A recent audit report by the British Academy of Audiology has shown significant and widespread failings in the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Service. These failures have had consequences for children and their families, and in some cases, diagnoses of hearing loss or impairment have been missed or delayed.
The errors meant the average age of a child being diagnosed with hearing loss by NHS Lothian was four-and-a-half years, far above the 109 days old average in England.
For some children the delay in diagnosis means they may now have poorer outcomes and treatment options. Out of the sample of 1,007 patient records that were audited, severe concerns were identified in 155, with moderate and minor concerns identified in many other cases.
We know that there are children who fall outside the audit sample who have been affected by the failings identified at NHS Lothian, and the number impacted may be significantly larger than the 155 referenced in the audit report.
We’ve set up the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim to help families get the compensation we believe they deserve.
If your child attended NHS Lothian’s Paediatric Audiology Service between 2009 and 31st August 2021 and you have concerns regarding a failure and/or delay to diagnose we would like to speak to you.
With the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim, we will help the families that have been directly affected by the failings of the NHS Lothian Audiology Service.
If you or someone you know was affected, please register your interest now.
Pogust Goodhead is exploring bringing legal action on behalf of those impacted. The audit has been thorough and transparent and clearly highlighted very serious concerns regarding NHS Lothian’s Paediatric Audiology Service. The consequences for those children impacted and their families, needs to be recognised.
We will work with the families that have been impacted, to try to bring a swift and just resolution that provides fair redress and support for those affected.
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As well as within the NHS Lothian Paediatric Audiology Claim, we are committed to helping people get access to justice in the UK and around the world.
The National Deaf Children’s Society offer a helpline on 0808 800 8880.
A support group for families affected by the scandal has been set up named FLAAG (Families failed by Lothian Audiology Action Group) who can be contacted through Facebook.
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