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Speech Pathology Videofluoroscopy and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing – Royal North Shore Hospital

ASB- Acute Service Building
Royal North Shore Hospital 
Reserve Rd

Videofluoroscopy Swallow Clinic - Level 2 Imaging

Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation Swallow Clinic - Level 3 Ambulatory Care Centre

St Leonards

2065

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Speech Pathology Videofluoroscopy and Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing – Royal North Shore Hospital

• Phone: (02) 9463 1622

• Fax: (02) 9463 1067

• Email: NSLHD-RNS-SpeechPathology@health.nsw.gov.au

 

Videofluoroscopy Swallow Clinic - Thursday: 09:00 - 12:00
Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation Clinic - Appointment times allocated by clinician

 What we do

Videofluoroscopy


The videofluoroscopy clinic is a clinic run by the Speech Pathology Department to further investigate your swallowing difficulties under moving x-ray. This is in contrast to a barium swallow which assesses oesophageal function. You must first have a consult with a Speech Pathologist to further understand the nature of your difficulties. A formal radiology referral formExternal Link must be completed by a medical practitioner prior to being booked in.

 

Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing


We also provide outpatient appointments for Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) including in situations where VFSS is unavailable or not able to be completed. This is an invasive assessment when a nasendoscope is passed through the nasal passage into the throat to visualized pharyngeal and laryngeal structures and to assess safety of swallowing function, presence of aspiration, residue and potential modifications of diet.  The assessment takes 20-30 minutes and no anaesthetic is required. A referral formExternal Link must be completed by a medical practitioner prior to being booked in. 

 What to bring

Videofluoroscopy


You do not need to fast prior to this investigation. Please bring any mobility aids you may require to sit in the specialist chair. Please bring any hearing aids to aid in communicating with our team. Please ask for a family member or friend to attend should you have memory problems or support with a language other than English. 

 

 

Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing


You do not need to fast prior to this investigation. Please bring any hearing aids to aid in communicating with our team. Please ask for a family member or friend to attend should you have memory problems or support with a language other than English. 
 

 When to visit us

All referrals should clearly state the reason for referral including the current communication and swallowing status and any history of the signs and symptoms.


Referral forms:

 RNSH FEES Referral Form

 RNSH VFSS Referral Form


If you have a scheduled appointment, you will receive a reminder text message a few days prior. Please note that phone calls from the hospital will appear as a blocked number.


Please allow ample time for your appointment. Some patients require longer reviews and unplanned delays may occur.

 How to visit us

Exit off Pacific Highway and the M1 will take you to the hospital on Reserve Road in St Leonards

Bus Route 114 stops directly at the hospital

The hospital is close to St Leonards train station

The hospital is a 5 minute walk from St Leonards Station

Street and multi storey car parking are available on the Royal North Shore hospital campus. Fees apply, so please check signage. Concession parking rates are available for patients and carers. Click here for more details.

Videofluoroscopy
Level 2
ASB- Acute Service Building, Medical Imaging Department
Royal North Shore Hospital
Reserve Rd
St Leonards
2065


Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing
Level 3
ASB- Acute Service Building, Ambulatory Care Centre, Speech Pathology Department
Royal North Shore Hospital
Reserve Rd
St Leonards
2065

 Referral information

After an initial consultation and assessment with a Speech Pathologist you may be referred for further diagnostics through our Videofluroscopic Swallow clinic or our Flexible Endoscopic Swallow clinic. Your clinician will make the decision on which is best for you.

 Other information

Our Team

Head of Department - MaryEllen Tarrant

Lead Videofluroscopy Swallow clinic ( Radiology) - Gemma Swain

Lead Flexible Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow - Jess Tam

Lead Peadeatric Feeding clinic - Krystal Fury

Lead Voice and Swallow Clinic - Danielle Stone

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