Ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgery
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The ENT department at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves the population of south-west London and surrounding boroughs, and is one of the largest ENT departments in the UK. It is the regional tertiary referral centre for specialist ENT surgery. We aim to provide world-class care for patients with both common and complex ENT conditions. The surgical team works closely in partnership with other healthcare professionals. The department offers a comprehensive range of elective (non-emergency) ENT and head and neck services, including the treatment of ENT emergencies.
The ENT department comprises seventeen Consultant Surgeons, four senior surgical Fellows, six Specialty Registrars and other doctors in training. It is the hub of a network of local NHS Trusts: our team works within and alongside the ENT departments at Kingston, St Helier, Epsom and Croydon University hospitals. Patients from these hospitals may come to St George’s for more complex surgery. The ENT department also provides emergency cover to the region.
ENT surgery encompasses disorders of the ears, nose (including sinuses), throat, airway, and cancers of the head and neck region. Services are provided for adults and children on an inpatient or day-case basis. A list of the sub-specialty services provided at St. George’s and of our Consultant team is below.
St George’s University Hospital
Central Booking Service & Follow-Up Call Centre: 020 8725 0007
Switchboard 020 8672 1255
Queen Mary’s Hospital
Outpatients main number 020 8487 6000
Patient information and useful links
Patient information documents about ENT operations and common ENT conditions, as well as links to other helpful organisations, can be found here.
Queen Mary’s ENT department is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning
Head and neck surgery: Treatment of benign and malignant tumours of the entire head and neck region (except the brain) and salivary gland disorders. The well-established unit provides services to St George’s patients as well as providing a tertiary service to other hospitals across south-west London. Treatments include major head and neck resection and reconstruction, and transoral robotic surgery for tonsil and tongue base tumours. The unit is one of the busiest in the UK, supported by a strong multi-disciplinary team comprised of four ENT surgeons, three maxillofacial surgeons and one plastic surgeon, two clinical nurse specialists, a large pathology team, one consultant radiologist, three oncologists, three speech and language therapists, one dietician and one multi-disciplinary team coordinator.
Otology: Treatment of ear problems such as hearing loss, dizziness, chronic ear infections, perforated eardrums and mastoid infection. The department is a regional centre for cochlear implantation and bone-anchored hearing aid implantation.
Rhinology: Treatment of problems with the nose and sinuses, including chronic rhinosinusitis, nasal polyps, allergies and other disorders causing congestion and runny noses. Also includes disorders of olfaction (sense of smell).
Facial plastic surgery: The management of facial trauma, facial deformity and complex functional nasal problems, including septorhinoplasty and otoplasty. The department collaborates closely with colleagues in the maxillofacial and oculoplastic surgical teams.
Paediatric (children’s) ENT: The management of common paediatric ENT conditions including tonsils, adenoids and grommet surgery, as well as management of more complex problems such as airway difficulties and tumours of the head and neck.
Skull base surgery: Specialised surgeons from the rhinology and otology department work alongside colleagues in the neurosurgical department in the treatment of rarer tumours of the sinuses, skull base, temporal bone and pituitary gland.
Neuro-otology: The management of disorders of balance, hearing and the facial nerve. Otologists work in close collaboration with consultants in audiovestibular medicine (AVM).
Voice disorders: The management of complex voice disorders in collaboration with speech and language therapists, including the treatment of professional voice users.