Paediatric Hearing and Hearing Aid Service
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The paediatric service is for children of all ages and young persons who have suspected hearing problems.
Age-appropriate hearing assessments are done by audiovestibular physicians and/or audiologists. The team works closely with their ENT (ear, nose and throat) colleagues where surgical intervention is indicated for conditions such as glue ear.
Where the fitting of hearing aids is required, a range of hearing aids are offered, subject to the child or young person’s needs. Follow-up care is provided for as long as needed. Where required, aetiological investigations are also offered to establish the cause of the hearing loss.
A team approach involving other professionals such as hearing support teachers enable the service to be fully comprehensive.
Local and national protocols are closely followed with several audits in place to ensure we meet key performance indicators. Quality of the service is further maintained through active participation and co-leading in regional peer review groups.
Services are offered for the boroughs of Wandsworth, Merton and any other borough for whom we receive referral for specialist advice. Appointments are offered at Lanesborough Wing, St George’s Hospital as well as Tooting Health Centre.
If your child is already under the care of our St George’s service, you can contact us on 020 8266 6363 or e-mail to schedule or rearrange an appointment. If you are new to the service, you will require a referral from your GP or other specialist. Your appointment is then arranged by the central bookings office, who can be reached on 020 872 50007.
Referrals are received from the newborn hearing screeners where the newborn hearing screen was incomplete or clear responses could not be obtained.
Referrals for children and young people of all ages are also received from GPs and specialists. Referrals to St George’s Hospital can be booked via Choose and Book (a service that is accessed by your GP) or by faxing the referral to the central bookings office on 020 8725 4582.
Referrals from school nurses, parents and health visitors get directed to the community audiology service based at Queen Mary’s Hospital.
Child to Adult Transition
We offer a Transition service for young adults moving from paediatric services (which are clinician-led) to adult services (which are patient-led).
We have a dedicated transition audiologist named: Emilee Gosnell, who can be contacted through the departmental contact number on 020 8725 1151 or via departmental email on email@example.com.
We accept referrals from other paediatric services whose patient’s would like to transition to St George’s Hospital Adult Hearing Service. We accept referrals directly from paediatric audiology services and/or any professional working with a hearing impaired/deaf/deaf young adult aged 16-25 years old, provided that hearing aids are up to date and investigations into the cause of the hearing loss have been completed. The referral form can be found .
We offer an initial introductory appointment in a special transition clinic prior to discharge from the paediatric services. We also offer specialist clinics for adults with learning disabilities. We can transition young adults with special needs into this clinic.
The National Deaf Children Society (NDCS) has a wide range of leaflets and information on childhood hearing impairment. Including advice on education, benefits and support, additional disabilities, and different causes of hearing loss. More information and links to their leaflets is available on their website www.ndcs.org.uk which is free to join.
NDCS also has a website for young hearing impaired adults 12-18 years old: www.ndcsbuzz.org.uk
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