HC Deb 10 April 2002 vol 383 cc465-6W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 11 March 2002,Official Report,column 833W, on hearing aids, when he expects to announce the latest wave of trusts sites to receive funding for the provision of digital hearing aids. [47539]

Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has determined the additional hospital trusts which will be able to offer digital hearing aids; and when an announcement will be made. [48547]

Jacqui Smith

I am happy to announce that the sites listed will form the second wave of the Modernising Hearing Aid Services pilot project:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust
  • Bolton Hospital NHS Trust
  • Bournemouth Primary Care Trust
  • Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Countess of Chester NHS Trust
  • Croydon and Surrey Downs and Mayday University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Gloucestershire Royal Infirmary NHS Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust
  • Mid Cheshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust
  • The Royal Free Hospital
  • Rochdale NHS Trust
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Salford Primary Care Trust
  • Sherwood Forest NHS Trust
  • West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Wolverhampton Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust
  • Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust
  • East Cheshire NHS Trust
  • Hastings and Rother NHS Trust
  • Royal Liverpool Hospitals
  • Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust
  • North Devon Primary Care Trust.

In addition, Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust and the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, which provided digital hearing aids to adults only as part of the first wave, will now be providing hearing aids to children as well. University Hospitals Birmingham will now be fitting children's hearing aids at the Birmingham Children's Hospital.

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