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Ear, nose & throat (ENT) surgery

Expert assessment and treatment for Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) conditions

At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr, our skilled and experienced Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeons provide you with fast access to assessments, specialist opinions and treatments for a broad range of ear, nose and throat conditions.

Many symptoms can be treated within the clinic at your first consultation, such as ear syringing to remove ear wax. Should treatment consist of surgery that requires a general anaesthetic, such as removing tonsils (tonsillectomy) or straightening your septum (septoplasty), we would perform these at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow.

Ear, nose and throat conditions can be excruciating and often have a considerable impact on daily life. You don’t have to wait long to see a specialist at Carrick Glen Hospital, as appointments are usually available within several days.

The hospital is centrally located and serves Ayrshire and the surrounding areas, including Dumfries and Galloway.

A Consultant ENT Surgeon (also known as an Otolaryngologist or Otorhinolaryngologist) can diagnose, evaluate, manage, and treat disorders of the head and neck. They often have sub-specialist interest in nasal sinus disease surgery, nose operations to improve breathing function and shape, and facial skin cancer.

The most common conditions that our ENT surgeons see are:

  • Sinusitis – an infection of the mucous membranes, causing pain, a blocked nose, discharge, reduced sense of smell and mucus at the back of your throat.

  • Tonsillitis – recurrent infections of the tonsils, causing high temperatures, coughing, headache, earache, and swollen lymph glands in the neck.

  • Ear wax build-up – causing symptoms such as earache, itchiness, or difficulty hearing.

  • Glue ear – fluid collects behind the eardrum, causing infections, deafness, or earache.

  • Deviated septum – causing nosebleeds, blocked nose, and facial pain.

BMI Carrick Glen Hospital is an outpatient and minor procedure facility. Our Consultant ENT Surgeons can clinically diagnose and investigate all ear, nose and throat diseases and carry out treatment onsite if the procedure is done under local anaesthetic.

More complicated procedures, including those requiring general anaesthetic, will be performed at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. The same Consultant ENT Surgeon that you saw at Carrick Glen Hospital will carry out the surgery.

Treatments we offer include:

  • Septoplasty – to clinically improve the shape and function of the nose
  • Removal of nasal polyps
  • Tonsillectomy – removal of tonsils
  • Adenoidectomy – removal of adenoids
  • Otoplasty – ear reshaping surgery
  • Insertion of grommets – to treat glue ear
  • Management of snoring and sleep apnoea
  • Investigation and treatment of lumps in the neck and throat
  • Corrections of scars
  • Nose reconstruction after trauma
  • Investigation and treatment of skin cancer
  • Endoscopic nasal surgery (balloon sinuplasty)
  • Treatment of ear infections
  • Management of hearing loss
  • Skin allergy blood tests

GPs and other consultants, such as respiratory and gastrointestinal (digestive) tract specialists, can refer you to ENT services at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital. Our ear, nose and throat surgeons also accept patients wishing to self-refer.

On the day of your initial consultation, you’ll arrive at the hospital and check in with our friendly reception team. You won’t have to wait long before your Consultant ENT Surgeon comes to greet you and show you into our private ENT consulting room.

Your consultant will make you feel comfortable before going through the history of your complaint, your symptoms, any medication you’re taking and any previous treatments you have tried.

Your consultant will likely do a physical examination. They may feel areas of your neck, jaw, ears, and they may look inside your mouth and ears.

Depending on your symptoms, your consultant may use various flexible fibre-optic scopes, such as a painless nasal endoscope to look inside your nose and your throat or an otoscope/auriscope to inspect your eardrum. They may also perform a hearing (audiology) test during your consultation.

Your consultant may advise further diagnostic tests such as an x-ray. An x-ray can be done at the same time as your initial appointment or can be arranged at a later date, should you prefer. X-rays are helpful if your consultant suspects that sinusitis has spread.

If blood tests are required, one of our nurses can do this after your consultation. Blood tests can determine viral infections and allergies.

Another diagnostic test is a computerised tomography (CT) scan for frequent sinusitis, nasal obstructions or polyps, and anything to do with ear pain and lumps on the neck. Your consultant may advise a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan should they suspect one-sided hearing loss or tinnitus. CT and MRI scans are done at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow, and the hospital will be in touch with you to arrange a suitable date and time once your consultant has referred you.

Our ENT consultants can treat infections and allergies with nasal sprays, creams, ear drops, and antibiotics at the hospital. They can also treat ear-wax build-up using a painless ear suction procedure that applies micro-suction to remove wax from the ear or use suction to treat discharge in the ear.

If you decide to proceed with surgery, your ENT consultant performs operations at BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. One of the most common surgeries is endoscopic sinus surgery to widen the nasal passage and prevent mucus from being trapped, causing sinusitis. The procedure is done through your nose, avoiding facial scarring. The operation lasts for an hour or two and takes place under general anaesthetic.

Your ENT consultant may recommend a tonsillectomy to remove the tonsils and prevent further infections. The surgery takes 30 minutes and is performed under general anaesthetic.

Another common procedure performed is a septoplasty – a nose operation to straighten the bone and cartilage dividing the nostrils (septum). When the septum becomes off-centre (deviated), it can cause a blocked nose, frequent nosebleeds, and facial pain. Surgery straightens the septum and has a high success rate in treating the condition.

If you’re suffering from fluid build-up in the ear, your consultant may advise a grommet insertion. During the procedure, they insert a small plastic or metal tube called a grommet in your ear to allow air to enter and prevent fluid from collecting behind the eardrum.

After any treatment at Ross Hall Hospital, you’ll return to BMI Carrick Glen Hospital for post-surgery wound checks and follow-up appointments.

You should consult an ENT consultant surgeon if you are suffering from persistent pain in your ears, nose and throat, having problems sleeping, or are worrying about a lump in your throat or neck.

Many conditions and disorders in ENT are interconnected. You’ll want diagnosis and treatment from an expert as soon as possible so you can get on the road to recovery fast.

At BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, you can see a highly skilled ENT consultant with years of experience at a date and time that suit you.


  • We offer an extensive range of services for treating most ear, nose and throat-related conditions.

  • Appointments with our specialist ENT consultants can be available within 48hrs.

  • The hospital is conveniently located in Ayr and easy to access off the A713.

  • Throughout your journey, we offer consultant-led care – the same consultant you saw at Carrick Glen Hospital will carry out your surgery at BMI Ross Hall Hospital.

  • The hospital serves a large region of Scotland’s southwest, including all of Ayrshire and further afield to areas like Dumfries and Galloway.

Specialists offering Ear, nose & throat (ENT) surgery

Mr Saghir Sheikh

Consultant ENT Surgeon


BMI Ross Hall Hospital 2 more BMI Carrick Glen Hospital Ross Hall Clinic Braehead

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