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Why does my GP no longer remove Earwax?

Traditionally ear-syringing was a service provided by GPs.

Although, since 2018 removal of ear wax is no longer on the list of core services that surgeries must offer for the population in the UK.

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) said if a GP could not provide ear wax removal through the use of an electronic irrigator or micro-suction, they should refer the patient to a health trust.

"Each of the trusts provide an ear wax removal or micro-suction service," HSCB said in a statement.

"However, rather than wait, patients may prefer to seek, and pay for, private treatment."

A local private clinic said it had had a 31% increase in the number of people paying to have ear wax removed since March 2020.

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