Clinical Service

Newborn Hearing Screening

Contact us

Email: ekhuft.newbornhearingscreening@nhs.net

Phone: 01227 868740

Opening hours: 8am-4pm

Newborn Hearing Screening – Main Office
c/o Folkestone Ward
William Harvey Hospital
Kennington Road
Ashford
TN24 0LZ

What we do

Newborn Hearing Screening is offered to all babies born or resident in England up to three months of corrected age. Hearing screening will be offered usually shortly after birth, before you go home, but it can also be done in an outpatient clinic.

Hearing screening is best performed when baby is relaxed and settled, ideally asleep; it will not hurt your baby. On the ward, our experienced team will work with you to establish a time to screen that is best for you and your baby. If you bring baby to an outpatient clinic, we recommend that you bring a feed/ spare nappy etc. 

Where do we provide this service?

Inpatient Newborn Hearing Screening is performed on babies who are in the postnatal wards or neonatal units at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford, and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate.

Outpatient clinics are held at the William Harvey Hospital, Ashford; Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate; Buckland Hospital, Dover and Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury.

How do you use this service?

You will be offered the hearing screening while you are in hospital after having your baby. If the screening has not taken place by the time you go home, we will contact you to arrange an outpatient screening appointment.

If you move into the area/country and would like to discuss hearing screening for your baby, you can contact us by email or telephone.  Hearing screening can be performed up to three months corrected age.