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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        

Pharmacists

Mr Adam O'Kane (m)

Adam is our practice support pharmacist and he works with us on Wednesdays. He assists the doctors by seeing patients for medication reviews as well as providing advice for patients and staff on medication and prescribing matters.

Community Midwives

The Community Midwives provide antenatal clinics at The Lunesdale and West View Surgery and visit patients in their homes both before and after delivery of their babies. The midwives are based att Helme Chase Unit Kendal and can be contacted on 01539 732288. They have a weekly antenatal clinic at the Lunesdale Surgery. Sisters Pam Norris and Tracy Drake are based at the community offices in Lancaster and can be contacted on 01524 583867. They hold a fortnightly antenatal clinic on Tuesdays at Hornby Surgery.

Community Nurses

Andrea Jennings and her team work closely with GP’s, practice nurses and other health care professionals providing skilled nursing care in the community. They offer support, education and self care to patients in their own homes and will see patients at their rooms at The Lunesdale Surgery. The District Nursing Team also cover Sedbergh and District as well as Kirkby Lonsdale and the Lune Valley. They can be contacted by phone on 015242 71487 or by fax on 015242 79176 and if there is no-one in the office please leave a message on the answer phone and your call will be returned. Out of hours District Nursing Team - Lancashire 01524 62824 - Cumbria 01539 795294

Health Visitors

Mrs Fiona Dodd can give advice on health care, and is particularly involved with caring for expectant mothers and small children. She runs regular child development clinics in the surgery and can be contacted on weekdays on 015242 79177. There is an answer phone for times when she is not in the office; if you leave a message some-one will get back to you as soon as possible.

Attached Staff

Macmillan Nurses, Counsellor, Physiotherapist, Dietician, Social Workers and Community Psychiatric Nurses all visit the practice on regular basis. Members of the Health Team can make referrals to them
 
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