In General Practice we have been forced to look at the services we provide and prioritise them in order of clinical necessity. This means changes for people requesting ear irrigation (ear syringing). Demand for ear irrigation has grown considerably and is not funded as part of our NHS contract.
As widely reported in the media, General Practice is currently working in times of unprecedented pressure. We have limited resources and facilities, and we must make the best use of the clinical staff and organise services effectively to ensure the best use of time and resources.
In order to use our resources in the most cost effective way the Practice Nurses will be providing ear irrigation at specific “ear irrigation clinics”. There will be three clinics per month across the sites Bromham, Church Lane and Pemberley Avenue. Should demand outstrip capacity, there will be a waiting list .If patients feel they are unable to wait for a clinic slot, they may wish to self- treat. There is a self-care leaflet available at reception and on our website. Alternatively there are private providers available.
We do understand that any change to services provided will be difficult for the patients affected, but organising our ear irrigation service this way will preserve this service for the foreseeable future.