Location: North West England
Location: Kent and Medway
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital is expanding its audiology services in the community to bring care closer to patients.
Both new centres will be located in Norwich, the Eastern Daily Press reports.
The expansion will include a facility to be set up at the Clare School this autumn. Once every term, audiologists from the hospital will visit pupils there who are under its care. The school is a specialist institution for pupils aged between three and 19 who have complex sensory needs.
Discussing the initiative, lead clinical scientist for paediatric audiology at the school Claire Vine said: “We knew that we had 13 patients under our care who also attended the Clare School, so we thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to set up a community-based children’s clinic at the school.
“This will be of great benefit for our younger patients, as they won’t need to be taken out of school to attend hospital appointments."
She added that the appointments can now be conducted in a "more comfortable and familiar environment" with the teachers present, the flow of information can be maximised.
The other new facility will be the expansion from the clinic on Thorpe Road to larger premises on Meridian Way, which follows the move of the Norfolk Deaf Association (NDA). This has already seen its first patients and has better testing facilities and acoustics than its predecessor, a dedicated sound booth, larger rooms and free parking.
Consultant clinical scientist and head of audiology Dr John Fitzgerald said the move had been "a real enhancement" of the services on offer and had helped the trust build on its existing links with the NDA.
The services available at the Meridian Centre also include the provision of adult hearing aids.
As well as the facilities available in Norwich, the trust has further audiology services at Cromer hospital.
Written by James Puckle
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