Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) cares for people who require surgery for problems relating to the ear, nose and throat, including surgery for cancer.
Clinical service overview
Our two ENT units - ENT 1 and ENT 2 - provide ear, nose and throat surgery at The Alfred.
- ENT 1 manages routine otolaryngology, and has a special interest in head and neck surgery, including cancer surgery. The unit also provides a service in functional endoscopic sinus surgery.
- ENT 2 has a special interest in Otology, Otoneurology and vestibular problems.
The service also provides a Voice Clinic for the assessment of problems of professional voice users.
This service does not routinely offer treatment for the following:
- Patients who are being treated for the same condition at another Victorian public hospital
- Children under 18 years of age
- Cosmetic surgery other than those meeting the specific indications outlined in the Department of Health Guidelines for Aesthetic Surgery on the Public Hospital Waiting List
- Snoring without sleep apnoea (sleep study must be performed prior to referral)
- Allergic or vasomotor rhinitis - refer to Asthma, Allergy & Clinical Immunology
- Chronic sinusitis unless proven on CT scan and medical management has failed
- Septal deviation
- Post nasal drip or simple persistent nasal obstruction
- Headache/migraine—refer to Neurology or dentist as appropriate
- Note: If nasal obstruction is unilateral with an offensive, bloody discharge, consider malignancy in an adult (particularly wood workers) and refer urgently.
Refer your patient
Fax referral to us
We accept GP and specialist referrals to this service.
All referrals are triaged by the service according to clinical urgency.
Patients requiring immediate assessment should be sent to the Emergency & Trauma Centre.
If a patient requires surgery, they will be placed on a surgical waiting list. The patient may also need to attend a Pre-Admission Clinic prior to surgery.
To refer your patient, complete and fax a referral to us. For urgent referrals, also contact the service Registrar to discuss the case.
To ensure appropriate and timely triage, include all demographic and clinical details as well as relevant investigation results.
If you are concerned about any delay of the appointment or if there is any deterioration in your patient’s condition, contact the service Registrar on call on (03) 9076 2000.
- Referral enquiries (03) 9076 2025
- Referral fax (03) 9076 6938