Select Committee on Health Written Evidence


Evidence submitted by Grant Shapps MP (AUDIO 30)

  I have recently carried out research into audiology provision, in particular the waiting times for fitting of hearing aids, which was an issue brought up by some of my constituents. With around two million people using or needing the use of hearing aids this is a very important issue as far as health services are concerned.

  I noticed the Health Committee is carrying out a short inquiry into audiology services, I hope this information is of some use to you.

Grant Shapps MP

8 February 2007

Table 1

Digital Hearing Aid Waiting Times (weeks)
First-fit Hearing Aid
2004-052005-06 Current
Average waiting time35.3 37.641.1


Reassessment
2004-052005-06 Current
Average waiting time45.6 52.364.4


Table 2a

Digital Hearing Aids Waiting Times for First Fitting (weeks)
First Fitting Hearing Aid
Trust2004-05 2005-06Current
University Hospitals of Leicester25 22*
Airedale4058 *
Bromley Hospitals52 104112
Plymouth Hospitals78 108108
Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals* *104
Weston Area Hospital* 68100
East Kent Hospitals* 95100
Stockport3672 88
East Surrey10584 88
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals48 7474
Warwickshire** 73
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals* *72
City Hospitals Sunderland80 6468
St Mary's** 68
Wirral Hospital3852 68
Bradford Teaching Hospitals* *68
Gloucestershire Hospitals40 5264
Guy's and St Thomas'35 4463
Ipswich Hospital*62 62
Harrogate and District12 2461
Essex Rivers Healthcare64 6460
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital65 6060
County Durham & Darlington28 4759
Mayday Healthcare121 6558
Southampton Hospitals51 6357
Bedford Hospital1040 56
Queen Mary's Sidcup78 5656
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh34 4256
South Warwickshire General Hospitals* *54
Peterborough & Stamford50 6853
Royal United Hospital Bath49 5153
Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals **53
Heart of England4848 52
University Hospitals52 3652
North Bristol3040 52
North Hampshire Hospitals* *52
United Lincolnshire Hospitals18 3249
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals 324848
Northern Devon Healthcare64 5248
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals20 3748
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals26 5648
Burton Hospitals*45 47
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay44 4446
Luton and Dunstable Hospital30 3046
University Hospital Birmingham56 5646
Mid Cheshire Hospitals48 5544
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals64 6040
Aintree University Hospital28 1740
South Devon Healthcare52 4440
Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospitals 122440
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals48 2639
Calderdale and Huddersfield13 2338
York Hospitals6452 38
Mid Essex Hospital Services26 3337
Royal Cornwall Hospitals21 3134
North Cumbria Acute Hospitals20 3232
North West London Hospitals76 3830
Healthcare5230 30
University Hospital North Tees27 2929
Newham PCT2628 28
Barts and The London29 3826
East Lancashire Hospitals20 2024
Hillingdon Hospital26 2524
Buckinghamshire Hospitals44 2222
The Hammersmith Hospitals10 1220
Southend University Hospital27 3220
Trafford Healthcare13 2320
Walsall Hospitals*18 18
United Bristol Healthcare38 2318
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital26.3 20.717
Derby Hospitals1414 16
West Suffolk Hospital18 1616
Royal Free Hampstead33 2116
South Manchester University Hospitals4 1216
Bolton Hospitals34 16
Gateshead Health912 15
Nottingham University Hospitals30 4214
Frimley Park** 13
Freeman Hospital713 12
North Tyneside Hospital4 1212
Children's University Hospitals42 1512
Royal Berkshire1212 12
Taunton and Somerset45 1212
The Rotherham24.521.5 12
Whittington Hospital52 5212
St George's Healthcare10 911
Sherwood Forest Hospitals7 68
Milton Keynes General52 608
Birmingham Children's Hospital6 66
Barnsley Hospital10 86
Royal Liverpool Children's3 33
Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children 333
Salford Hospital (children's hearing aids) 411
Average35.037.8 41.2


