All of the team are University Hospital Consultants. We have all had extensive training in our fields and in addition have almost 100 years between us in surgical experience.

Our consultants have strong teaching and research backgrounds. They have major roles in National and International organisations.

We believe wealth of experience and expertise is essential to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.

Throat & neck problems, clinics & speacialists in Winchester, Hampshire, Southampton and South of England

Mr Phil G Harries

FRCS (ORL-HNS)
Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist

Key Information

Sub-specialty Interests

  • Rhinology
  • Advanced Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
  • Cosmetic Nasal and Ear Surgery
  • Paediatric Otolaryngology

Current NHS and/or University Posts

  • Consultant ENT Surgeon, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

Medical Qualifications

  • MBBS 1988 St.Thomas’s Hospital, London
  • FRCS Surgery 1993
  • FRCS Otolarngology 1995
  • FRCS (ORL-HNS) 1999

Current Membership(s) of Professional, National and Regional Bodies

  • British Association of Otolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Rhinological Society
  • European Rhinological Society
Background Information

I am a consultant ENT surgeon and subspecialist rhinologist at Southampton University Hospitals. I was a trainee on the south coast ENT registrar rotation. Throughout 1997 I was clinical ENT fellow in Cape Town, South Africa and I have spent further periods of training as rhinology fellow in various ENT departments throughout Europe and the USA.

Although I see a wide range of ENT problems operatively, I specialise in the management of nasal and sinus problems in adults and children. I perform minimally invasive endoscopic sinus surgery including extended roles of frontal sinus surgery and lacrimal surgery. I undertake rhinoplastic surgery utilising both closed and open (external) rhinoplasty techniques as well as nasal reconstruction. I have a major interest in chronic facial pain. I also perform otoplasty (ear pinning) surgery in adults and children. The management of chronic snoring and sleep apnoea is one of my major interests.

My research interests include the management of allergic and non-allergic rhinitis, nasal polyposis, snoring and sleep apnoea.

I regularly teach on Rhinoplasty and Advanced Sinus Surgery courses in the UK and abroad, as well as teaching on training courses for surgical examinations in the UK.

will-hellier

Mr Will P L Hellier

FRCS (ORL-HNS)
Consultant ENT Surgeon

Key Information

Sub-specialty Interests

  • Ear Surgery in Adults and Children
  • Paediatric / Children’s ENT
  • Hearing and Balance Disorders
  • Tinnitus

General

  • Adult ENT

Current NHS and/or University Posts

  • Consultant ENT Surgeon Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Consultant ENT Surgeon Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester

Medical Qualifications

  • MBChB 1990
  • FRCS Eng 1994
  • FRCS ORL-HNS 1999
  • CCST 2001

Current Membership(s) of Professional, National and Regional Bodies

  • British Association of Otolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Medical Association
  • European Society of Otology and Otoneurology
  • British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngologists
Background Information

Mr Hellier was appointed ENT Consultant to Southampton University Hospital in 2001 and to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester in 2003. He also holds an honorary contract at Salisbury Hospital.

He undertook his postgraduate training in London including the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, St George’s Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurosurgery. He developed his paediatric interest with training at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. He spent a year as the first English Otology/Ear Surgery Fellow at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne Australia, where he further developed his expertise in ear surgery. He was awarded the Journal of Laryngology and Otology Fellowship, the Lionel Colledge Fellowship, the Kings Fund Fellowship and the Ethicon Fellowship for further training at the Portmann Ear Institute, Bordeaux and the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles, USA.

Mr Hellier consults and operates on a wide range of general ENT problems. He has a special interest in ear conditions including hearing and balance disorders, tinnitus, chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma in both adults and children. He performs a wide range of ear surgery including open and closed cavity mastoid procedures and surgery for otosclerosis. He also has a special interest in children’s ENT including grommets, adenoid and tonsillar surgery, prominent ears (pinnaplasty) and airway disorders.

He continues to have research and teaching interests. He has written a book Essential ENT published in the UK and many other countries worldwide, which won the Asher Prize for Medical Writers from the Society of Authors. He has contributed to a number of other ENT textbooks and journals and has been Deputy Editor of ENT NEWS.

