Adult Speech and Language Therapists joined forces with The Stroke Association to raise awareness and raise charity funds.
Staff, visitors and patients were treated to cakes and information from the Speech and Language Therapy team working at the Trust at a special event on the mezzanine at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Nicola Wilson, a Speech and Language Therapist at the Trust, said the event was linked to the Stroke Association’s ‘Give a Hand and Bake week.’ The aim was to fundraise for The Stroke Association, the hospital’s Stroke Unit and The Speech and Language Therapy Department and to make people aware of the Speech and Language Therapists’ role which links in with a national campaign called Giving Voice.
Nicola said: “The team members work across Blackpool Victoria, Clifton and Fleetwood hospitals. We want to raise the profile of the Speech and Language Therapy team. We’re also looking to fundraise to purchase new resources and equipment to enhance patient care.
“There is often confusion about our role as Adult Speech and Language Therapists, some people think we only work with patients suffering from a stroke, or that we only work with either communication or swallowing difficulties.
“We wanted a stand on the mezzanine to raise awareness and offer support. We have a lot of information and leaflets on conditions and what Speech and Language Therapy involves.
“We are very enthusiastic about publicising the difficulties associated with communication and swallowing problems. We work closely with other organisations such as the Stroke Association”.