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Ear, Nose and Throat

The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department diagnoses and treats diseases of the ear, nose, throat and the head and neck .

The department provides inpatient, outpatient treatment and emergency clinics for symptoms affecting the ear, nose or throat.

The department consists of consultants, associate and staff grade doctors, trainee doctors and specialist nurse.

The ENT department provides inpatient, outpatient treatment and emergency clinics for symptoms affecting the ear, nose or throat.

The ENT department treats a range of ear, nose and throat conditions, including:

  • Hearing disorders (both surgical and non-surgical treatments)
  • Acute & Chronic ear infections
  • Balance disorders
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Tear duct problems
  • Nasal trauma
  • External and internal deformity
  • Throat & Head and Neck Infections
  • Salivary gland diseases
  • Swallowing problems
  • Voice problems
  • Skin cancer
  • Neck lumps
  • Audiology services are also available and patients are entitled to detailed hearing and ear function assessments. Click here to find our more about our Audiology services.

Tongue -tie  (ankyloglossia) is where the strip of skin connecting the baby's tongue to the floor of their mouth is shorter than usual. Some babies who have tongue-tie don't seem to be bothered by it. In others, it can restrict the tongue's movement, making it harder to breastfeed.

Diagnosis and treatment on first visit.

See your health visitor, midwife or GP if you're concerned about your baby's feeding and think they may have tongue-tie.

Tongue-tie affects around 4-11% of newborn babies. (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tongue-tie/)

MDT clinic involving ENT- diagnose ears nose and throat conditions, Maxillofacial surgeon- diagnose mouth, jaw, face and neck conditions, Radiologist who perform imaging investigations to diagnose and pathologist to examine tissue samples to aid diagnosis.    

Many conditions can cause neck lumps, You may be worried that the cause is serious, so we aim to make the diagnosis as quickly as possible and, if you need it, start you on the correct treatment straight away.

Patients are referred in by GP.


Tests and investigations include:

• review and assessments by doctors and nurses

• fine needle aspiration (FNA) and biopsy

• x-rays

• ultrasound scan

• CT or MRI scan

• blood tests

• nasendoscopy.

The primary objective of our urgent referral clinic is to provide speedy access and effective care for all urgent ENT problems in adults and paediatric patients aged above 2 years old.

Patients can be referred by GP, A&E, Walk in centres and Urgent care.

Acute ENT conditions that require immediate attention.

  • Foreign body removal
  • Epistaxis
  • Acute  infections
  • Nasal fractures
  • Acute pain



The term Microsuction is used to describe a procedure carried out by our specialist nurses to remove wax, dead skin, foreign objects and even infection from your ears. We use a microscope to look into your ears and a very small suction tube to “hoover” out the debris.

It may be noisy and you may feel some strange sensations, there may be slight discomfort but if it is painful our specialist nurse will stop immediately. At the Hospital we preform Microsuction on hundreds of patients each year and many feel the benefits instantly.

There are lots of reasons why the specialist nurse may decide that Microsuction is the best course of treatment here are just a few:

•             If you have had problems with irrigation in the past

•             If there is evidence of a middle ear infection in the last six weeks

•             If you have undergone any form of ear surgery (apart from grommets at least 18 months ago)

•             If you have had a perforation or there is a history of a mucous discharge in the last year

•             If you have had cleft palate even if it has been repaired

•             If there is an ear canal infection which is painful or tender

•             If you have tinnitus. Very occasionally some people may find that their ears irrigated aggravates their tinnitus

•             If you have healed perforation the nurse may decide that Microsuction would be a better way to remove the debris

•             If you have problematic dizziness, Microsuction may be less invasive

Referral from GP, walk-in centre, A&E /urgent care


Patient who have a tracheostomy who need routine tracheostomy tube changes and provide education.

Referral by GP, district nurse or A&E.

When your GP refers you to the ENT department you will be asked to book a time on the Choose and Book system. We offer a variety of clinics throughout the week. When you come to clinic please bring your appointment card or letter with you as well as an up to date list of any medication you are taking.

You can view our Senior Doctor profiles for ENT here.

Warrington Hospital

The Nightingale Building (formerly known as Halton Hospital)