3rd July 2012
Improved service for children’s hearing
An audiology service dedicated to providing hearing assessments and ongoing
care for children has been re-launched across East Sussex.
The service, which is run by a small and dedicated specialist team, now
provides an integrated screening, diagnostic and treatment service for babies
and children with hearing difficulties up to the age of 17 years.
Clinics will be held in various community locations including Eastbourne Park
Primary Care Centre, Grove House in Crowborough, Heathfield Community Surgery,
Lewes Victoria Hospital and Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital. In
Hastings, patients will be seen in a brand new sound-treated facility within the
Children’s Integrated Therapy Service (CITS) at 407 Old London Road, Ore.
Ian Woodward, Head of Paediatric Audiology for the Trust, said: “The
development of a dedicated paediatric audiology service will be of great benefit
for the children of East Sussex.
“Until recently, many children would have been seen at general audiology
clinics alongside adult patients. We’ve now introduced clinics that are solely
for babies and children with dedicated staff who are specifically trained to
work with them, in community locations. This makes the service more family
friendly and easier to access.”