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Southern DHB Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) - Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Services

Public Service, ENT/ Head & Neck Surgery


Dunedin Hospital

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.


The Department of Otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) treats adult and paediatric patients in the areas of general otolaryngology, neurotology, facial neuropathy, rhinology, facial plastic surgery, vocal health, speech pathology and audiology. The Department provides the most up-to-date methods of diagnosing, treating and rehabilitating patients with diseases of the head and neck.

Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery is the branch of medicine that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck

If you have an urgent problem requiring immediate assessment, you will be referred to Dunedin Hospital.

Outpatient clinics are delivered at Dunedin, Southland and Ōamaru hospitals.


Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

  • Mr Patrick Dawes

    ORL Surgeon

    Available at Dunedin Hospital

  • Mr Martyn Fields

    ORL Surgeon - Clinical Lead

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Mr Paul Joice

    ORL Surgeon

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Mr Matthew Leaper

    ORL Surgeon

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Miss Juliet Meldrum

    ORL Surgeon

    Available at all locations.

  • Dr Mohammed Radwan

    ORL Surgeon

    Available at Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Mr Jeffrey Robinson

    ORL Surgeon

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Mr Dean Ruske

    ORL Surgeon

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Mr Jamie Ryan

    ORL Surgeon

    Available at Dunedin Hospital, Ōamaru Hospital


Dunedin Hospital

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Public Holidays: Closed Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Otago Anniversary (21 Mar), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun), Labour Day (24 Oct).

Procedures / Treatments / Common Conditions

  • Otology (Ear) Tests

    Audiometry is the electronic testing of hearing ability.  You will sit in a special room wearing earphones and be asked to respond when you hear a noise through the earphones.  These tests can measure your hearing levels as well as other aspects of hearing such as the ability to recognise… 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Acoustic Neuroma

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

  • Meniere's Disease

    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

  • 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

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

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

  • Rhinitis

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

  • Tonsillitis

    Your tonsils are the oval-shaped lumps of tissue that lie on both sides of the back of the throat.… 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

  • 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

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 5:11AM on December 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Southern DHB Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) - Otorhinolaryngology (ORL) Services.