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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        

Lunesdale Surgery Patient Participation Group

Our patient group is a "virtual" group which means that we exchange ideas and feedback either electronically or by post. We chose this model for our patient Participation Group (PPG) to enable as many people as possible to feedback their ideas to us, at a time convenient to them without having to come in to a regular meeting. We are always pleased to receive feedback, comments or suggestions because this lets us know what we are doing well and also where we can improve things

We get this feedback from a variety of different means both formal and informal, friends and family questionnaires, suggestions left in the boxes in receptions, complaints, verbally through conversations with doctors and other staff and through information received from our PPG.

At the moment we are trying to increase the number of patients in our group to make it more representative of our practice population. Currently the numbers are small and most people are in an older age band.  We want to encourage more diversity because in planning services we need to take account of the views from people of all ages.

From time to time we will send out brief surveys specific to our practice asking about things such as how easy it is to get through on the phone, are appointment times convenient and recently we asked for patients willing to speak to the Care Quality Commision in preparation for our inspection. Any involvement is voluntary, we never ask for medical information and replies are anonymous.

Increasingly, patient groups are being asked to contribute to local discussions on developing healthcare services for the future and any such requests would also be sent out to our patient group inviting them to become involved.

Signing up is easy - follow the link on the right hand side of this page and we will sign you up.

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