From diagnosis: what next?

The referral process

We accept referrals from health professionals, nurseries, schools and parents/families. It is an open referral system.  Referrers should make sure the child or young person has had a hearing test by a health professional first and the results are included in the referral information.

We ask professionals to make sure parents/guardians have given their permission for a referral to be made to us and that they are clear about what we can provide.

Who can be referred?

  • Children and young people from birth to 25 years old
  • Children with all degrees of hearing loss from mild to profound
  • Children with all types of hearing loss including conductive hearing loss, sensori-neural hearing loss and Auditory Neuropathy
  • Children either resident in Wandsworth or in school in Wandsworth

Why do we ask for a hearing test first?

Our support and advice is individually tailored to each child and young person. To explain the hearing loss and its implication for education and development we need to know the level and type of hearing loss a child has. While we work in audiology clinics, and some of us are qualified to test hearing in Wandsworth, it is the responsibility of health professionals to make the diagnosis of a hearing loss.

How to refer a child

Simply click here to download the referral form (in MS Word), complete it (include a telephone number so we can contact you), and send it to us at WHSS, The Lodge, Linden Lodge School, 61 Princes Way, SW19 6JB.

What happens next?

We will contact families within 48hrs of receiving a referral. Usually it is the same day. We are open 52 weeks a year and can still be contacted during public and school holidays (see our Contact page for contact numbers during these times).

After initial contact we will send you an Action Form explaining clearly what we have done and what we plan to do next.