The Practice has recently changed its policy on ear syringing.
We have for a number of years, offered our patients ear syringing to clear the build up of excess wax. However, there is increasing consensus among health professionals that syringing wax from ears with water can be traumatic and often lead to other complications and distress for patients.
In view of this, we are from 1st November, not routinely offering ear syringing and will be encouraging patients to keep their ears clear of excessive wax by using ear drops. We have prepared the following patient information leaflets on this matter:
For patients who have not had ear syringing before, click The Treatment of Ear Wax Using Drops.
Those who have had their ears syringed before should click Ear Syringing - Patient Leaflet for a slightly different leaflet.
In both cases, if the ear drops do not clear the wax, patients should book to see the Ear Care Team who will advise on the best way forward, which could include referral to a community micro suction service, where wax is removed in a different way to syringing.