Therapy in Dublin North Central

Occupational Therapy
These services are provided to people who through illness or disability are in need of support or changes to their lifestyle. Occupational Therapists can advise on any changes that may be needed in the home to support a person with special needs, and on activities that will help a person to regain their independence. Tel: 01 847142

Speech and Language Therapy Services

The Primary Care Speech and Language Therapy Department in Dublin North City and North West Dublin provides services to children, adults and older persons who present with speech, language, voice, fluency and swallowing difficulties.

Primary Care service for adults:                   

Information on Adult Speech and Language Therapy

Primary Care service for children:

Speech and Language Therapy

what do we do?
Who do we see?
Where are we based?
Is there a cost?
How to refer?
Useful links and websites

What do we do?

Speech & Language Therapists assess and work with children with a wide range of communication difficulties.

Who do we see?

We see children aged 0 – 18 years, who have speech and/or language difficulties

We see children who live in our catchment area of ‘CHO 9 Dublin North City & County –Dublin North Central’, and this includes areas of Dublin 1, 3, 7, 9 and 11.

We accept referrals for children with the following needs:

  • Speech: difficulty making speech sounds
  • Language: difficulty understanding and/or using words and sentences
  • Stammering/Stuttering: difficulty with fluent speech (getting stuck on words)
  • Voice: hoarseness / loss of voice

(Talk to your G.P. about referral to E.N.T. Department also)

  • Social communication: difficulty with using language appropriately, and following the rules of conversation
  • Feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties

Some children are not suitable for Primary Care Speech and Language Therapy; their needs may be better met by a specialist service:

A specialist service (such as the Early Intervention Team or School-Age Team), may be more suitable for children with communication difficulties which are part of a more complex difficulty (e.g. Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder).

Their needs may be better met by a team of health professionals working together.

Information on the Early Intervention Team and the School-Age Team

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Child Optical

Children up to the age of 12 can avail of child optical scheme. An eye examination must be carried out by a Consultant Ophthalmologist. In order to receive a child optical voucher the prescription along with the applicant’s details is then required to be presented or posted to:

Child Optical Section, HSE Community Healthcare Organisation, Dublin North City & County, Northside Civic Centre, Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, D17 K462

Tel 01 9214302

Adult Optical

The Adult Optical Scheme is available to Medical Card Holders over the age 12 or no longer in Primary School. An application form is required to be completed in full and stamped by an optician of your choice. Application forms are available in most Opticians or at your local Health Centre. If you would like to apply or if you need help in making an application, or if you just want to know what is available to you, please contact:

Adult Optical Section, HSE Community Healthcare Organisation, Dublin North City & County, Northside Civic Centre, Bunratty Road, Coolock, Dublin 17, D17 K462

Tel 01 9214299/ 9214297

Where are we based?

Primary Care Speech & Language Therapy in North Strand, Eastwall, Summerhill, Inn’s Quay.

North Strand Health  Centre

North Strand

Dublin 1

(01)7072300

Primary Care Speech & Language Therapy in Millmount, Marino, Killester, Dromcondra.

44 North Great George’s Street

Dublin 1

(01)8146105

Primary Care Speech & Language Therapy in Clontarf

Vernon Avenue Health Centre

Vernon Avenue

Dublin 3

(01)8539500

Primary Care Speech & Language Therapy in Ballymun, Larkhill, Santry, Whitehall and parts of Glasnevin

Ballymun  Health Care Facility

Ballymun

Dublin 9

(01)8467151

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Is there a cost?

There is no cost to see the Speech & Language Therapist. Our service is free.

How to refer?

Anyone can refer to our service, with permission from parent/guardian.

It is important for the parent/guardian to sign the form.

All referrals should be on the Primary Care ‘PCT Referral Form’.

You can get this form by printing from here PCT Referral Form, by calling into your local health centre, or by calling our admin support on  (01)8467007 or (01)8467151 to ask for a form.

If you are living in the above mentioned areas and are unsure as to whether your child needs a speech and language assessment, we do have a Drop-in Advice Clinic. To find our when and where the next Drop-In clinic is taking place, please phone: 01-8467151.

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Useful links & websites

Advice for parents on speech sounds

Advice for parents about early language

Advice for parents on stammering

Advice for parents on multilingualism

  1. - The Irish Association of Speech & Language Therapists website has general information and advice for parents
  2. – this UK website provides information for parents of children with communication difficulties
  3. - the Hanen organisation has information for parents of children with language difficulty
  4. - for a list of SLTs in private practice in Ireland
  5.   - See HSE Health A-Z for information on Stammering and Dyspraxia
  6. – Irish Stammering Association website with information and news
  7. UK charity assisting children and young adults with communication impairment.

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Ophthalmic
Children up to the age of 12 years and Medical Card holders are entitled to apply for this service. In the case of children an eye examination must be carried out in a hospital and the hospital prescription is enclosed with an application form. For medical cards holders fill out an application form and stamped by the optician of choice. Application forms are available in your local Health Centre. If you would like to apply or need help in making an application, or if you just want to know what is available to you, Tel: (01) 846 7285

Physiotherapy
Community Physiotherapy services are provided from the Local Health Office, helping people who have suffered an injury or illness to regain their health or mobility through exercise and movement. Tel: (01) 855 1100

Chiropody Services 
Medical Card holders over the age of 65 years or people with Diabetes who hold a Medical Card, are entitled to apply for a chiropody treatment card.  Application forms are available in your local health centre.  If you would like to apply, or need help in making an application, or if you just want to know what is available to you, please visit: 

Chiropody Department
HSE Community Healthcare Organisation
Dublin North City & County,
Northside Civic Centre,
Bunratty Road,
Coolock, Dublin 17, D17 K462

Tel: 01 9214298/ 9214296
Fax: 01 9214354