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COVID-19

COVID-19 Update 11th May 2021 (with BSL)

We would like to let you know how USAIS is able to support our patients and service users as the Covid-19 situation gradually improves.  We are very pleased to report that the USAIS clinic has remained open throughout this year, and we have also managed to increase the number of patients we are able to see over the last few months, while maintaining a Covid-safe environment. Continue reading →

COVID-19 restrictions are causing delays

                  Please be aware that there are significant delays in booking assessment appointments, scans and surgery slots at the present time due to the current COVID restrictions.  USAIS will contact patients when appointments and operation slots become available and the hospital will contact patients directly when scan dates are released. Continue reading →

COVID-19 update 6th January 2021 (with BSL)

Following the government announcement on the 5 Jan, the Auditory Implant Service is still open for clinicians to see patients in clinic.   We are reviewing the appointments that have been booked and will be postponing some of them to ensure we remain COVID-safe during a time when the virus is highly transmittable. We will contact patients if their appointment has to be cancelled for the time being.  If you need an urgent appointment, please let us know. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Update 3rd November 2020 (pre November 2020 Lockdown)

Following the most recent guidance from the Government, effective from Thursday 5 November for at least 4 weeks, we have reviewed our working practise to ensure that we will be complying with national restrictions.  USAIS is already implementing a maximally Covid-safe scenario with reduced activity, so we do not envisage any change at all in terms of how USAIS is running for the new lockdown, though of course we will keep this under review. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Update October 2020

USAIS is currently running a limited service with an amended clinic timetable to ensure that we remain Covid-safe.  This means that we have set times when we are able to see patients so we can control how many people are in the waiting room at any one time.  We have a backlog of appointments, including upgrades that need to be booked which we are working through. Continue reading →

COVID-19 Update – USAIS is accepting referrals (with BSL)

USAIS is accepting referrals for candidates for cochlear implantation or bone-conduction hearing instruments from NHS providers. More information and our contact details can be found at https://ais.southampton.ac.uk/resources-for-referrers/ . We are pleased to say that we have been able to carry out some cochlear implant operations since the beginning of May.  Unfortunately our current waiting list for surgery is significantly longer than usual. Continue reading →

Childrens’ Commissioner’s Guide to Coronavirus and other information to support children

Here is a guide to Coronavirus for children. Childrens' Guide to Coronavirus USAIS has much more information about resources for children on our Website Resources to support children The website also has a whole page of information about looking after your own and your family's mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak. Looking after your family's mental health If you have any specific concerns you have contact USAIS directly. Continue reading →

FREE BSL Service launched to support with health appointments during COVID-19 crisis (with BSL)

https://vimeo.com/408089137 The Deaf Health Charity, SignHealth and online interpreting company InterpreterNow, have together launched ‘BSLHealthAccess’ which enables the provision of immediate, on demand access to British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters for communication with Deaf people in health settings free of charge during the current Coronavirus situation. Continue reading →