Ear, Nose and Throat
If you have a problem with your ears, nose or throat your doctor may send you to see us at the Ear, Nose and Throat Department at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
An outpatient visit may be all that is needed as lots of ear, nose and throat conditions can be helped with medicines. However, if you need an operation we have very skilled doctors and nurses to make your stay in hospital as safe and enjoyable as possible.
We can help lots of problems including sore throats, poor hearing, lumps and bumps and some breathing difficulties. Here is some more information on our most common operations:
All children get sore throats occasionally. Years ago they had their tonsils removed. Doctors now realise that not all children need their tonsils out - but some still do. Children who get really bad sore throats time after time or who have trouble breathing in their sleep might have a tonsillectomy.
Most children with simple glue ear recover without needing surgery but if problems continue and the child is having problems with hearing, it may be necessary to have an operation to put grommets in the ears. These are tiny ventilation tubes inserted in the ear drums. The child can go home the same day.