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Ear Syringing

The Weardale Practice has recently made the decision to no longer offer ear irrigation – or syringing as it is commonly known.

There are a number of reasons for this:

  • Ear irrigation is no longer standard practice across many GP surgeries, as there is high risk of damage during the procedure.
  • Guidance from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) says bicarbonate or olive oil drops should always be the first course of treatment. For the majority of patient this should provide a solution, and both are also available without a prescription.
  • Specialist training and equipment is needed to carry out the procedure. Our equipment does not function reliably and is beyond repair. 

Other options are available if the standard guidance does not resolve a patient’s issue. One of these is micro suction, a non-standard NHS service that we can give information about, although as a non-standard service there is a cost.

For more complex issues such as chronic infections or eardrum perforation, we could refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialist.

To find out more about alternative services or a referral, please contact the Practice on 01388 528 555. We are open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.