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Screening locations and community clinics

The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme covers all babies born in the Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset region. It operates in the following hospitals:

  • Southmead Hospital, Bristol
  • St Michael's Hospital, Bristol

Community clinics

Babies who we are not able to screen in hospital, such as those discharged early or babies born at home will be invited to attend for the newborn screen at one of our community clinics. These clinics are held regularly at the following locations:

  • Seashore Centre, Weston
  • Cadbury Heath Health Centre
  • Charlotte Keel Health Centre
  • Children's Hearing Centre, St Michael's Hospital
  • Downend Health Centre
  • Kingswood Hub
  • Longcross Children's Centre
  • Patchway Hub
  • Portishead Children's Centre
  • South Bristol Community Hospital
  • Southmead Health Centre
  • Yate Health Centre

What happens if my baby is referred to an appointment at the Children's Hearing Centre?

If the screening test does not show clear responses in one or both ears an appointment will be arranged to have your baby's hearing further assessed  at the Children's Hearing Centre. This often happens and does not necessarily mean that the baby has a permanent hearing loss. There are a number of reasons why it might be difficult to check a baby's hearing e.g. the baby may have been unsettled during testing, they may have fluid or a temporary blockage in the ear after birth or there may have been background noise when the test was carried out.

The appointment will be between 45 and 90 minutes. Further information will be provided to you prior to the appointment in the form of an appointment letter. Please take time to read this letter very carefully and contact us if you have any questions regarding the appointment.