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Lend us your ear! Mobile wax removal unit is coming to King's Lynn, Fakenham and Swaffham

A new mobile aural care clinic offering microsuction ear wax removal is visiting Lynn, Swaffham and Fakenham before the end of the year.

The clinic by Hear for Norfolk (formerly Norfolk Deaf Association) will reach out to vulnerable people in local communities, who are unable to access the clinic based at the charity’s premises in Meridian Way, Norwich.

Patients who live outside the Central Norfolk Locality of Norfolk and Waveney CCG can self-refer and contact Hear for Norfolk direct for an appointment but will have to pay a £40 fee for the procedure.

The launch of Hear for Norfolk's mobile ear wax removal clinic (42609970)
The launch of Hear for Norfolk's mobile ear wax removal clinic (42609970)

Patients registered with medical practices in the Central Norfolk Locality can also self-refer if they do not want to seek a GP referral.

The mobile clinic is scheduled to visit Lynn on Tuesday, November 17 and Tuesday, December 15, Swaffham on Tuesday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 22 and Fakenham on Tuesday, November 3.

It will also visit other places throughout Norfolk including Holt and Wells.

Sir Richard Jewson launches the Hear for Norfolk mobile ear wax clinic
Sir Richard Jewson launches the Hear for Norfolk mobile ear wax clinic

For more information call Hear for Norfolk on 01603 404440 or email appointments@hearfornorfolk.org.uk.

The full schedule is available at www.hearfornorfolk.org.uk.

Ear wax keeps ears clean and healthy, but a build-up of wax can cause hearing loss, pain and general discomfort.

Microsuction involves using a small tube attached to a suction machine. The machine sucks the wax out of the ear and is a safe method for wax removal.

The mobile aural care clinic cost £70,000 to develop.

The project has been supported by the Paul Bassham Trust, the Goodman Trust, Norwich Consolidated Charities and the Clothworkers’ Foundation.

Aliona Derrett, the charity’s chief executive said: “We have operated a mobile hearing support clinic for the last 15 years.

“This clinic helps patients with their NHS issued hearing aids and its success encouraged us to develop the mobile aural care clinic.

“Running a high quality, safe and accessible service is a key priority and we have recruited a small team of highly experienced nurse practitioners, who operate the microsuction equipment.

“We also have recruited a mobile clinic assistant who will drive the vehicle and carry out the on-site administration, including all Covid-19 safety measures.”

Peter Prinsley, chairman of Hear for Norfolk and consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, said: “Many hearing aid users have problems with their ears clogging up with wax.

“The hearing aid forces the wax deeper into the ear. As a result, they stop using their hearing aids.

“Our new mobile clinic will reach out to vulnerable patients across the county, removing this wax and improving their hearing.”

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