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Expert assessment and treatment for Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) conditions
These conditions represent just a tiny sample of all the things that can go wrong with our ears and noses before we even think of looking at conditions that affect our throats.
However, the reason these three areas of our head have become a specialism in their own right in terms of all things medical is because of the close connections they share with each other.
The ear, nose, and throat departments of hospitals (abbreviated ENT) is one of the busiest departments when it comes to medical conditions, not least because perhaps the most common virus of all is the common cold.
Whilst the first port of call for most of us is our GP or NHS practice, if anything needs investigating further or is proving difficult to diagnose, it's likely your GP will refer you to a specialist.
That may be through the NHS, or if you have medical insurance or want to pay privately, you may well get referred to the ENT department at Werndale Hospital. In which case we will be in contact with you directly to arrange an appointment with one of our ENT specialists.
But you may also have been suffering for months (or even years) with an ear, nose, or throat condition and want to get it seen to as fast as possible, in which case we are more than happy to help too. You can find out more by calling Werndale Hospital on 01267 225600.
But if nothing is working and your sinusitis becomes chronic, then sometimes surgery can help.
The sinuses consist of small hollow areas in the front of your skull situated in the forehead, between the eyes, and in your cheeks.
The blockage of any of these areas can lead to many conditions including headaches, soreness, high temperature, blocked nose, and even bad breath. The causes can be viral, bacterial, fungal, or even physical so identifying the cause is not just part of the diagnosis, it also helps inform the best course of action to take to cure the problem.
Around 20% to 40% of people with polyps also suffer from asthma according to research carried out by ENT UK, a registered charity and membership organisation for ENT surgeons and related medical professionals.
Although polyps are often associated with allergies, the underlying cause is not known. The polyps contain inflammatory liquid and are more common in men. They tend to occur more in middle age than in later years, and are fairly rare in children.
They can also be the cause of a blocked nose or difficulty in breathing as the nasal passage becomes narrower, and the loss of smell, a runny nose, and sneezing are also signs that polyps may be present.
Damage to the nose through an accident or other trauma are of course also common causes of nosebleed, but these usually recover with very little intervention.
It can also cause nerve damage to the face, resulting in some paralysis, and can also cause infection to the brain due to its proximity to that organ.
For most tinnitus sufferers, it tends to come and go, and occurs more often in quieter locations. It can also disappear completely, without any medical intervention. However, if it starts to interfere with your lifestyle, your GP may refer you to a specialist.
Depending on how bad the tinnitus is or if it's associated with loss of hearing, surgery is a possibility. If you are suffering from tinnitus and want to find out more, please do contact the ENT department at Werndale to discuss how we can help.
Another, but much rarer condition of the ear is otosclerosis. This can cause hearing loss and is thought to be at least partially hereditary. It can take years to develop and sometimes causes tinnitus as the hearing fails.
Should you be referred by your GP to Werndale Hospital for further investigation of otosclerosis, surgery may be an option, although for many a hearing aid is all that is needed.
Neck lumps can also be caused by conditions such as salivary gland stones or other benign lumps within the same glands. The ENT department at Werndale specialises in offering management of all neck lumps with a multidisciplinary team ready at hand should it be necessary.
If you have moles on your skin, it's important to keep an eye on them for any changes to their size or shape. Moles that do change shape or size, especially if they start to bleed is a strong signal of melanoma (a type of skin cancer).
Another common type of cancer that can be found on the face and neck (as well as other sun exposed parts of the body) is basal cell carcinoma. This varies greatly in appearance from person to person, from darker coloured flat shapes to small shiny lumps.
After your initial consultation, our specialists will give you all the options you have including any risks so you can make an informed decision on what to do next.
Should you require an operation at Werndale Hospital that requires an overnight or longer stay, you will have complete privacy in one of our private rooms, each of which includes en-suite facilities as well as 24 hour medical supervision.
For most operations, you will usually be fit enough to return home the same day. If you have any concerns or worries, or would like to speak with us about an appointment or consultation, please call 01267 225600.
Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and six months of aftercare.
We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code.
Pay for yourself with monthly repayments spread over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)