What is foreign body removal?
Toddlers and children are the most likely suspects when it comes to swallowing things they should not. Also, this applies to putting small objects up a nose or down an ear.
However, accidents happen and adults can inhale or consume things they shouldn’t too!
Common foreign bodies needing removal at East Care, objects we see often include:
- peas, corn kernals
- beads or buttons
- small toys
Swallowing or lodging a button, battery or a magnet is a medical emergency, call 111
When to get a foreign body removed at urgent care
Treatment for a foreign object is stuck in an ear:
For foreign body removal from ears, you do need to come to see a GP. Whilst most items can be easily removed with medical tweezers, someone trained to do this will not damage the ear canal. Leaving a foreign body in an ear can lead to infection. Also, if the GP can’t remove the item, they will refer you to get the ear suctioned. Alternatively, we can refer you to an ENT Specialist.
Treatment for a foreign object lodged in the nose:
From popcorn kernels to plants and insects – we’ve seen it all.
If a foreign object is lodged in an eye:
Did you know the most common items to get stuck in ears are cotton buds?
Treatment for a foreign object that has been swallowed:
Fortunately, small objects generally will pass through the digestive system. However, see our guide on what to do if someone has swallowed an object.
Symptoms your child might have swallowed an object (foreign body)
Babies and toddlers can’t tell us if they have eaten something they shouldn’t have. And for those that are already verbal sometimes they don’t want to tell us if they have put something into an ear or a nose.
Watch out the following symptoms that tamariki might need help.
Signs your child might have swallowed a foreign object:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dribbling or drooling
- Pain in the chest or neck (which they might be rubbing)
- Tummy pains
- Call an ambulance immediately if they are having trouble breathing, including wheezing
Signs your child might have a foreign body object stuck in their ear or nose:
- Rubbing or pulling on the ear
- More irritable than normal
- Talking louder than normal or not hearing
- Redness or swelling
- Difficulty breathing
- A nose bleed
- Runny nose or discharge
Complementary onsite services
At our Botany Road premises, we offer a number of onsite services including a Pharmacy and Radiology to ensure your visit to the Centre is as stress free as possible.
Health care professionals providing advance care plans
Frequently asked questions
To join our clinic, you first need to fill out the patient enrolment forms to register with the PHO that we belong to. This is a Ministry of Health requirement. You will need to provide proof of identity and eligibility which may include the following forms of identification:
- NZ Passport or NZ birth certificate
- International passport with resident visa OR work visa of minimum 24-month duration
On the enrolment form you need to indicate which of our doctors (currently taking new patients) that you would like to be registered with.
Yes. As part of completing your enrollment, we request that you have a new patient screening appointment with one of our Nursing or Medical Centre Assistant team members.
This new patient appointment enables our team to work with you to better understand your current health and wellbeing.
Following the new patient appointment as above, you can book your first consultation with your nominated doctor.
The length of your first appointment with your new doctor will be as follows:
* Note: if you have a chronic condition, please make a booking for 30 minutes.
Payment is required at the time of consultation
You will get full access to the patient portal “My Indici” once you have completed your screening appointment.
Payment is required at time of consultation. Please note that unpaid accounts will incur an additional $10 monthly administration cost.
There may be additional costs for treatments/tests/materials
We recommend that you book your future appointments via your patient portal My Indici.
If you need an urgent appointment, then please phone the clinic. We have doctors available to discuss your urgent health needs on the day.
All consultations are by appointment only.
14-17 years $14
18+ years $16
Urgent prescription $27.50
We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm.
For health services after hours visit East Care Accident & Medical, 260 Botany Road, Golflands, Auckland 2013. Their phone is 09 277 1516.
These are consultation prices only.
Under 14 Years - Free 14 - 17 years - $14 18 years & over - $16
Note charge is the same for in person or by phone or video as you are still receiving the same high quality health provider assessment, diagnosis and planning.