How do I get an appointment?
All babies who are born in either St Thomas' Hospital, King's College Hospital or University Hospital Lewisham will be offered the screening.
Babies who have missed the hearing screen are automatically offered an outpatient appointment at the nearest hospital to their home.
Health professionals can also refer by calling 020 3049 8582. You will need to have the baby’s NHS number to make an appointment.
Outpatient clinics are held at the locations in the 'How to find us' box on this page. A member of our team will telephone you to arrange an appointment that is convenient for you.
Changing or cancelling your appointment
To cancel or change an outpatient appointment please call 020 3049 8582.
Before your appointment
Please bring your child's red book (personal child health record) to the appointment, and anything that will help settle your baby.
During your appointment
The appointment will last around 15 to 40 minutes. One of our hospital screeners will place a small tipped earpiece into the outer part of your baby's ear which plays soft clicking sounds. If your baby can hear this sound, the ear will send a response back to the equipment.
Depending on the outcome of these tests, and whether your baby has been in special care, we may need to carry out further investigations.
After your appointment
Results are given at the appointment. If there are unclear responses in one or both ears, we will refer your baby for further audiological investigation at our audiology centre.