Earache (children) advice and NHS-funded* treatment service in Brighton

Those aged 1 to 17 years old can access advice and treatment for middle ear infections (acute otitis media) through the Pharmacy First Service.

Earache Treatment in Brighton

Leybourne Pharmacy, 9 Leybourne Parade, Lower Bevendean Brighton BN2 4LW

Advice and treatment service for earache (children) in Brighton

Are you suffering from symptoms of middle ear infection? We offer 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.  Book your appointment 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.

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 middle ear infection (Acute Otitis Media)?

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

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

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

Which treatment options are available for earache through the Pharmacy First Service?

A pharmacist will assess your symptoms during a consultation. If it is clinically appropriate and you are eligible through the NHS Pharmacy First service, treatment may be offered to you for the middle ear infection. The available treatment options include:
Ear drops – for symptomatic relief of acute otitis media.
Antibiotic tablets/capsules/Oral Solution – for the treatment of acute otitis media

*If you are issued a prescription medicine, you will pay the standard NHS prescription charge unless you’re eligible for free prescriptions.

If you are not eligible for treatment through the Pharmacy First Service or the available treatments are unsuitable for you, the pharmacist may recommend an alternative treatment option or sign-post you to another service.

Want to learn more about ear infections? Visit the NHS.uk webpage for up-to-date advice and information on ear infections.

Advice and treatment for other common conditions in Brighton

The Pharmacy First Service is an NHS service designed to offer free advice and treatments to eligible patients for seven common conditions including Earache. Patients can access this service at Leybourne Pharmacy in Brighton. The additional six conditions covered by this service are: