Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) service at NDDH

There are several ENT clinics held at North Devon District Hospital each week, some of these clinics are specialist clinics such as Head and Neck and Rhinology.

The clinics are supported by visiting Consultants from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

Examples of the types of conditions/treatments that the department offers are listed below:

Tonsillitis, quinsy, nasal polyps, epistaxis, nasal fracture, nasal deviations, allergic rhinitis, anosmia, snoring, post nasal drip, sinusitis, nasal discharge, head and neck lumps, thyroid lumps, neck pain, globus, hoarse voice, dysphasia, swallowing difficulty, cysts, glands in neck, foreign bodies, otitis externa, perforations, cholesteatoma, eustachian tube dysfunction, pulsatile tinnitus, mastoiditis, exostosis, glue ear (OME), complex balance dizziness .

Please go here for patient information about these conditions/treatments.

The following services are currently being provided at NDDH:

  • Emergency department services for patients with urgent acute problems
  • Routine and urgent, new outpatient and follow up appointments for ENT patients.

Extended Audiology services, including:

  • Hearing tests & hearing aid support
  • Screening services
  • Assessment & investigation of some ENT conditions (such as non-pulsatile tinnitus and dizziness/balance problems)

Clinical nurse specialist appointments, including:

Clinical Nurse Specialist Head and Neck – Some head & neck cancer follow up appointments

Clinical Nurse Specialists  – Micro-suction and Aural Care

  • Those patients where GP treatment is difficult – narrow canals, children without grommets, dry perforations, patients with learning difficulties but no ear complications, ‘simple’ mastoid cavities, patients with foreign bodies in the ear
  • When an ENT surgical clinic is running at the same time, clinical nurse specialists will also see  patients with ‘wet’ ears requiring regular cleaning, patients with chronic infections, patients with grommets, ‘unstable’ mastoid cavities, otitis externa

Radiology for ENT patients, including cancer patients

Speech & language therapy


Services provided at the RD&E

Since 1 February 2016, there have been no inpatient ENT facilities at NDDH.  The RD&E provide:

  • All on-call emergency ENT services (as was previously the case at weekends).
    • Detailed plans have been developed to ensure safe transfer of emergency patients to the RD&E.
  • Appointments for patients referred with suspected cancer, who need to be seen within two weeks.
  • Head and neck surgery.
  • Day case surgery – inpatient operations.

Last updated: December 1, 2017