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We will no longer be offering ear irrigation, commonly referred to as "syringing", for the management of impacted ear wax as of 31st January 2019. The decision was reached on the grounds of patient safety. National guidance now reflects the risk of significant infection associated with ear irrigation, particularly in older people and diabetics. It is recommended that micro-suction should now be considered in these patients for managing impacted wax if self-care methods have failed.

We will continue to offer assessment regarding ear symptoms and to check for the presence of impacted wax. For the majority of cases we would encourage the ear care as outlined in the practice leaflet.

If it is felt mechanical methods for wax removal are required we can refer you on the NHS to the ear, nose and throat (ENT) service in Kendal, or the micro-suction service offered across Morecambe Bay Hospitals.

Should you wish to seek private micro-suction we are aware of the following services in the local area:

The Hearing Centre, Salt Pie Lane, Kirkby Lonsdale LA6 2BH - Appointments Thursday’s and some availabilities Tuesday’s and Friday’s - £40 for one ear, £60 for 2 ears.

Specsavers Lancaster - £35 per ear. - Offer Micro-suction in Carnforth, Kendal, BMI Lancaster and also website mentions possibility of home visits

Check out our Ear Care Leaflet ... Ear Care Leaflet        


The practice is committed to ongoing training for our staff and we are also a training practice for the doctors of the future. Dr. Kaye is our accredited trainer and he is assisted by many other members of the practice team who are involved in providing training within our practice.

We are always appreciative for your acceptance of trainee doctors in the practice as without your support we would not be able to provide a training environment for them.

We often have several different kinds of trainee doctors in the practice and these include:

GP Registrar

GP Registrars are doctors with a minimum of 4 years experience after qualification who have decided to specialise in general practice. They are usually with the practice for 12 months and although fully qualified doctors they are initially supervised by one of our other GPs until nearing the end of their time with us when they start to practice entirely independently. During their training they must complete a number of formal assessments supervised by Dr. Kaye and this includes assessing videos of their consultation skills. It is for this reason that you may be asked for your permission to video your consultation with the GP registrar. This video will only used for training purposes and looked at by doctors who are assessing the registrar.                                                                                                           

Medical Students

5th Year medical students from Liverpool University have placements of 7 weeks in the practice during which time they are given the opportunity to carry out their own patient consultations under the direct supervision of one of our other GPs. Whenever you are given an appointment with a medical student you will always be reviewed by a qualified GP and because the student is training your appointment may take a little longer than you would usually expect.


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