Wentworth-Halton Swallowing Clinic
S.L. Hunter Speechworks is excited to offer Modified Barium Swallowing assessments and follow up treatment options to our clients in conjunction with Wentworth X-Ray & Ultrasound and Lear Communication.
We offer in-clinic table-side swallowing assessments in order to evaluate your swallowing function and make treatment recommendations.
We also offer Modified Barium Swallow/Videofluoroscopic Swallowing assessments in order to evaluate more complex swallowing needs where there may be an unknown cause or concern regarding respiratory health.
Why Private Care?
Avoid the Wait
Private care allows you to skip the lengthy wait list for hospital based assessments and receive immediate assessment and treatment for your swallowing concerns. Please visit our fees page for applicable rates.
Our clinicians work within a collaborative team environment to ensure the best quality of care and consistent service.
Your journey does not end with your assessment. Our team can help devise an individualized treatment plan and work with you to improve your swallowing function for improved quality of life.
Do I Need a Swallowing Assessment?
If you experience any of the following, you may benefit from swallowing assessment and/or treatment:
- coughing, gagging, or clearing your throat while eating or after eating
- food/pills feeling “stuck” in the throat
- food left over in the mouth after swallowing
- chewing very slowly/taking a long time to eat
- “wet” sounding voice after eating
- food falling out of the mouth
- pain when swallowing
Gold Standard of Care
Our clinicians perform comprehensive swallowing assessments using the guidelines set out by the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI), a global standard used for people with swallowing difficulties of all ages, in all care settings, and for all cultures.
Each of our clinicians is certified in use of the Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile, a standardized protocol to interpret and communicate swallowing impairment in a manner that is subjective, consistent, accurate, and objective.
How Do I Book an Assessment?
If you are requesting a table side assessment, please fax or email the swallowing clinic requisition form to our clinic or contact our admin team to book an appointment today.
If you are requesting a Modified Barium Swallowing Assessment, the referral form must be completed by your physician.
Tableside assessments will be completed in one of two convenient clinic locations. Modified Barium Swallowing Assessments will be conducted at Wentworth-Halton X-Ray & Ultrasound at 1 Young Street in Hamilton, Ontario.
How Much Does It cost?
$425.00 full assessment including videofluoroscopy/modified barium swallow
$144.00 per hour for bedside/tableside assessment only
$288 videofluoroscopy/modified barium swallow only
Fees may be able to be claimed through your extended health benefits.