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Ear, nose and throat (ENT)

The ENT department provides diagnosis and treatment for adult and paediatric patients with ear, nose, and throat conditions across the Durham and Darlington region.

We work across six sites across the region, offering care closer to home.  Outpatient services are provided at Darlington Memorial Hospital, Bishop Auckland Hospital, University Hospital of North Durham, Shotley Bridge Community Hospital, Sedgefield Community Hospital and Chester-le-Street Hospital

We also work alongside the Audiology department which provides services at all these sites.

Inpatient care for both emergency patients and those on the waiting list is provided at Darlington Memorial Hospital, and Day Surgery for both adult and children is also provided at University Hospital of North Durham.


'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital