ENT Oxford: James Ramsden consultant ENT surgeon

A specific ENT clinic room which is fully equipped with
  • Otoscopy
  • Audiometry/tympanometry
  • Microscopic examination for ears
  • Rhinoscopy/sinoscopy
  • Laryngoscopy
  • Video otoscopy/laryngoscopy
Minor procedures can be carried out in the consulting room including
  • Sinus endoscopy
  • Nasal cautery
  • Fine needle aspiration for cytology
  • Flexible laryngoscopy
Other on-site facilities include
  • Allergy testing (for the treatment of rhinitis) is available and can be performed at the same appointment.
  • Imaging including radiology, CT scans, and MRI scans are available in the Manor Hospital.   CT scans can usually be performed at the same time as an appointment.
  • Audiometry(for more information see the audiology webpage)
  • Pathology
  • Laboratory services including blood tests

If surgery is required it can be performed at the Manor Hospital or the John Radcliffe Hospital (in private facilities).
Complex ear surgery and operations on children under 3 are currently performed at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Children's Hearing Tests
Ear, nose and throat problems are very common in young children. Hearing loss often follows a cold, and can be caused by conditions such as "glue ear". The hearing loss can last for many months in young children, and often impairs children's speech and language development. In older children it can be a cause of poor school performance. Sometimes glue ear can cause recurrent ear infections in children. Large tonsils can cause frequent tonsillitis or obstructed breathing at night. This can disrupt a child's concentration and well being. A blocked nose caused by enlarged adenoids or rhinitis (allergies in the nose) can lead to mouth breathing and nasal discharge. Enlarged adenoids also increases the rate of “glue ear”, obstructive sleep apnoea, and recurrent ear infections.

These conditions can be quickly and easily assessed in a joint clinic at the Manor Hospital, Oxford. Your child can have a hearing test by Jane Humphries, a paediatric audiologist, and if necessary see Mr Ramsden for a full assessment. This can usually happen on the same day, and you will be given the results immediately. If treatment is necessary, then timely and effective treatment can be arranged.