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Uttlesford Health

Building 5 Ferguson Close, Saffron Walden Community Hospital, Radwinter Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 3HY

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Ear Microsuction

Clinics Days
Thursday morning fortnightly - Clinician Dr Roddy Rodriguez
Mondays – Clinician Dr Carl Berge

Dr Roddy Rodriguez is a local GP who is currently studying to become a GP with Special Interest in ENT and provides the very much needed new service of Ear Microsuction for the patients of Uttlesford who cannot tolerate Ear Irrigation.

Roddy qualified as a GP in 2015, and as well as his interest in ENT which he developed whilst working at Southend Hospital, he is an associate GP trainer.

Conditions Covered

Earwax totally occluding the ear canal and any of the following are present:

  • Hearing loss
  • Earache
  • Tinnitus

The tympanic membrane is obscured by wax but needs to be viewed to establish a diagnosis.

Hearing aid wearers, if wax is present and an impression needs to be taken of the ear canal for a mould, or if wax is causing the hearing aid to whistle.

Ear drops have been unsuccessful and irrigation is contraindicated.

Significant symptoms due to ear wax build up including hearing loss or pain

Previous complications following ear irrigation including perforation of the ear drum, severe pain, deafness, or vertigo.

A recent history of Otalgia and / or middle ear infection (in the past 6 weeks.)

A past history of ear surgery.

Conditions Not Covered

Patients under the age of 16.

Foreign body in ear.

Patients with suspected cancer.

Suspected cancer of the ear.