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Cathedral Medical Group
Cawley Road, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1XT

Telephone: 01243 813 450
click here for Aesthetics or Tel: 01243 813457

Email: cathedralmedical@nhs.net


Ear Irrigation Clinics at Cathedral Medical Group

Our Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has informed us today 19th September 2019, that there will be a limited budget for Practice to re-commence ear care services.  


Patients concerned that they may need ear syringing must follow the guidelines below before booking a slots with our health care assistants



Ear Irrigation


Irrigating will usually clear wax if drops alone or instrumentation are not successful.  It is usually successful only if the wax plug has been softened.  Therefore, eardrops need to be put in 2 or 3 times a day for 7 - 10 days prior to treatment.  Ear irrigation is usually painless.  Lukewarm water is squirted into the ear.  This dislodges the softened plug, which then falls out with the water.  Ear syringing (irrigation) is best avoided in people with the following:


v  Previous surgery for some ear problems.  It depends what the operation was for.  Tell your doctor or nurse if you have had an ear operation in the past.

v  Recurring ear canal infections (otitis externa).

v  A perforated eardrum.

v  A cleft palate.


Syringing will only be carried out after the advice about using oil/ear drops on this sheet has been adhered to.




Eardrops to soften wax are commonly available from pharmacies but unless prescribed or recommended to you by a nurse or doctor, olive oil is recommended and is just as effective.  A traditional remedy is to pour a few drops of olive oil into the affected ear.  The wax is softened and it often breaks up.  Drops should be put in 2-3 times a day for 7-10 days.  Flakes or crusts of wax usually fall out bit by bit.  Often the wax will come out of the ear without the need for syringing by using olive oil for 7-10 days or so.   Put drops in correctly for best chance of success.  This means lying on your side, inserting about 5 drops of oil and staying on your side for at least 10 minutes.  This allows time for the drops to soak into the wax.  Do not use cotton wool – it will soak up the drops! 



Private providers

We will be operating a limited service, but you can have this done privately at these providers. Other providers are available and this is not a recommendation, just a source of information for you. 


Chichester Hearing Care Centre – 01243 774536   Clean Ear Clinic Emsworth - 02392 985445 Clean Ear Clinic Portsmouth - 02392 985445




Small amounts of earwax are made all the time.  The wax forms a protective coating for the skin in the ear canal.  Flakes or crusts of wax break off and fall out of the ear from time to time.  Some people make more wax than others.  In some people the wax forms a plug.  This happens more easily in people with narrow ear canals.  Further wax is gradually added to form a wax plug.  Eventually this may cause a feeling of fullness in the ear.  Dulled hearing may result, particularly if the plug extends right up to the eardrum.  Plugs of wax can easily be confirmed by a doctor or nurse looking into the ear.  A plug of earwax is not a serious problem, more a nuisance.  Earwax need only be removed if it is causing symptoms such as dulled hearing.


Removing plugs of earwax


v  Eardrops will often clear a plug of earwax.

v  Specialist instruments or tools may be used to remove softened wax (“instrumentation”).

v  Ear syringing may be required only if eardrops or instrumentation do not work.


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