Hearing and Speech Services
Many disabilities, including speech and hearing problems, are picked up when babies and toddlers undergo routine developmental screening at primary healthcare clinics. If necessary, the child will be referred to a specialist clinic. At the same time, the child will be referred to a rehabilitation professional eg occupational therapist at primary healthcare level (where available). Adults and children who develop problems later with speech and hearing will need to go to their primary healthcare clinic, where they will be assessed.
Children can be referred to a speech therapist and/or an audiologist at specialist clinics, which are available to a limited extent in the Boland/Overberg region and in the West Coast/Winelands region. An in-patient only service is available in the Cape Metropole at the Booth Memorial and Brooklyn Chest Hospitals. There are no services in the Southern Cape/Karoo.
Tygerberg, Groote Schuur and Red Cross Children's Hospital provide hearing aids.
First-time visitors to the clinic/secondary or tertiary hospital will be asked to fill out a form and a folder will be opened for the patient. If you need an assistive device such as a hearing aid, you must ask for the orthopaedic aftercare sister or physiotherapist/occupational therapist at the nearest clinic or community health centre/district hospital. Bring your ID book and in the case of a child, the Road to Health Card.
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Services are free at primary healthcare level.
Following Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's announcement that a free healthcare policy for people with disabilities would come into operation on 1 July 2003, this service should be free. This covers out-patient visits and admissions to hospitals, and includes disability aids such as hearing aids. The free service includes people who have permanent disabilities that have resulted in moderate to severe difficulty in living a normal life.