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A tiny tube inserted into the ear following a procedure for 'glue ear' which allows air to flow freely.  Usually drop out of own accord 9-12 months after the procedure.

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Ear Nose & Throat Service (ENT)

Children's ENT Service

We recognise that Children’s Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) needs often differ from adults’, so we’ve established a dedicated ENT service and ward specifically for younger patients, from newborn to 16 years old.

This means that our highly skilled surgeons are not only experts in treating children’s ENT problems, but they also understand the worries that children and their parents often have.

Making hospital less daunting

Our ENT service includes a pre-admission assessment service to help young surgery patients understand more about their stay and make their time in hospital less daunting.

Our paediatric nurse practitioner and staff nurse assess a child’s fitness for surgery. We also have play specialists who use play and games to help younger children understand why they are in hospital.


Conditions we treat

We deliver a full range of services to treat common childhood ENT complaints such as:

  • persistently runny or blocked noses
  • breathing problems
  • throat infections
  • nasal speech
  • snoring.

These are often caused by recurrent infections, such as colds, adenoidal problems, an allergic lining of the nose (called rhinitis), or allergies such as hayfever.

Children also commonly suffer from airway and food passage problems, and our team provides a range of treatments for these, whether it's persistent hoarseness, coughing and drooling, or just inquisitive toddlers getting things stuck up their nose!

The Paediatric Nurse Practitioner also delivers treatment to children in the ENT Outpatients department, which includes:

  • dewaxing of ears
  • nasal cautery
  • assessing sore throats for a routine tonsillectomy.

Hearing problems

For hearing problems, our paediatric audiology service provides hearing assessments for children, including those with multiple disabilities or at risk of permanent hearing loss.

Our expert clinicians also deliver more specialised treatment for less common conditions such as neck tumours, and sinus and neck infections. They are also often asked to use their expertise in the treatment of other illnesses that have an impact on ENT conditions. 

More information

For more information about Children's ENT, please contact: 

  • Sister S Bradley, Paediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • tel: 0191 244 8758
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