Ear, nose and throat

What are ear, nose and throat problems?

Ear, nose and throat (ENT) is the branch of medicine and surgery that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck. Doctors specialising in ENT often treat children with persistent ear infections, hearing problems, cleft lip and other congenital abnormalities.

You can find more information about ear, nose and throat problems in childhood in our fact sheets.

How do we help children who have ear, nose and throat problems?

The Sydney Children's Hospitals Network's Ear, Nose and Throat services (ENT) aim to provide excellent treatments for ear, nose and throat problems to the children of New South Wales (with the partial exception of the Newcastle area which is covered by John Hunter Hospital). 

The Network's hospitals provide the full range of tertiary ENT services, including cochlear implantation. This is undertaken by The Children's at Westmead in association with the Sydney Cochlear Implant Service. Sydney Children's Hospital works in association with the Shepherd Centre and its First Sounds Cochlear Implant Program.

The Children's Hospital at Westmead has a well balanced ENT Department with sub-specialisation in cochlear implantation and ear surgery and related middle and posterior cranial fossa surgery; rhinology and anterior skull base surgery; head and neck surgery and both open and endoscopic airway surgery.

The ENT Department at Sydney Children's Hospital provides a consultative, diagnostic and therapeutic service in ENT and head and neck surgery. The department also provides delivery of general ENT care for common high volume procedures such as adenotonsillectomy and grommet insertion to children in the general community who do not have access to private care.

See also: