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Where to get stitches removed away from where I live

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ncdforthis Fri 17-May-19 19:51:18

I'm still n'cd for a thread on divorce but long time MNetter and very grateful for advice from anyone who has needed stitches removed in an area they don't live in or is a medical professional.

I've just had my earlobes stitched up (due to tearing) and I need to have the stitches removed in a week.

I'm going to be at my parents' house, where I don't have a Gp and the doctor who did this procedure would be hours away.

Can anyone tell me where I can go/what kind of place to go to, in order to get the stitches removed? The doctor who did the procedure said I shouldn't leave it two weeks until I can come back and see him so I need to have it done next week.

Thank you in advance

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Aquamarine1029 Fri 17-May-19 19:56:05

Remove them yourself. Honestly, it's simple. Just make sure to steralise the area and whatever tools you use. I've done it several times.

ncdforthis Fri 17-May-19 20:35:52

Thank you - I would do and have done before with other things, but I'm not sure this time because I can't see the back of my ears 😳

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shuthefrontdoor Fri 17-May-19 20:38:07

Could you register as a temporary resident at a GP practice near your parents house? Failing that a walk in centre? X

SimonJT Fri 17-May-19 20:38:41

I would do it myself or get a friend to help, not advisable but I removed my stitches from appendix removal as i was on holiday and didn’t want to faff about wasting a day.

MrsDrudge Fri 17-May-19 20:43:37

You can register as a temporary resident with your nearest GP surgery and book an appointment with a nurse to remove them.

Dyrne Fri 17-May-19 20:43:49

Ok I would seriously look into either attending a walk in clinic if there is one nearby; or registering as a temporary patient with your parents’ GP.

Doing it yourself is way, way down on the list of things I would recommend hmm

Aquamarine1029 Fri 17-May-19 20:59:09

Couldn't your parents help?

gingajewel Fri 17-May-19 22:36:22

Our local walk in centre will take our stitches.

HelpAFattieOutHere Fri 17-May-19 22:40:12

How long are you away for? Depending on length of time it may be able to wait until you get back.

kateclarke Fri 17-May-19 22:45:18

It’s not ideal to remove them yourself, especially when you can’t see.

A nurse will do it as a sterile procedure and make sure that the dirty part of the stitches are not removed by pulling them through your skin and underlying tissue.

Go to a walk in centre or minor treatment unit.

AuntieStella Sun 19-May-19 15:03:59

Have your parents enquire of the practice nurses at their GP. They can do you as a temporary resident (as long as they can fit you in).

Otherwise a walk-in centre.

BrokenWing Sun 19-May-19 15:20:21

Don't do it yourself, when drs/nurses remove stitches they are also checking for any signs of infection and that the wound is closing ok.

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