Not all patients who could benefit from seeing a Speech Pathologist at GV Health were being referred to the Speech Pathology service. Speech Pathologists can make a significant difference to
patients with swallowing and communication difficulties and have a positive impact on patient well being, safety, nutrition and hydration. Approximately 30% of patients admitted with stroke, or
swallowing and communication difficulties were not accessing Speech Pathology services at GV Health. Nurses and doctors at GV Health were surveyed in April/May 2015 to measure their knowledge regarding when and how to refer patients to Speech Pathology. Staff were only aware of some of the patient symptoms which were risk factors or clues for referral.