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Scottish Cochlear Implant Programme - Covid-19 Update


Dear Cochlear Implant Patient / Parent

Following a pause in outpatient activity due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are now in the process of gradually resuming outpatient appointments at University Hospital Crosshouse.

Unfortunately, we are unable to resume appointments at other venues as yet due to covid restrictions and limited room availability.

Many appointments were cancelled during the Covid-19 lockdown. Many patients have already waited a long time for their appointment. Patients will be re-appointed in strict date order and by clinical priority. We will contact you approximately 6 weeks before making your appointment at Crosshouse to establish if you are ready to be seen.

We will continue to carry out repairs and send batteries & spare parts by post. Please note that you cannot collect these items from the department.

We will continue to provide advice by phone, text or email and can offer emergency appointments. Please contact us if you are experiencing any difficulties with your cochlear implant equipment. We are here Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

General Enquiries: 01563 827323
Spares/Repairs: 01563 827339
Clinical Scientists: 07824 598277

Email: cochlear.implant@aaaht.scot.nhs.uk or implant.cochlear@aapct.scot.nhs.uk

We are not available at weekends or on public holidays but if you leave a message, we will get back to you as soon as possible. However, if you need urgent medical advice relating to the internal part of the implant (inside your head), please telephone our hospital switchboard (01563 521133) and ask to be transferred to the ENT Ward. Once through to the ward ask to speak to a doctor about your cochlear implant.

Finally, we just want to say thank you for your patience and understanding at this time. We look forward to seeing you again.


From your Cochlear Implant Team,

Scottish Cochlear Implant Programme
University Hospital Crosshouse
Kilmarnock
KA2 0BE



Scottish Cochlear Implant Programme - Children's Christmas Party 2019

This year we welcomed 50 children and their families to the children's party at Crosshouse Hospital. We had entertainment from Lynne Braidie of Baby Sensory World of Golf , catering from the Hospital Canteen staff and a visit from Santa. Thanks very much to everyone who made this possible.


We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Knitwear Donation

One of our young cochlear implant users Aanya Gill attended the clinic for programming and brought some hand knitted cardigans and hats for the maternity unit that her grandmother had made. They were delighted to receive them and are very grateful to her for her kindness. Thank you very much to Aanya and her mum for bringing these in.

Aanya Gill Donation

Ellie McCallum Donation

Cochlear implant user Ellie McCallum presented the Help to Hear fund with a cheque in memory of her great grandfather, Douglas Smith. Her Papa was always very proud of how well she coped and the excellent progress she made with her implants. Ellie received her first implant when she was 2 years old and is now 14.

We are very grateful to her and her family for their kind donation.

Ellie McCallum Donation

Easter Egg Donation 2019

Thank you very much to Marlie and her family for donating all of these yummy Easter eggs.

Marlie's Dad works for TheGymgroup across Edinburgh and they do an Easter egg appeal , where they gift a day pass to anyone who donates an egg over Easter.

All eggs were donated to NDCS and other deaf charities and hospitals. Thank you very much to them for including us in their donation. Here are just a few of the children who enjoyed them.

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Hand Knitted Matinee Jackets and Hats Donation

A big thank you to Catherine Young for her kind donation of hand knitted matinee jackets and hats. She asked us to donate these to our maternity hospital as a 'thank you' for the service that she has received from us .They are beautiful and have been much admired by everyone in the department. They will be very well received by new mum's at the maternity hospital.

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Children's Christmas Party 2018

On Saturday 1st December we welcomed nearly 50 children with their parents to the Christmas Party at Crosshouse Hospital. We had entertainment from Jiggy Wrigglers , party food, games and a visit from Santa. Lots of fun!

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Fabulous pumpkin carved by Rory, one of our young users for Halloween.


This is a poem that was written by one of the parents of a young implant user for International Cochlear Implant Day.

On International Cochlear Implant day
from Nathan, Victoria and James Murphy

My son was born profoundly deaf
He couldn't hear a sound
Even if you banged on a drum
He wouldn't turn around

Imagine what his life was like
A soundless world is bleak
It's thanks to cochlear implants
That he could learn to speak

Without his two processors
We'd never hear his voice
He wouldn't be in mainstream school
He wouldn't have much choice

He wouldn't listen to music
Or the sound of the sea
He wouldn't hear people laughing
How a whole life could be

Today we celebrate science
And every one of you
Who has helped in any way
We give our thanks to you

Children's Christmas Party 2017

On Saturday 2nd December we hosted the annual Children's Christmas Party at Crosshouse Hospital which was attended by over 50 children and their families. We had entertainment from 'The Jiggy Wrigglers' and a visit from Santa which the children really enjoyed. Thank you to all the staff who helped make it possible.

Young Fan Gets To Jam At Airbourne Soundcheck!

At their recent show at the Barrowlands in Glasgow, Airbourne made a young fan's dream come true when they invited him to jam with them at their soundcheck.

14 year old Andrew is a huge Airbourne fan who has lost his sight and part of his hearing over the last 5 years but is a resilient, determined young man who is now also an accomplished drummer! Andrew is an inspiration to others and rock music has kept him going through his darkest hours, one of his favourite sayings when times are tough is inspired by Airbourne's lyrics "there ain't no way but the hard way!"

Andrew had the best time ever when he got the chance to play a song with his heroes and chose to play the song that keeps him going through the toughest times.

Airbourne Soundcheck 1

Airbourne Soundcheck 2

Cochlear Themed Cupcakes

Beautiful 'cochlear themed' cupcakes made by Abigail Brown's Mum.
Abigail is one of our newest cochlear implant users. Thank you!

Cochlear Themed Cupcakes

Olivia takes part in the Rickshaw Challenge

The One Show's Rickshaw Challenge is back, with a new team of riders and route across Britain's East Coast. Returning for a sixth year, the team will cover a 470-mile journey from the Scottish market town of Jedburgh to central London, all to raise money for BBC Children in Need.

BBC Rickshaw Challenge

This year the rickshaw will once again be pedalled by six young riders, all of whom have been supported by BBC Children in Need funded projects. One of these riders is one of our cochlear implant users Olivia Preston. Follow the link below to find out more.

Good luck Olivia!

Find out more!

Angus Richardson graduates and was asked to be an ambassador for a wetsuit company

Angus Richardson, a cochlear implant user, has finished and graduated from IBTC (International Boatbuilding Training College) now and gone back to work at a traditional boatyard whilst continuing with a couple of his own projects in his big shed at home.

Angus was asked to be an ambassador for a wetsuit company after some of his videos on You Tube were spotted by a film maker. Follow the link below to watch.

View on YouTube

Gillian Low has a blog publish in The Herald

Gillian Low, a cochlear implant user , has written a blog entitled 'Deaf people have needs that many employers must recognise' and it has been published in The Herald.

Follow the link below to read her very interesting article.

Read The Blog

Angus Richardson receives the Royal Highland Yacht Club's 125th Anniversary Award

Below is an article on Angus Richardson , a cochlear implant user who has recently been presented with the Royal Highland Yacht Club's 125th Anniversary Award, presented to support the recipient in a sailing related activity.

We would like to congratulate Angus on his award and wish him well in his future endeavours.

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Maisie with her custom t-shirt!

Here's one of our young cochlear implant users Maisie with her custom made t-shirt - very cool!

Maisie Custom T-Shirt

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