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Private Ear Microsuction for patients not registered with Fallodon Way

Private Ear Wax removal at Fallodon Way medical Centre

This service is only available to patients, aged 16 years or more, who are not registered with Fallodon Way as NHS patients.*

For patients registered at Fallodon Way Medical Centre please see here.

Private ear wax clearance using microsuction is provided by Rachel McLachlan.

Rachel has performed ear syringing at the practice for some years and is qualified to provide this treatment as a non NHS, private service at the practice.

To make an appointment for ear microsuction at Fallodon Way please telephone reception on 0117 9620652

*The NHS GP (PMS)contract prohibits NHS General Practices from providing private clinical services directly to their registered patients.

Ear Wax removal by microsuction is not available as an NHS service in General Practice


What is Microsuction?

Microsuction is a wax removal technique using a precision suction apparatus to suck unwanted or obstructing skin cells and wax from the external auditory meatus (ear canal).

We use surgical lenses( loupes) which provide binocular magnification so that the tip of the fine cannula (suction tube) is always under direct vision.

This technique contrasts with ear syringing where liquid is squirted into the ear to dislodge the wax. Microsuction is a more precise and gentle technique than ear syringing.

Occasionally we may need to use other instruments to remove hard wax. The technique means that we can always see what we are doing and can avoid touching the skin of sides of the ear canal which makes the process a lot more uncomfortable. 

Why is Microsuction better?

Compared to traditional forms of wax removal – ear drops and irrigation or syringing, microsuction is:

  • Safer
  • Quicker
  • Cleaner and Neater
  • Generally better tolerated with fewer side effects
  • More effective and like to need one appointment only
  • Doesn’t need weeks of waiting for drops to soften the wax

What to expect from Ear Microsuction

We will talk you through the procedure, show you the equipment and ask you to sign a consent form before we start.

The microsuction process can be noisy and occasionally make you feel dizzy. This usually passes within a few seconds.  The procedure can last up to 30 minutes for both ears.

Prior to the Procedure

We would ask you to please put 2 drops of olive oil into the relevant ear/ears twice daily for three days prior to your appointment if time allows.


If, at the initial consultation and assessment stage we decide we will not be able to help you, there will be no charge.

Microsuction treatment:

  • 1 ear: £40.00
  • 2 ears: £60.00

You will be required to pay in full on your first appointment. We will accept cash, cheques or card payments.

If we are unable to complete your treatment on your first visit, you will be offered up to two further appointments, within 4 weeks of your initial consultation, free of charge. It we are unable to complete a successful procedure you will be returned to the care of your GP who can refer you for further specialist help.

If you cancel your appointment within 2 hours or do not attend, you will be charged in full. You will not be able to make another appointment until you have paid for the appointment you missed.

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