Earache (children) Service

Free* NHS Acute Otitis Media (middle ear infection) assessment and treatment service

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Earache (children) advice and treatment service

Are you suffering from symptoms of a middle ear infection? We offer a free advice and treatment service through the NHS Pharmacy First Service for those aged 1 to 17 years old, without the need to see your GP. Search for your local participating pharmacy and book online.

*The pharmacist will check your suitability and eligibility for the Free NHS Pharmacy First Service. In some cases, a treatment may not be required for your symptoms. Also, if the pharmacist finds that your symptoms suggest a more serious infection or condition, they may refer you to your GP or another service for further assessment and treatment. .

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Book Appointment

Once you have found the right clinic, simply book an appointment at a time that suits you.

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Attend the clinic at the booked time for advice and treatment of earache.

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What is Acute Otitis Media?

Otitis Media is an infection of the middle ear. It is associated with inflammation, redness and fluid buildup behind the eardrum.

Whilst anyone can develop acute otitis media, it is most common among children.

What are the signs and symptoms of Acute Otitis Media?

In acute otitis media, symptoms develop quickly and usually resolve within a few days. The symptoms include:

  • Earache
  • Fever (a high temperature)
  • Being sick
  • Lack of energy
  • Slight hearing loss due to the fluid buildup
  • Discharge running out of the ears
  • Feeling pressure or fullness inside the ear

It can be difficult for very young children to communicate their symptoms or source of discomfort. The signs and symptoms in young child who can’t communicate their symptoms verbally may include:

  • Pulling on the ears
  • Rubbing on the ears
  • Being irritable and restless
  • Not feeding as normal
  • Not responding to some sounds
  • Loss of balance

If your symptoms persist or you have severe symptoms then seek medical help. Through the NHS Pharmacy First Service, participating pharmacies can offer advice and treatment for acute otitis media to eligible patients.

What treatment options are available for Acute Otitis Media through the Pharmacy First Service?

A pharmacist will assess your symptoms during a consultation and if it is clinically appropriate and you are eligible through the NHS Pharmacy First service, a treatment may be offered to you for the middle ear infection. The available treatment options include:

What is the Pharmacy First Service?

The Pharmacy First Service is an NHS service designed to offer free advice and treatments to eligible patients for seven common conditions. Patients can access this service at participating pharmacies in England. The additional conditions covered by this service include:

Find your nearest pharmacy offering the Pharmacy First Service and book online.

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