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We will no loinger 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        

Home Visits

Home VisitsIf you can get to the surgery please do so. Home visiting in the Lune Valley can involve long distances and be very time consuming. If you think you require a home visit please try to telephone before 10:30.

A doctor or nurse may phone you back as it may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or that it would be more appropriate to send a nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance.

House visits are only available for patients who are housebound because of illness or disability.

Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the surgery.


Emergencies

If you feel that an ambulance is needed immediately, e.g. for collapse or chest pain call 999, otherwise call (015242) 71210.  

If you suspect someone may have had a stroke and it has just happened it should be treated as a medical emergency - call 999. New treatments if given promptly can be very sucessful in reversing the effects of stroke.

Any of the following signs could be suggestive of a stroke:

1.   Facial weakness - can the person smile, has their mouth or eye drooped?

2.   Arm weakness - can the person raise both arms?

3.   Speech problems - can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

 
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