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Improved audiology services for East coast

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Adults and children with hearing problems in Scarborough and Bridlington can look forward to improved services with the installation of new audiology soundproof booths.

Until recently Bridlington patients have had to travel to Scarborough for the majority of testing but with the installation of a brand new audiology booth at Bridlington Hospital more services will be on offer locally.

Kate Iley, Head of Audiology, said: “Sadly, when Bridlington Hospital was built it did not include any soundproof booths, so patients have had to travel to Scarborough for the majority of the testing. We will now be offering more services from Bridlington, including testing of children over the age of three years - something we haven’t been able to do. We hope this will give patients and their families a more local service, rather than having the stress of coping with transport to Scarborough or Hull.”

Services in Scarborough are also set to improve with the installation of a booth at Springhill House in Scarborough where the Audiology team is based.

Kate added: “Many patients have to attend their first appointment at Scarborough Hospital before being able to have subsequent appointments from Springhill House. We’re delighted that in future patients will be able to start and complete the journey in the same place.”

10 January 2019

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"We hope this will give patients and their families a more local service, rather than having the stress of coping with transport to Scarborough or Hull."

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