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Facts and figures


Facts about the NHS Newborn Hearing Screening Programme (NHSP):

NHSP has one of the most successful clinical IT systems currently in use in the NHS. It is called eSP and handles the screening of over 1800 babies every day

Based on data for babies born upto June 2014

Every week on average:

  • 12,645 babies are screened
  • 361 (2.82%) babies are referred for audiological assessment
  • 34 babies identified with a permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI)
  • Since 2002 nearly 6.7 million babies have been screened
  • Each year 18,000 babies are referred from the screen (72% unilateral referrals, 23% bilateral referrals, 5% incomplete screens) 
  • 12,893 babies have been identified through the programme with a permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI) - 8023 with a bilateral PCHI and 4870 with a unilateral PCHI
  • 6,827,988 screens have been offered (98.4% of babies born)
  • 6,656,431 babies have had one or more tests (95.9% of babies born)
  • 6,698,901 babies have completed the screening process (96.5% of babies born)

Update 29/10/2014


NHS Atlas of Variation 2013

An atlas of variation showing graphical representations of the audiological assessment rates and time from referral to assessment by PCT. Go to page 102 to 105.

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