes place on Wednesday mornings.
Further information about the Voice Clinic
The treatment for these problems may require speech therapy and occasionally microsurgery to the larynx (voice box), which is preceded and followed up by speech therapy. The integration of speech therapy and surgery, when required, is essential to improve the outcome of the treatment.
Once the need for Speech Therapy has been identified the patient will be referred back to their local Speech and Language Therapy Department for treatment and their progress will be followed up in the voice clinic at regular intervals. If the patient requires surgery the post-operative Speech Therapy is currently provided by University Hospital Lewisham, irrespective of where the patients come from.