New facilities offer future opportunities for deaf children

In our recently completed Ovingdean Building Garden Suite, we have built new state-of-the-art testing facilities with UoSAIS as our launch partner.

Expanded audiology facilities support partnership working  

Staff, friends and partners of The Elizabeth Foundation joined together at a evening reception on Monday 24 September 2018 to celebrate the official opening of the test facilities in the new Ovingdean Building Garden Suite.

In the recently completed Garden Suite, the charity has built new state-of-the-art facilities, including two purpose-built, soundproof audiological testing rooms, alongside reception, therapy and consulting rooms.

We have developed these new facilities to enable partnership working with other organisations. The launch tenant is the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service (UoSAIS) who are using the brand new facilities to provide outreach services for clients with Cochlear Implants.

Julie Hughes, CEO of The Elizabeth Foundation said, “As a charity supporting deaf preschool children it was important to the trustees that these facilities were used to enhance the work that we do and having The University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service on-board allows us to provide families with a joined-up service that benefits all involved and offers exciting opportunities for the future by way of research and development”.

We are currently in talks with several other organisations to make the best use of these new facilities, which complements our existing on-site partnership with the Paediatric Audiology service provided by the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

At the official launch reception on 24 September 2018, we welcomed staff, volunteers, trustees and our founders Shirley and David Metherell, alongside friends from University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service and audiology / ENT teams of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

Everyone joined together to celebrate the official opening of the new facilities and watch our CEO Julie Hughes cut the ‘opening cake’.

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