Hearing (Audiology)

The audiology clinic at Witkoppen Health and Welfare Centre is the first of its kind in South Africa. This clinic partners with the University of Pretoria in delivering a telemedicine service. Hearing tests are done using a CE certified KUDU wave Audiometer which does not require a soundproof booth. A trained facilitator does the initial screening test and if the test is abnormal, is prompted by the programme to perform a more in-depth test. These results are interpreted remotely by qualified audiologists while the patient waits.  Patients from different departments are screened on a daily basis, and those that have severe or profound hearing loss which would significantly impact negatively on their daily lives are referred for further intervention at tertiary hospitals.

Video-otoscopy

Witkoppen Clinic has the distinction of being the only medical facility in South Africa taking part in an international video-otoscopy project funded by the University of Pretoria and the University of Umea in Northern Sweden. Video-otoscopy allows a patient with an ear problem to be examined by the facilitator or nurse at WHWC and a video of the findings transmitted to Pretoria or Sweden where highly trained personnel examine the footage and send back their assessment of the patient’s condition and a recommendation for treatment.