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New partnership to improve hearing services

New partnership to improve service for patients with hearing difficulties
Patients with hearing aids will now be able to have simple repairs carried out without a hospital appointment, thanks to a new partnership with GDA and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
GDA will be offering a range of simple hearing aid services from drop-in clinics held monthly at locations across the county.
With or without an appointment, hearing aid users will be able to get replacement batteries, change their flexi-tube or tubes on ear moulds, as well as receive advice on other hearing aid devices and listening equipment.
Jenny Hopkins, Chief Executive of GDA said "This means that most people should now be able to get their hearing aids regularly cleaned and re-tubed at a clinic closer to home. GDA has always provided these services, but with the support of the Trust we envisage thousands more hearing impaired people will benefit from the increased number of regular local clinics."
The clinics are open to anyone with an NHS hearing aid. GDA clinic staff are trained by hospital hearing aid audiologists and patients may still be referred to the Trusts Hearing Services department if necessary. Significant repairs will need to carried out directly at the hospital, but small adjustments and minor repairs can now be managed in the clinics.
Anne-Marie Boisriveau-Mitchell, Head of Hearing Services at the Trust, said "We are confident that this new partnership with GDA will help us significantly improve the services we provide our patients."
The clinics are already taking place across Gloucestershire in all the major towns including Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cirencester. To find a clinic taking place near you click here or contact the GDA office on 01452 372999.       
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