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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.

Lakelandhearing.co.uk - 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        

Appointments

Please call the surgery on 015242 71210 for an appointment.  Our opening times can be found under 'opening hours'.

If you need an appointment when we are not open you can ring Cumbria Health on-call on 03000 247 247

Or alternatively you can book an appointment via online access - ask us for more details if you are not an online user.

If you need medical advice when the surgery is closed please call 111.

If you have a medical emergency call 999.

Please cancel your appointment if you are unable to attend so that it can be offered to another patient and help us keep waiting times down.  We do have a policy of contacting patients who miss appointments and in extreme cases patients who regularly miss appointments without letting us know may be sent a letter and removed from our practice list.

We have recently started sending text message reminders so please make sure you let us know if you change your mobile phone number. 

 
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