Ear, Nose and Throat Community Clinic
Please call 01273 557411 (Option 5) between 9-1 Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Outside these hours please call 01273 557411 and the reception team can transfer you to be able leave a message on the answerphone
The SMC Community ENT (ear, nose and throat) clinic is an NHS service currently running at Stanford Medical Centre. It provides access to a limited number of specialist treatments that traditionally would have been seen in a hospital setting. It is staffed by ENT Hospital Specialists and General Practitioners with a Special Interest in ENT (GPwSI’s) for those living in Brighton & Hove and also Lewes and High Weald areas.
The service provides access to ear micro suction, treatment for recurrent nose bleeds and assessment of patients with recurrent tonsillitis. Thresholds for referral to the Community ENT clinic and standards of care provided are the same as Hospital ENT clinics. Patients must be referred to the Community ENT clinic by their GP’s or hospital colleagues.
Microsuction involves a microscope and small suction machine to remove debris from the ear canal. This debris can block the ear (making it difficult to hear) or may become infected. In some patients washing out the ears (syringing) is not appropriate and therefore microsuction is an alternative treatment. The procedure is noisy and can occasionally cause some mild discomfort, but is a safe procedure which helps to remove wax blockages and can treat infections. More severe or recurrent ear infections will often benefit from microsuction to remove the infected debris.
Recurrent nosebleeds are treated at the clinic by simple chemical cauterisation of the bleeding point. This procedure can be uncomfortable so prior to the cauterisation local anaesthetic is often applied to the area. Cautery is usually a very quick procedure and it usually stops (or reduces the severity) of recurrent nosebleeds.
If you are unable to keep your appointment please let us know as soon as possible so that the appointment can be offered to some one else.