Covid-19 message from BCIG Chair Helen Cullington:

I wanted to send a message to make contact in these difficult and unprecedented times.  We have all had to close our cochlear implant clinics to outpatients, and are struggling to keep our patients hearing.  I am sure you are all dealing with the worry and upset caused by cancelled surgeries, cancelled scans, delayed assessments etc.   It is a new way of working for all of us – on top of family commitments and inevitable anxiety.  Many have been deployed, sick, had sick family members … and the stress of working with this backdrop cannot be underestimated.

I think that hearing and communication inclusivity seem even more important at this time, and I really feel for people with hearing loss who may be feeling very isolated.  Online communication is great, but a poor substitute for the multi sensory experience of actually seeing people in real life.  It seems unbelievable that we actually held the BCIG conference face to face only 7 weeks ago.

I have heard great stories of how clinics are adapting to care for their patients still.  Well done to all of you for being so committed to our patients.  We are all innovating and finding new solutions to problems, and I know this new learning will sustain after the pandemic.  We will come out stronger as a field.

Please continue to care for your colleagues and don’t forget to care for yourselves.

I hope to see you in person at some point soon.


Helen Cullington