Consultant Profile

Mrs Rita Thakaria

Mrs Rita Thakaria MRCSLT, MASLTIP
Practicing at:
Spire Hartswood Hospital
  • Allied Health Professionals
    • Speech Therapy
Special clinical interests:

Oropharygneal dysphagia
Acquired neurological communication difficulties
Head and neck cancer related communication and swallowing difficulties

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader at North East London Foundation Trust
Visiting lecturer UCL

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Health Professions Council
Member of Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (MRCSLT)
Member of Association of Speech and Language Therapist in Independent Practice (MASLTIP)

Contact Details 
Rita Thakaria sees patients for assessment of swallowing problems, prior to videofluoroscopy examination. For more details please call our Imaging Team on 01277 266 775
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mrs Rita Thakaria is a clinical specialist speech and language therapist at Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood, Essex and Spire Roding Hospital in Redbridge, Essex.

Working in conjunction with consultant neuroradiologist, Dr Sanjiv Chawda, she offers a videofluoroscopy service to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with swallowing problems. 

Rita graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London in 1994. She is currently the clinical specialist in Complex Oropharygneal Dysphagia and is the Speech and Language Therapy Team Leader of an award-winning and innovative speech and language therapy service for North East London Foundation Trust. She is also a visiting lecturer at University College London.

In addition to extensive experience in swallowing and acquired communication difficulties, Rita Thakaria has a special interest in bilingualism for which she has presented at conferences and had published articles. Rita is passionate about the quality of care she gives to her patients.

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Videofluoroscopy - for investigation of swallowing problems

Rita Thakaria and Dr Sanjiv Chawda, consultant neuroradiologist, offer a specialised diagnostic test for patients with swallowing difficulties. The test is known as videofluoroscopy and is a type of X-ray, which films the swallow as it happens.

The videofluoroscopy procedure takes 10 to 15 minutes to perform and Dr Chawda will provide a report and recommendations to the patient's GP or consultant.

If a problem is identified, Rita Thakaria can provide information, advice and exercises to improve swallowing.

You will need a referral from your GP or consultant in order for us to carry out videofluoroscopy. To book an appointment or for more information please call: 01277 266 775

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