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New Verifit Scanner donated by the Friends

Children needing checks for hearing problems are to have a better service in the community, thanks to a special new portable scanner being taken out on the road by staff from Broomfield Hospital’s paediatric audioolgy department.

The equipment, a Verirfit Scanner, has been funded by the Friends at Broomfield Hospital group and the former Chelmsford Deaf Club.

The new scanner means patients and their families will no longer have to come to the hospital, as staff can now see them out in the community.

Pictured to the left: Members of the Friends at Broomfield Hospital being shown the new scanner by Sharon Comben.

Sharon Comben, Audiology Manager at Broomfield Hospital said: “We can take the Verifit Scanner out into the community, to either clinics or schools where we can test between 15 and 20 children at a time. This is much faster for us and means patients no longer need to book an appointment at the hospital. We can also visit babies and children at their home, which is far more comforting for the children and their families.”

“As a result, our patients are being treated quicker and we are providing a much better family friendly experience for them.”

Members of th Friends at Broomfield Hospital, volunteers who raise funds for equipment and facilities to help patients, staff and visitors at the hospital, were invited to visit the audiology department and were very impressed with the difference the new scanner is making to youngsters and their families.

“The Friends – Supporting your hospital, supporting you”