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Capital & Coast DHB Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Services

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Description

Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (ENT) is also known as Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  This area of medicine is concerned with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and internal organs of the head and neck.

ENT Surgeons (or otorhinolaryngologists) are specialist doctors who deal with medical and surgical treatment of conditions of the ears, nose, throat and structures of the head and neck.

Capital & Coast DHB (CCDHB) ENT Services

ENT provides an inpatient and outpatient service for the greater Wellington region.

The main department and inpatient beds are based at Wellington Hospital (click here for a map) and outpatient clinics are performed at Wellington and Kenepuru Hospitals. All outpatient clinics are currently carried out in conjunction with Audiology facilities so a comprehensive hearing assessment and rehabilitation can be provided.

Outpatients

ENT's outpatient clinics provide a referral basis from GPs and other DHBs and a 24-hour acute service through the emergency department (ED). Treatment is free for all eligible patients.


Normal clinic hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 4.30pm (excluding public holidays).

Inpatients
ENT's inpatient beds are used for elective overnight stay surgery and acute admissions, where required. A large proportion of surgery is carried out on a day basis.

Consultants

Hours

Normal clinic hours:
Monday - Friday 8am to 4.30pm (excluding public holidays).

Referral Expectations

Most of our patients are referred to us by a GP, another hospital department, or another DHB. Referrals are prioritised by a senior medical officer so that more urgent problems are seen most quickly.

Clinics are conducted by senior specialists, registrars in training and for some conditions an ENT Clinical Nurse specialist.

Hearing and hearing aid related referrals may be seen initially by an audiologist.

Procedures / Treatments / Common Conditions

  • Acute Vertigo (also known as Meniere's)

    Acute Vertigo or Meniere's disease is a disorder in which there is an abnormality in the fluids of the inner ear resulting in increased pressure in the inner ear.… More PDF

  • Adult Tracheostomy Care - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Acoustic Neuroma

    This is a very rare, slow-growing, benign (non-cancerous) overgrowth of tissue on the nerves that affect your hearing and balance.… More PDF

  • Earache - Ministry of Health Brochure

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  • Ear Surgery - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Epiglottitis - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Epistaxis (Nosebleed) - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Glandular Fever - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Glue Ear - Ministry of Health Brochure

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  • Grommets - Parent / Caregiver Discharge Information

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  • Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss can be divided into two types: conductive hearing loss (caused by some sort of mechanical problem in the external or middle ear) or sensorineural hearing loss (caused by disorders of the inner ear, hearing nerve or associated brain structures).… More

  • Hoarseness

    Hoarseness can be described as abnormal voice changes that make your voice sound raspy and strained and higher or lower or louder or quieter than normal.… More

  • Laryngectomy - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Neck Surgery - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Nose and/or Sinus Surgery - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

    When snoring is interrupted by episodes of totally obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnoea.… More

  • Otitis Media

    This is inflammation or infection of your middle ear (the space behind your eardrum) and is often associated with a build-up of fluid in your middle ear.… More

  • Otology (Ear) Tests

    Audiometry is the electronic testing of hearing ability. This can be done at any age (even in newborn babies) and is especially important in children if there is any suspicion of impaired hearing.… More

  • Otosclerosis

    When the growth of one of the tiny bones in your middle ear, the stapes, changes from hard to soft and spongy, it leads to the condition called otosclerosis.… More

  • Quinsy - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Rhinitis

    Rhinitis is the inflammation of the lining of the nose (nasal mucosa).… More

  • Sinusitis

    In the facial bones surrounding your nose, there are four pairs of hollow air spaces known as sinuses or sinus cavities.… More

  • Snoring

    Snoring is the harsh rattling noise made by some people when they sleep.… More

  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

    If you find it difficult to pass food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach, you may have a swallowing disorder or dysphagia.… More

  • Throat and/or Oral Surgery - Patient Discharge Information

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  • Tonsillitis

    Your tonsils are the oval-shaped collections of lymphatic tissue (similar tissue to lymph nodes) that lie on both sides of the back of the throat.… More PDF

  • Tracheostomy

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Contact Details


Wellington Hospital:

General Enquiries: (04) 385 5999
Patient Enquiries: (04) 385 5947, (04) 385 5948 or (04) 385 5949

Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatients
Level 2
Main Outpatients
Wellington Hospital
Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington 6021

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Ear, Nose and Throat Outpatients
Level 2
Main Outpatients
Wellington Hospital
Riddiford Street
Newtown
Wellington 6021

Postal Address

Wellington Hospital
Private Bag 7902
Wellington South

This page was last updated at 11:27AM on September 5, 2016. This information is reviewed and edited by Capital & Coast DHB Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) Services.