The Department of Audiological Medicine for Halton, St Helens and Knowsley.
Description of service
The Hearing Screening Unit offers a Newborn Hearing Screen to all babies with either GP in our area or who are born at Whiston Hospital.
We aim to complete the screen within 4 weeks of birth and complete the screen before discharge for every baby born at Whiston Hospital.
Our School Nurses provide a School Hearing Screening Service to school children in Halton.
Any baby failing the screen will be referred on to Audiology for further tests. Any child in Knowsley and Vale Royal who fails this screen will also be to us for further tests.
Who can access the service?
All babies born at Whiston Hospital or at other hospitals, with a GP in our area and school entry aged children attending a Halton or Knowsley school.
How can people access the service?
Every baby born at Whiston Hospital is offered the screen by a trained Screener. We screen at the bedside on the Women’s Ward, Delivery Suite, and Special Care Baby Unit and occasionally on the Children’s Ward.
We can also arrange Out Patient appointments on the Women’s Ward.
Incomplete screens & home births are seen in Local Community Clinics, babies born at other hospitals with a GP in our area are transferred to us for an Outpatient appointment.
Parents of reception aged children are issued a letter with consent form attached via school which offers their child a hearing screen in School. We now have an ‘Opt Out’ form which is issued via school which offers the child a hearing screen in school, parents only need to return the form if they do not wish the child to be screened.
Parents are requested to complete the consent form and return to school. The hearing screen is arranged in the reception year.
Where is the service offered?
Our clinical base is on The Maternity Unit at Whiston Hospital for the Newborn Hearing Screen.
Community Clinics are also held for those that were not possible to screen at the hospital for any reason or for those of whom the screen was incomplete.
These clinics are held at various locations across the coverage area closer to homes. We carry out clinics at:
- Lowe House, St Helens
- Nutgrove Villa, Huyton
- Whiston Primary Care Resource Centre, Whiston
- Tower Hill, Kirkby
- Woodview Child Development Centre, Widnes
- Hallwood Health Centre, Runcorn
School Screening takes place in schools in Halton and Knowsley.
We value what you say
We routinely ask for feedback from you to see how we are doing.
This may be a request for verbal feedback, or we will ask you to complete an anonymous feedback form.
Families are also requested to complete Talk to Us Forms at various stages of involvement:
This information will be treated confidentially, and may be used by the team in order to improve our service.
The Hearing Screening Unit
Level 2 – Purple Zone
Telephone: 0151 290 2021
Fax: 0151 290 2024