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Medical Advice incl. Ear Syringing


Your local pharmacist can help you with any questions you might have about your medical conditions or treatments. Pharmacists are available to assist you without an appointment, in privacy up to six days a week. As highly trained health care professionals, they adhere to the same rules of privacy and confidentiality as your doctor. This extensive training makes them experts about your medications. So, when you need information, help and understanding about making the most of your medicines, ask your pharmacist.

Pharmacists are qualified to give good advice about the availability and use of over-the-counter medicines. They can also advise on self-care medications to deal with mild symptoms.

Some factors to consider when taking medications include allergies, medical history and possible interactions between medications or with food and supplements. Keep your pharmacist informed about any changes in your personal medical profile, and share information about any over-the-counter (OTC) medications, herbal remedies, vitamins, or dietary supplements you might be taking.

Self Medication

Before buying a medicine tell the pharmacist:

  • Who it is for - if it is for a child, state the age
  • What the symptoms are
  • How long the symptoms have been present
  • What treatment, if any, has been tried already
  • What other medicines are being taken for any other ailment
  • If the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding
  • If the patient is sensitive or allergic to aspirin or any other medications

If you are taking OTC medication then please let your GP know so that this information can be entered into your clinical notes.

NHS 111

NHS 111 is a telephone service available to the general public where you can get advice on how to deal with medical problems. Simply dial 111.

Preparation for Ear Syringing

Please ensure prior to syringing olive oil has been instilled into the canal up to 3 times per day for at least 3 days.

Please be aware that there is a small risk of a perforated ear drum during this procedure.

You could experience dizziness straight after the procedure. Please ensure this has settled before leaving the surgery.

Following syringing there is an increased risk of infection now the protective wax has been removed. To try to avoid this keep the ear as dry as possible.

Please keep ears dry for 48 hours post syringing.

Put hearing aids in to safely get home, then remove to allow ear canals to settle down & dry.

Ensure hearing aids are cleaned and free of any wax or wax softener.

Never use cotton buds in ears. Dry ears with tissue or towel by placing near canal but not down it.

If any sign of infection such as soreness / pain / discomfort or discharge then please return for review.

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