Ear, Nose & Throat

The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Unit is a sub regional department providing outpatient, inpatient and surgical ENT services for adults and paediatrics.  The department works closely with Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS), Audiology and Speech and Language services.


Inpatient and outpatient services are provided at Sunderland Royal Hospital. The inpatient ENT ward is shared with OMFS.  Other outpatient services are provided at surrounding districts of Durham, South Tyneside and  Gateshead.  Offsite evening clinics are offered to those patients living in the locality of Chester le Street and Peterlee.  Consultant led outpatient clinics are supported by nurse practitioner service.  The Niall Quinn centre is a dedicated department for paediatric outpatients.


Weekly multidisciplinary meetings are held for patients with head and neck cancers working in partnership with oncologists in Newcastle.  Head and Neck Cancer Services include reconstructive surgery, specialist nurse, dietetic and speech and language support. There are also specialist clinics for skull base tumours, thyroid conditions, bone anchored hearing aids and voice restoration.



The ENT team run the following clinics:

  • General otolaryngology
  • Specialist clinics in Head & Neck Oncology
  • Paediatric ENT
  • Voice,
  • Imbalance
  • Neurolaryngology
  • Surgical voice restoration


Patient Information Leaflets

A number of helpful information leaflets can be found on the ENTUK website.  Please click here to view the site.



Clinical Director
Mr David Keith – 0191 565 6256 ext 49135

Directorate Manager   
Jeanette Unwin – 0191 565 6256 ext 42880

Julie Mills – 0191 565 6256 ext 49376

Waiting List Manager
0191 569 9668

Head & Neck Nurse Practioners
0191 565 6256 extn 41242/41988

Head & Neck Specialist Nurses
0191 569 9677



The main department is based in Chester Wing at Sunderland Royal Hospital.