Most ENT outpatient appointments have been deferred due to Covid-19. All charts are reviewed by the ENT consultant/team and a decision is made to either, continue with your appointment date, carry out a phone consultation or reschedule your date.

DO NOT ATTEND ANY APPOINTMENTS IF YOU HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19. SHORTNESS OF BREATH/TEMPERATURE/SORE THROAT.

If your appointment goes ahead you will be contacted by telephone and given a time to attend. To reduce footfall within the hospital you will be requested to attend the appointment alone if possible. You will also be asked to attend only 10 minutes before you allotted time.

Should your appointment for review or treatment be deferred as a result of the current corona Covid 19 pandemic we would like to reassure you that we remain here to support you and are available to answer any queries you  may have in relation to your care.

Urgent ENT enquiries

In cases of Emergency please contact A/E 01 664 4600 Monday- Friday 08.00-16.00 and a pathway will be formatted for you. It would be helpful if you could have your hospital number/ DOB available when you call.

For ENT outpatient enquires please phone 01 664 4600.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Ears)

My ears are itchy /blocked with wax what can I do?

There are currently no ear microsuction clinics during the covid 19 pandemic

Instill two to three drops of olive oil twice a day. For correct watch this video with instillation advice.

Ears tend to get itchy if wax is dry so this may provide you with some relief. You may feel when you instill the olive oil that your ear is blocking up more. Please continue with the drops. The idea of the drops is to moisturise the ear canal and soften the wax. Do not use cotton buds or stick anything into your ears.

I have a piece of a hearing aid lodged in ears. What should I do?

Unfortunately we are not currently seeing patients with this complaint. You are advised to seek advice from your GP. You could also seek private services in the community which may be able to remove same.

Can I ask my GP to syringe/irrigate my ears?

Do not irrigate your ears if you answer yes to any of the questions below.

  • Have you any history of ear surgery including grommets?
  • Have you any history of ear perforation (Hole in your ear drum) present/past?
  • Do you have long term/congenital deafness in one ear? ie Are you reliant on one ear for hearing?
  • Is your ear discharging presently?

My ears are discharging / painful what can I do?

There are currently no ear microsuction clinics during the covid 19 pandemic. If you can get an appointment with your GP, seek same. They may prescribe you antibiotic drops/ antifungal drops or anti-inflammatory drops.

 – How to instil ear drops correctly – Video

I have had ear surgery in the past and I cannot get irrigation carried out on my ear? What should I do?

Please do not hesitate to contact us for advice

I am experiencing a sudden hearing loss what should I do?

Please visit your GP or contact Eye and Ear A/E enquiry line on 01 664 4600

Monday to Friday 1000hrs-1200hrs and 1400hrs-1600hrs.

There are currently no routine audiology( Hearing) testing being carried out during Covid-19.

Most short term ear pain and discharge should resolve with antibiotic ear drops/ tablets from your GP.

PLEASE PHONE A/E HELPLINE ON 01 664 4600

MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM 1000-1200 AND 1400-1600 OR ENT OUTPATIENTS 7088526, MONDAY –FRIDAY 0900-1700 IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

VERY SEVERE PAIN AND DISCHARGE ASSOCIATED WITH:

  • Facial Palsy
  • Headaches
  • Visual Disturbances
  • Severe (Disabling) Vertigo
  • Temperature Spikes
  • Abscess behind your ear or in your neck
  • Vesicles (Painful rash with fluid filled blisters/bumps) on/ in your ear.