Department of Audiology And Hearing Therapy

We provide a paediatric (children’s) Audiology service in West Dorset to all children from birth to 18 years of age with hearing loss or where there are concerns about hearing. Our team undertake detailed hearing assessments, fit hearing aids and provide regular aftercare appointments and hearing habilitation. Appointments may take place in our paediatric test room within the Audiology Department at Dorset County Hospital (DCH) or in the Audiology room at the Children’s Centre on the DCH site.

Contact

Telephone
01305 255563
Fax: 01305 255704
Email
simon.baird@dchft.nhs.uk
Website
http://www.dchft.nhs.uk

Venue

Venue address
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Williams Avenue
Dorchester
Dorset
Postcode
DT1 2JY
Locality
West Dorset

Date/Time

Opening times
Mon: 08:30-17:00
Tue: 08:30-17:00
Wed: 08:30-17:00
Thu: 08:30-17:00
Fri: 08:30-17:00

Service Details

Additional Information
Our Audiology service covers West Dorset. We have good links with and work alongside the Dorset Hearing Support Service. When a young person turns 18, we will arrange their next routine appointment with an audiologist from our adult service. Once a young person leaves full-time education we will write to them giving them information on how to access the adult audiology service when they need to. They will automatically be given an initial appointment and the care they will receive will be the same, but the location and specialists they see may change. The adult audiology service will still provide regular aftercare.
Referral information
Professional referral required from specific agencies including GPs, Hospital Consultants (including Ear, Nose & Throat and Paediatrics), the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme, Health Visitors, School Nurses and Speech and Language Therapists. Initial appointment sent on receipt of referral letter/form. Follow-up appointments booked as required. We aim to see all new referrals within 6 weeks and to provide hearing aids within 4 weeks of identifying the need for them. Appointments may take place in our paediatric test room within the Audiology Department at Dorset County Hospital (DCH) or in the Audiology room at the Children’s Centre on the DCH site.
Age Range Details
0 to 18 years.
Age Range
0 years 0 months to 18 years 0 months

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible
The Audiology Department is located on the Ground Floor (Level 0) of the South Wing of Dorset County Hospital, close to South Wing Entrance 2. There is ramp access from the car park as well as lifts from other floors. The Audiology room at the Children’s Centre is also on the ground floor and there is car parking available just outside the building.
Parking availability information
Car parking is signposted as you turn into the hospital grounds, but the car parks can get very busy at peak times. Pay and display is in operation. Parking for disabled badge holders is free (subject to a maximum 12 hour stay) and located close to all hospital entrances. There are also drop-off zones close to the hospital entrances.
Toilet facility information
There is a wheelchair accessible toilet within the Audiology Department and at the Children’s Centre. Baby changing facilities are located just along the corridor from the Audiology Department and within the Children’s Centre.
Other Facilities
There are toys for children to play with in the Audiology Department waiting room. There is a larger waiting room specifically designed for children at the Children's Centre.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
Contact Simon Baird on 01305 255563 or email simon.baird@dchft.nhs.uk for further information and guidance.

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Address: Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust  Williams Avenue  Dorchester  Dorset

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