Information for GPs

Action for Deafness is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. 

The organisation was founded, as a charity, in 1994 by deaf people and for deaf people in Sussex.

Action for Deafness provides advice, support, information and services to enable Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and deafblind people to lead independent lives.

The organisation works in partnership with many other local and national organisations including the NHS with which it has a contract to provide audiology services.

Please click on the questions below on how to proceed with a patient referral.


You can send us a referral through post, fax, email or Choose and Book. All information can be found on the referral form.
AFD now accept referrals for any patient over the age of 18 that adhere to the referral guidelines.
  • Normal appearance of the ear drum and the external auditory canal is free of wax.
  • No history of recent earache / discharge.
  • The hearing loss is not of sudden onset or fluctuation nature.
  • The patient has not presented with Tinnitus or Vertigo within the last 90 days.
    All information about the patient's journey can be found here

    After the hearing test, the audiogram will be sent back to the referring GP with instructions as to what will happen next for the patient.

    If the audiogram shows it is a complex case, the GP will also be notified and may be requested to referred the patient to ENT.

    AFD are able to visit patients that are housebound. Please note this on the referral that a home visit is requested.

    Home visits are mostly limited to the West Sussex areas but if the patient is outside of West Sussex, please contact us.


    The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) granted the
    UK’s first accreditation for Improving Quality in Physiological
    Services (IQIPS) for adult hearing to Action for Deafness in 2012.



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