Up until now we have been providing ear “syringing” to our registered patients outside of our NHS GP contract as we recognise the problems that wax build up can cause.
It is with sadness and regret that we can no longer continue this service for the following reasons:
- The workload in Primary Care is at an all-time high and we need to focus our staff resources and funding on our core contractual services; as mentioned above ear syringing does not form part of that.
- Ear syringing is now a discredited method of removing ear wax and has the potential to cause harm to patients. It is associated with increased ear infections, ear drum perforations and trauma to the ear canal. There are other ways of removing wax, such as a procedure called “micro-suction”.
As your GP surgery we will continue to consult about ear problems and will continue to diagnose and advise over such issues, but we will not be able to offer routine ear syringing.
There are many local private services which provide ear hygiene procedures but as these are not NHS providers, we will not be able to offer referral recommendations.
Advice and guidance on ear wax can be found on the NHS website.