The Primary Ear Care Centre is now part of Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, based in the new purpose-built Community Health Centre in the centre of town. There is a large car park for patients and easy access from the bus and rail stations and motorways. Our address and contact details are shown at the bottom of this page.
A team of 11 provides all the services, which include: ear care clinics in a variety of venues in the Rotherham area, training and education, research, advice and support for both patients and practitioners, health promotion and the sale of specialist ear care instruments.
Patients can be referred by other Healthcare professionals or they can refer themselves, by appointment, to any of our 16-20 weekly clinics. We offer a specialist ear care service, which includes microsuction.
A research project carried out by Sheffield University concluded that specialist nurse clinics can save costs by reducing GP time and prescribing costs and increase patient satisfaction.
The Primary Ear Care Centre amalgamated with Rotherham Foundation Trust's Audiology Department in April 2011 in order to provide a seamless service for patients. Some nurses are able to take mould impressions and to carry out simple repairs to hearing aids and some audiologists have been trained to remove wax. Clinics are organised so that patients can have their wax removed before an impression is taken - which prevents additional appointments and unnecessary journeys for patients.
The new team of 24 has integrated well and works closely and productively. New ways of working have been put into practice and have resulted in benefits for both patients and staff.