Practice News

19th Jul

DEMENTIA SPECIALIST ADMIRAL NURSE CLINICS

 

We are pleased to announce that we have now obtained the services of an Admiral Nurse who will help advise and support relatives of patients with dementia.

Admiral Nurses are specialist dementia nurses who work with families and professionals from other agencies. They provide information, advice and emotional support to families affected by dementia, including psychological support to help family carers understand and deal with their thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to adapt to the changing situation. 

If you are caring for someone who is  living with dementia and you've registered with the following GP Practices, you can make an appointment to attend an Admiral Nurse clinic:

Cambridge Medical Group

South Grange Medical Centre

Normanby Medical Centre

Manor House Surgery

Eston Surgery

Call: (01642) 573623

Email : middlesbroughanclinic@demtiaUk.org

10th May

Ear "syringing"

Up until now we have been providing the 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 this contract.

Ear Syringing is no longer recommended as a first line treatment for blocked ears.  Ear irrigation has the potential to cause harm to patients and there are other ways of removing wax, such as a procedure called "microsuction".

There are many local private services which provide ear hygeine procedures, but as these are not NHS providers we will not be able to offer referral recommendation.

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.

 

Advice and guidance on ear wax can be found here:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/earwax-build-up/