June 2017

New Audiology Unit family-centred and with additional capacity

Southern DHB’s new Audiology Unit is now open at Wakari Hospital.  It has contemporary facilities that will improve service delivery and accessibility for patients and their families.

The new unit is larger than its predecessor at Dunedin Hospital and has three soundproof testing booths, new equipment and an additional clinical space.  This means up to three clinics can be run concurrently, making appointments much more streamlined for patients.

As importantly, it is a very family friendly facility, The new waiting room is large enough to accommodate a small play area for its many young patients and furnished with comfortable furniture and toys, thanks to donations from Friends of the Children in Hospital and Fresh Choice Roslyn.

The project team worked closely with the Hearing Association, Deaf Aotearoa and the Otago Association for Deaf Children, 

Audiology is one of the interim redevelopment projects being undertaken by the hospital to best meet the needs of staff, patients and their families while the new hospital is developed and built.

 A small audiology unit has been retained on the 2nd floor of Dunedin Hospital for in-hospital patients.