The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) aims to identify permanent childhood hearing impairment in newborn babies. The programme offers all parents, in Brent and Harrow, the opportunity to have their baby's hearing tested shortly after birth. Early identification, via the programme, gives babies a better 'life chance' of development speech and language skills and of making the most of social and emotional interaction from an early age.
The new hearing screening tests use sophisticated technology, can be carried out almost immediately after birth, are entirely safe and comfortable for babies and are much better at identifying the possibility of hearing impairment.
Babies are offered hearing screening prior to discharge, where this is not possible, or baby has been born at another hospital without completing hearing screening, an outpatient appointment will be arranged with the Harrow and Bream team at Northwick Park Hospital, Willesden Centre for Health and Care or Kilburn Square Clinic.
Babies needing further assessment following hearing screening are referred to Paediatric Audiology at Central Middlesex Hospital.
The Harrow and Brent newborn hearing screening team are based in maternity at Northwick Park Hospital. You can find out more information on the Paediatric hearing assessments we perform here.
Contact details for the team:
Level 5 Maternity, Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, HA1 3UJ
Anne Russell, NHSP Manager:
Tel: 020 8869 3784
Tel: 020 8869 3021
Fax: 020 8869 3783
Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP) Referral Form