Tim Mitchell

Mr Tim Mitchell

MA FRCS (ORL-HNS)
Consultant ENT Surgeon

Key Information

Sub-specialty Interests

  • Ear surgery
  • Hearing and balance disorders
  • Tinnitus
  • Children’s ENT

Current NHS and/or University Posts

  • Consultant ENT Surgeon, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Qualifications

  • BA (Oxon) 1986
  • BM BCh 1989 Oxford University (Distinction in 1st BM BCh)
  • MA (Oxon) 1990
  • FRCS Otolaryngology 1994
  • FRCS (ORL-HNS) 1999
  • Bronze National Clinical Excellence Award 2015

Current Membership(s) of Professional, National and Regional Bodies

  • ENT UK, formerly British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists – Head & Neck Surgeons
  • British Society of Otology
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • British Medical Association
  • Royal Society of Medicine
Background Information

After education at Winchester College and Brasenose College, Oxford, I undertook postgraduate ENT training in Oxford, Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, London and Cambridge. I was awarded the inaugural Graham Fraser Fellowship, allowing me to develop my skills in ear surgery and cochlear implantation with Professor William Gibson in Sydney, Australia.

I was appointed as Consultant ENT Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in 2000. I perform cochlear implants and bone-anchored hearing aids with the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service providing a service across the south of England.

I see general ENT problems and specialise in the management of ear disease, including hearing loss, tinnitus and balance disorders in adults and children. I perform surgery for hearing problems (including stapes surgery for otosclerosis) and repeated ear infections, with a particular expertise in closed cavity surgery for cholesteatoma. I have a close link with the Community Audiology Service and see children with glue ear (otitis media with effusion) and tonsil and adenoid problems.

In 2005, I became an examiner for the MRCS and was elected Chair of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 2014 to July 2017. I represented RCS England on the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations overseeing the MRCS and DO-HNS exams. I continue as Convenor for MRCS exams in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where I have also been invited regularly as external examiner for the University of Colombo MD exam. I was a member of the Specialist Advisory Committees for ENT and Audiovestibular Medicine from 2012 to 2017 overseeing Registrar training in both specialties in the UK and Ireland. I was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in July 2017, where I chair the Future Surgeons Forum, supporting medical students and newly qualified doctors wishing to pursue careers in surgery. I sit on the International Affairs and Membership Development Standing Committees.

Nimesh Patel

Mr Nimesh N Patel

MSc (Newc) MSc (Oxf) FRCS (ORL-HNS) DIU (de Ch.Robotique)
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Head, Neck & Thyroid Surgeon

Key Information

Speciality

  • Ear, Nose and Throat/Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgery

Sub-specialty Interests

  • Head,Neck and Thyroid surgery
  • Laryngology

Special Clinical Interests

  • Head, Neck and Facial Cancers
  • Laryngeal cancer and Throat Cancer
  • HPV diseases of the larynx and throat

Special Clinical Interests

  • Swallowing disorders
  • Salivary gland disorders
  • Laser surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Snoring and Sleep Apnoea

Research Interests

  • Laryngology
  • Minimally invasive LASER and ROBOTIC surgery for head and neck cancers
  • Tissue engineering

Current NHS Post

  • Consultant Otolaryngologist – Head, Neck and Thyroid Surgeon, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

Medical Qualifications

  • MB ChB 1992
  • FRCS (CSiG with Oto)
  • FRCS (ORL-HNS)
  • CCST (ORL-HNS)
  • MSc in Voice and Swallowing, University of Newcastle
  • MSc in Evidence Based Healthcare, Oxford University
  • DIU in Robotic Surgery, University of Lorraine

Current Membership(s) of Professional, National and Regional Bodies

  • British Association of Otorhinolaryngologists-Head and Neck Surgeons
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons
  • British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists
  • British Voice Association
  • British Association of Laryngology
  • British Medical Association
Background Information

Nimesh N Patel is a consultant otolaryngologist-head, neck and thyroid surgeon with a specialist interest in head, neck and facial cancers, thyroid surgery, salivary glands, voice and swallowing disorders, LASER and Robotic surgery.

Having graduated in medicine from Manchester University I underwent basic surgical training in Manchester and London. I obtained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in Otolaryngology with Surgery in General in 1997. I then specialised in Otolaryngology, training in London for the next six years. I obtained the Specialist Intercollegiate Fellowship in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery in 2002. I completed fellowships at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA and the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia (head and neck surgery, sinus surgery).

I completed Masters degrees in Voice and Swallowing (University of Newcastle), Evidence Based Medicine (Oxford University) and a Diploma in Robotic Surgery (University of Lorraine).

Since August 2004 Mr Patel I have been a consultant otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon at Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust and Lymington Hospital. I have held many additional roles in the Trust including Chairman of the Head and Neck Cancer Service and Lead Clinician for ENT.

I am a fundraiser of Headline (Southampton Head and Neck Cancer Charity Fund) and a Trustee for the National Association of Laryngectomees. I am Past-President of the British Voice Association and current Treasurer of the Laryngology and Rhinology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has been cited in Who’s Who in Medicine.