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Facts and figures


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

  • Every week on average:
    • 12,869 babies are screened
    • 347 (2.69%) babies are referred for audiological assessment
    • 28 babies identified with a permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI)
  • Since 2002 nearly 6 million babies have been screened
  • For babies born up to September 2013:
  • 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
  • Each year 18,000 babies are referred from the screen (72% unilateral referrals, 22% bilateral referrals, 6% incomplete screens)  
  • 6,127,390 screens have been offered (98.4% of babies born)
  • 5,958,861 babies have had one or more tests (95.8% of babies born)
  • 6,005,059 babies have completed the screening process (96.5% of babies born)
  • 11,638 babies have been identified through the programme with a permanent childhood hearing impairment (PCHI) - 7316 with a bilateral PCHI and 4322 with a unilateral PCHI

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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