Primary Care Audiology Pilot

Audiology at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board (ABMUHB) is piloting the introduction of a Primary Care Audiology Service. It is consistent with the Welsh Government’s strategy to increase the number of services provided in the community rather than in hospitals. Most ear and hearing related symptoms can be managed by Audiologists rather than by GPs. Three primary care cluster networks have been selected as the pilot sites. The pilot stared in August 2016 and currently eight GP surgeries provide weekly audiology clinics, which can manage and provide advice for a range of ear related conditions. The service will be piloted over a twelve month period to assess the effectiveness of the service. To date, 42% of patients have been managed solely by the primary care audiologist and discharged. Results indicate that advice at a primary care level can reduce demand on GP and specialist services. The service has received praise from patients accessing the service; reporting a better understanding of their ear health. For further information please contact: Rhys Meredith, Head of Audiology, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (Rhys.meredith@wales.nhs.uk).

 Posted by Good Practice Wales
 29/03/2017   Categories: Outpatients - Primary Care / Shared Care Outpatients Improvement Programme
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