The ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) service is provided by three consultant surgeons who work closely together as a team with other health professionals, such as nurses, audiologists, speech therapists and physiotherapists to provide a seamless service to patients.
The department deals with all conditions affecting the ear, nose, throat, neck and thyroid gland. In the ear this includes problem with hearing, balance (including dizziness), tinnitus (noises in the ear) and ear infections.
Problems in the nose include rhinitis, and sinus disease, injury to the nose, nasal allergies and (rarely) tumours. In the throat patients may present with a hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing and snoring.
Neck and suspicious thyroid lumps are usually seen urgently and treated appropriately.
Although many patients do not require surgery, consultant ENT surgeons do carry out a wide variety of operations on all age groups.
Islanders are fortunate to benefit from some of the best treatment for deafness anywhere in the country.
The Island team consists of Mr Sreeshyla Basavaraj, Mr Maher El Alami and Mr Razvan Tasca, who run hearing clinics at St Mary's and The Mottistone.
Mr Basavaraj, whose training has included courses in America and Germany, is one of a handful of surgeons in Britain qualified to perform specific operations to preserve hearing and also to relieve dizziness caused by ear problems. Operations include procedures to clear infection from the middle ear and mastoid and to reconstruct the hearing bones.
Other surgical procedures that are possible include otoplasty and pinaplasty, to correct deformities of the ears.
Meet your consultant
Mr Sreeshyla Basavaraj
- Job title: Consultant ENT Surgeon
- Year qualified: 1994
- Primary speciality:
- Professional memberships: General Medical Council (GMC No: 5199380) British Society of Otology British Medical Association , MDU Royal Society of Medicine.
- Clinical interests: General ENT with special interest in Otology.
- Qualifications: MBBS, DLO, FRCS (ORL).
Accredited by the Specialist Advisory Committee in Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery and has been awarded his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training by the Specialist Training Authority of the Surgical Royal Colleges in 2009 .
After completion of his higher surgical training in Ear Nose Throat & Head Neck surgery in Liverpool, worked as a Locum Consultant at Queen Alexandra hospital, Portsmouth.
I have been trained in all sub-specialities of ENT Head and Neck surgery and thoroughly enjoy my work . Developed Sub-speciality interest in Otology, when I worked as registrar in Kilmarnock(Scottish Cochlear implant centre) and visiting House Ear Institute in Los Angeles, USA. Since then I have made every effort to gain clinical knowledge and surgical experience in this area by attending major institutions providing advanced management in Otology. Now along with my other two colleagues we provide 24 I 7 ENT service for the Island population. During my leisure time, I play Cricket for IOW Health Associates and am trying to learn sailing and water sport.
Mr Razvan Alexandru Tasca
- Job title: Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist
- Year qualified: 1995
- Primary speciality:
- Professional memberships: Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), ENT-UK, British Rhinological Society, British Association of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngologists, Royal Society of Medicine, BMA, MDU.
- Clinical interests: Paediatric ENT, Rhinology and Facial Plastics, Otology, Voice.
- Qualifications: FRCS (Oto-HNS) (Ed), MB BS (Hons) (Syd), Bsc (Syd), DCH (Syd)
Graduated in 1995 from Sydney University, NSW, Australia .Commenced basic followed by surgical training at St Vincent's Hospital and Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mr. Tasca completed specialist training in Otorhinolaryngology as part of the Mersey Rotation, UK.
Completed the Royal College of Surgeons Post CCT Paediatric ENT Fellowship at the Alder Hey Children's Hospital,Liverpool UK.
Undertook an Ethicon Visiting Fellowship to Cincinnati Children's Hospital (Paediatric ENT, 201O), preceded by visiting fellowships to University Hospital Grosshadern, Munich, Germany (Rhinology 2008) and Armand Trousseau Children's Hospital, Paris, France (Paediatric ENT 2008).
MRCS(Ed) 2001, FRCS (Oto-HNS) (Ed) 2008.
Appointed to St Mary's in April 2010.
General, Rhinologist and Lead Paediatric ENT Surgeon. Member of the multidisciplinary Cleft Palate Team.
Mr Maher El-Alami
- Job title: Consultant ENT Head & Neck Surgeon
- Year qualified: 1991
- Primary speciality:
- Professional memberships:
- Clinical interests: Ear, Nose and Throat surgery. Head and Neck surgery
- Qualifications: FRCS FRCS (ORL-HNS)
After qualification from Medical School in Germany, Mr El Alami has worked in a number of major centres in England.
After a thorough training in all aspects of surgery he trained in ENT at the Whittington Hospital, the Royal National Nose Throat & Ear Hospital and at St. Bartolomew's Hospital in London. He worked as a Registrar at the Leicester Royal Infirmary, Nottingham (QMC) and Royal Derby Infirmary.
He was selected as Royal College "Interface" Fellow in Head Fellow in Head and Neck Surgery in Newcastle and then worked as a consultant in Derby. He has come to the Island with the strong commitment to provide a clinical service that is up to the standard and possibly better than any major centre in the UK.
Since being appointed in 2010 he and his colleagues have worked to modernise the ENT department, to innovate new ideas and techniques and to build an enthusiastic team providing a comprehensive ENT service.
Outside his work he spends time with his family and is learning to sail.