About us – Wigan Borough Children’s Audiology Service

About our serviceOur team includes Audiologists, an Audiology Assistant, a Consultant Audiovestibular Physician and Administrative Support staff who work together to provide a high quality audiology service for children and young people in Wigan.

We aim to enable children to reach their full social and educational potential by ensuring that the child/young person has maximum hearing.

We offer a professional quality service, following local and national professional guidelines.

We are locally-led to best meet the needs of the child and family.

We are efficient and use our resources wisely to ensure quality care and value for money.

Children, young people and their families can access expert knowledge in the following areas:

  • Hearing Loss and its impact on your child’s speech and education
  • Hearing assessment appropriate to your child’s age
  • Amplification (Hearing Aids)
  • Balance problems
  • Tinnitus
  • Equipment; Hearing aids, ear moulds, tubing and batteries will be provided if required.

Children’s Audiology staff work within a multidisciplinary team to provide an integrated approach for children and families.

The team work together to ensure all aspects of hearing link with the child’s other needs.

For example the Audio Vestibular Medical Consultant works with audiology in relation to any additional medical needs.  The teachers of the deaf act as a liaison between audiology and schools supporting those who wear hearing aids in schools.

Speech and Language Therapy work closely with audiology ensuring the child’s hearing levels are at optimal levels for their communication.

Social care and charities such as NDCS also work closely with Audiology and with families. We also work with the Hearing Screening Unit.


Who we see

Children’s Audiology offers assessment of hearing and management of hearing loss for children within the Ashton, Leigh and Wigan area from 0-18 years of age.

Every child will be offered a hearing screen at birth and Year 1 in school.  Families will be fully involved in all decisions and at all stages of the child’s management.

Community Clinics are also held for those that were not possible to screen at the hospital for any reason or for those for whom the screen was incomplete.

The Team provides a service to children and families who live in Wigan and /or have a Wigan GP.


Where we work

The Children’s Audiology Team is based at Platt Bridge Health Centre.

Services are also provided across the borough to ensure that families are seen closer to home where appropriate.

The majority of buildings we use are accessible e.g. they have wheelchair access – however if you have accessibility needs, please contact us before your appointment so that we can support those needs.

We offer clinics for hearing assessment at the following locations:

Leigh Health Centre
The Avenue
Leigh
WN7 1HR

Leigh Health Centre is based in the same building as the Walk in Centre, which is next door to Leigh Infirmary and our Audiology Service is on the first floor.

The audiology department is on the first floor of the Health Centre.

Please book in at community reception on the first floor when you arrive for your appointment.

Car parking is available at the rear of the walk in centre. Children’s services patients using this car park can have parking tickets validated at community reception.

Please book in at community reception on the first floor when you arrive for your appointment.

Platt Bridge Health Centre
Rivington Avenue
Platt Bridge
Wigan
WN2 5NG

The audiology department is on the first floor. Please book in at the children’s therapy services reception on the first floor when you arrive for your appointment.

Free car parking is available, but please be aware that spaces are limited.

Wigan Health Centre
Boston House
Frog Lane
Wigan
WN6 7LB

Please use the entrance at Zone A and book into reception when you arrive.

Free car parking is available, but please be aware that spaces are limited.

Worsley Mesnes Health Centre
Chandler House
Poolstock Lane
Wigan
WN3 5HL

The audiology service is on the second floor.

Free car parking is available, but please be aware that spaces are limited.

Due to the technical nature of some of our work it may sometimes be necessary to see your child at Platt Bridge or Leigh Heath Centre but this will be discussed with you at your first clinic appointment.


Working with our partners

Children’s Audiology staff work within a multidisciplinary team to provide an integrated approach for children and families.

The team work together to ensure all aspects of hearing link with the child’s other needs.

For example the Audio Vestibular Medical Consultants work with audiology in relation to any additional medical needs.  The teachers of the deaf act as a liaison between audiology and schools supporting those who wear hearing aids in schools.

Speech and Language Therapy work closely with audiology ensuring the child’s hearing levels are at optimal levels for their communication.  Social care and charities such as NDCS also work closely with Audiology and with families. We also work with the Hearing Screening Unit.


Moving on – transition and discharge

The service aims for stable hearing levels as quickly as possible.  Once these are established the intention of the service is to maintain maximum hearing levels.

The children and young people who use hearing aids can expect to access the service for regular hearing tests.

At 18/19 years of age Children’s Audiology will support the young people to transition to adult services.

In all other cases the decision to discharge the child will always be discussed and agreed with the child or young person and their family.



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