Deaf children’s charity refurbishes Portsmouth facility

Julie Hughes, chief executive of The Elizabeth Foundation
Julie Hughes, chief executive of The Elizabeth Foundation

A CHARITY helping deaf babies and young children talk and listen has unveiled new facilities.

The Elizabeth Foundation, based in Portsmouth, has redeveloped its Ovingdean Building at Queen Alexandra Hospital to equip it with two state-of-the-art testing booths.

The refurbishment also includes consulting and waiting rooms with disabled access and additional parking spaces.

The official opening saw staff and volunteers from the charity joined by professionals who support deaf children across the south.

The University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service were the first to use the brand new facilities to see their outreach patients once a week.

Julie Hughes, chief executive 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.

‘Having the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service on-board allows us to provide families with a joined-up service that benefits all involved.

‘It also offers exciting opportunities for the future by way of research and development.’

The joint work will be alongside the on-site partnership The Elizabeth Foundation has with the Paediatric Audiology service provided by the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ which runs QA Hopsital.