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Nurse-led ear clinics improve auditory services in the community

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The trust in Birmingham has launched a nurse-led clinic intended to transform auditory services in the community.

Sandwell and Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust yesterday launched two new Ear Care Community Clinics, which will be run by specialist nurses and are intended to offer more accessible services for patients away from a hospital environment.

The clinics will be piloted for six months. They are designed to treat ENT patients with conditions which cannot be treated in GP surgeries, such as chronic external ear infections, outside of the traditional hospital setting.

‘The new clinics will be better for patients as they are able to access a service closer to home and be seen sooner,’ said Martin Whitehouse, one of the specialist nurses running the clinics.

Currently, the service will be offered in Aston Health Centre on Monday afternoons and Rowley Regis Hospital on Friday afternoons, but will be rolled out to other locations should the initiative prove successful.

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