Table 2b

Digital Hearing Aids Waiting Times for Reassessment (weeks)
Reassessment
Trust2004-052005-06 Current
University Hospitals of Leicester24 27*
Freeman Hospital** *
North Tyneside Hospital* **
Salford Hospital (children's hearing aids) ***
Northern Devon Healthcare52 32*
Airedale2058 *
Birmingham Children's Hospital* **
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals* *260
Wirral Hospital163169 169
Derby Hospitals** 156
Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals* *156
Plymouth Hospitals78 112156
Bromley Hospitals** 156
Harrogate and District26 52156
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals78 156156
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals124 150130
North Hampshire Hospitals* *128
Mid Cheshire Hospitals92 110128
North West London Hospitals84 96126
Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospitals 1224124
Gloucestershire Hospitals72 104120
Calderdale and Huddersfield50 65115
Stockport3672 114
Hillingdon Hospital33 114114
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals112 114110
South Warwickshire General Hospitals* *110
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals53 96110
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals 4076104
Ipswich Hospital*70 104
North Cumbria Acute Hospitals72 104104
Heart of England** 102
Weston Area Hospital* 68100
Essex Rivers Healthcare78 100100
East Kent Hospitals* 95100
Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals **96
Burton Hospitals*84 90
United Lincolnshire Hospitals22 5188
East Surrey10584 88
East Lancashire Hospitals24 4084
Newham PCT5052 78
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh30 5278
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital64.7 84.373
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital80 6570
City Hospitals Sunderland80 6468
St Mary's** 68
Walsall Hospitals*70 65
Bradford Teaching Hospitals* *64
Royal Cornwall Hospitals76 6163
Luton and Dunstable Hospital12 2060
County Durham & Darlington28 4759
Mayday Healthcare121 6558
Bedford Hospital1040 56
Peterborough & Stamford50 6853
Royal United Hospital Bath49 5153
Barts and The London44 4052
Guy's and St Thomas'25 3652
University Hospitals49 3652
Queen Mary's Sidcup112 5652
Healthcare7852 52
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals26 5648
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay44 4446
The Hammersmith Hospitals20 2040
North Bristol1228 40
South Devon Healthcare52 4440
Mid Essex Hospital Services26 3538
York Hospitals7852 38
Taunton and Somerset47 4537
University Hospital North Tees27 2734
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire **30
Aintree University Hospital22 1730
Southampton Hospitals28 3728
St George's Healthcare* *24
Buckinghamshire Hospitals52 2222
University Hospital Birmingham20 2018
United Bristol Healthcare32 2318
Nottingham University Hospitals35 5217
Bolton Hospitals7830 17
West Suffolk Hospital20 1716
South Manchester University Hospitals12 2416
Gateshead Health912 15
Trafford Healthcare47 1615
Frimley Park** 14
Southend University Hospital33 5214
Children's University Hospitals36 2013
The Rotherham24.521.5 13
Royal Berkshire1212 12
Royal Free Hampstead33 1510
Milton Keynes General52 608
Barnsley Hospital10 88
Sherwood Forest Hospitals6 76
Great Ormand Street Hospital for Children 666
Whittington Hospital52 524
Royal Liverpool Children's* *0
Average48.055.4 68.8

TOP TEN WORST OFFENDERS

Table 3a

First Hearing Aid—Top Ten Worst Offenders
PositionTrust Waiting Time (Weeks)
1Bromley Hospitals112
2Plymouth Hospitals 108
3Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals 104
4=Weston Area Hospital 100
East Kent Hospitals 100
6=Stockport88
East Surrey88
8The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals 74
9University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire 73
10Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals 72


Table 3b

Reassessment—Top Ten Worst Offenders
PositionTrust Waiting Time (Weeks)
1Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospitals 260
2Wirral Hospital169
3=Derby Hospitals156
Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals 156
Plymouth Hospitals156
Bromley Hospitals156
Harrogate and District 156
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals 156
9Sheffield Teaching Hospitals 130
10=North Hampshire Hospitals 128
Mid Cheshire Hospitals 128





 
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