This guidance has now been updated by PHE in consultation with the working group. There are no significant changes to the document apart from recommendations to screening services around babies who are reaching 12 weeks of age and who decline to be screened. Services should discuss the implications of discharging these babies with their audiology and screening teams and come up with a local plan if they wish
Original document and announcement:
The British Academy of Audiology (BAA) and British Society of Audiology (BSA) are pleased to inform members that NHS England has published and circulated the NHSP management of babies who have not completed the screen and audiological assessment pathway during COVID19
Please note that whilst a BAA/BSA working party contributed to the document, ownership of final content is retained by NHS E.
This document is designed to offer clarity both to Newborn Hearing Screening teams on what to do with the cohort of babies who have missed the screen and audiology services on diagnostic options for babies whom have not been seen for diagnostic testing. A summary of the document and our interpretation of it can be seen below.
This guidance should be used once service restrictions put in place due to Covid-19 begin to relax. It is envisaged that this will be at different times in different providers across the country and the decision on when to lift restrictions should be taken at a local, provider level.
In summary, this document allows/gives:
This process has brought to light several inconsistencies within the NHS E approach, which the BAA will be addressing in due course. Meetings continue and this document will continue to be reviewed.
For comments on the document or queries, people are welcome to contact the BAA on email@example.com