Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) Surgery and Head and Neck Clinic

The Otolaryngology Unit services the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and provides secondary and tertiary referral services for the Metro North region as well as highly specialised services to other regions.

The Otolaryngology Unit consists of 23 Consultants, 3 training Registrars, 3 Fellows (Head and Neck, Rhinology, and Skull Base), 4 Principal House Officers, and 2 Resident Medical Officers.

The department provides multidisciplinary involvement in management of inpatient services and outpatient services for both elective and emergency patients. A Case Manager coordinates elective and trauma surgery cases with multidisciplinary and multi-specialty involvement. In addition the department is actively involved with Rhinology based clinical trials as well as Head and Neck and Skull Base research.

Our services

Ear

  • Ear drum perforation
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness & Vertigo
  • Hearing loss
  • Cochlear Implant

Nose

  • Acute Nasal fractures
  • Rhino sinusitis (Acute)
  • Rhino sinusitis (Chronic/Recurrent)
  • Allergic rhinitis/ Nasal Congestion/ Nasal Obstruction
  • Recurrent epistaxis

Throat

  • Tonsillitis
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
  • Swallow
  • Voice
  • Saliva Gland Stone

Head and Neck

  • Head & Neck Cancer
  • Thyroid Conditions
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Salivary Gland Tumours

How to access this service

To access this service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital.

If there is a waiting list, you will receive a confirmation letter and be advised on what to do next. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your appointment.

Refer a patient

GP and Specialist Hotline:
1300 364 938

After your hospital appointment

Your doctor may advise that you require surgery. If this is the case you will be placed on a surgical waiting list and may need to attend the Pre-admission Clinic before your surgery.

What to bring

Each time you visit us
  • Your Medicare card
  • Private health insurance card (if you have one)
  • Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
  • Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
  • Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
  • Glasses, hearing and mobility aids
  • Your appointment letter
  • Any special items listed on your letter
  • WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
  • Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
  • Something to read or do while you wait
  • An adult carer to support you and take you home
  • Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney (if you have one)
  • A jacket or cardigan in case you get cold
  • A dressing gown or cardigan, sleepwear or comfortable day clothes
  • Slippers and shoes (low heel, closed-in, non-slip, adjustable and firm fitting around the foot)
  • Your toiletries and personal items
  • Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney if you have one
  • Something to read or do during your stay
  • A smart phone, tablet or laptop, connecting earphones and chargers so you can connect to the free MetroNorth-PatientWiFi and access entertainment. Televisions may not be available for use.
  • Medical devices required for your care (e.g. CPAP machine)
  • Do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you

What to expect

Patients attending the ENT clinic appointment may wait between 15 minutes and 1 hour, depending on the condition and treatment. Head and neck patients living outside the metropolitan area can expect to spend half a day in the clinic as we try to coordinate all the necessary investigations in one trip.

Clinics

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Contact us

ENT Outpatient Clinic
Location: Level 8, Ned Hanlon Building
Phone: (07) 3497 3588
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm

Head and Neck Outpatient Clinic
Location: Level 4, Joyce Tweddell Building
Phone: (07) 3646 7751
Fax: (07) 3646 4221
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm

Need help outside hours?

For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.

In an emergency call 000.

Refer a patient

To refer a patient to this service, view the Ear, nose throat referral guideline and Cochlear implant candidacy criteria

GP and Specialist Referral Hotline:
1300 364 938