Discharging ears/Perforated ear drum

A perforated ear drum creates an opening from the middle ear to the outside world thereby predisposing it to recurrent middle ear infections. The infections usually cause a discharging ear which could be messy and may cause a hearing loss due to the bacterial toxins. Some people, however, have a perforated ear drum with no symptoms in which case, they may not require any form of treatment depending on the circumstance.

Surgery is sometimes recommended for this condition. For people who have repeated ear infections or cannot swim because of the risk of getting an ear infection, Mr Olarinde will carefully go through the infections you have had in the past, look at both ears and obtain a hearing test before discussing with you the type of surgery that will be optimal. The commonest procedure to treat a perforated ear drum is a myringoplasty which is an operation to close a hole in the ear drum, but a tympanoplasty to improve hearing may be carried out.

Sometimes a discharging ear may be due to a cholesteatoma. This is infected debris and skin cells trapped in a tiny cleft extending behind and deep to the middle ear. Cholesteatomas cause a foul smelling discharge which may be blood-stained although all blood-stained ear discharges should be assessed for other possible causes. This usually requires surgery (mastoidectomy) to remove all the disease by drilling the bone surrounding the cholesteatoma.

What to expect

Your consultation will be in a relaxed atmosphere where you can go over your symptoms adequately. You can come with a spouse, friend or relative if this makes you feel more at ease or if you feel you may forget some things during the consultation. A relative, partner or friend around during the consultation may also be helpful in case you do not remember everything that was said during the consultation.

Listening to you and sometimes asking directed questions is an important part of the consultation. Please bring along a list of your medication if you are on any. Your past medical history will also be enquired about, ie previous operations and past/present medical conditions.

An examination of the affected part of the body is then carried out. This does not usually hurt except in acutely inflamed conditions in which case care is taken to keep discomfort to you to the barest minimum.

The consultation usually finishes off with a discussion with Mr Olarinde about the cause of the symptoms and management measures. Most people have questions to ask and these are carefully answered.

Where – Hospitals

Mr Olarinde sees private patients at the following hospitals:

Thornbury Hospital
312 Fulwood Road
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S10 3BR

Claremont Hospital
401 Sandygate Road
Sheffield
S10 5UB

The Fees

Mr Olarinde is an approved healthcare provider for AXA-PPP, BUPA, BUPA International, Aviva, CIGNA, Exeter Family Friendly, Healix Health Services, Pru Health/Standard Life, Saga, Simply Health and WPA, and has agreed on rates with these insurers. You will usually require a pre-authorisation code to be issued by your insurer before a consultation. The contractual agreement for settling fees is between you and Mr Olarinde.

Self-pay or uninsured patients may also arrange a consultation with Mr Olarinde. Fees are split into the hospital’s fees and Mr Olarinde’s fees. Mr Olarinde’s fees vary depending on whether the consultation is a new one or a follow-up and depending on any procedures carried out during the consultation. Fees can be settled by cheque, credit card (2.5% surcharge fee), debit card or BACS transfer. Please contact Mr Olarinde’s private secretary on 0114 321 6522 for a further enquiry about fees charged.

To give you an idea of the costs you might expect if you’re paying for treatment yourself here’s a fees guide. Please note that this is a guide.

 

Service Fee

Initial consultation £200

Subsequent consultation £150
(for the same complaint or within 6 months of initial consultation)

Arrange an appointment

 

If you have private medical insurance and live in the UK

See your GP for a referral letter. Please note your insurance company may refuse to cover treatment unless you have a referral letter from your GP.

2. Call your insurance company to see if you are covered for a consultation. Your insurance company will issue you an authorization/case number.

3. Call 0114 321 6522 to arrange an appointment. You will need to provide your full name, date of birth, contact details, GP’s name, your insurance company, your membership/policy number and an authorization/case number.

4. When you attend your appointment, it is important that Mr. Olarinde has your referral letter. You can arrange to collect this yourself from your GP or save yourself the extra trip to your GP’s practice by asking your GP to send it directly to Mr. Olarinde at contact@entsheffield.co.uk or faxed to 0114 321 6128. It is also important that you have all your insurance details with you including your membership/policy number and an authorization/case number relevant to the appointment.

If you are self paying and live in the UK

1. See your GP for a referral letter although Mr. Olarinde is still happy to see you without a referral letter from your GP.

2. Call 0114 321 6522 to arrange an appointment. You will need to provide your full name, date of birth, contact details and GP’s name.

3. When you attend your appointment, it is important that Mr. Olarinde has your referral letter if there is one.

4. You can arrange to collect this yourself from your GP or save yourself the extra trip to your GP’s practice by asking your GP to send it directly to Mr. Olarinde at contact@entsheffield.co.uk or faxed to 0114 321 6128.

5. An invoice will be sent out to you after your appointment content.

If you have private medical insurance and live outside the UK

1. Contact your insurance company to see if you are covered for a consultation. If you are your insurance company will issue you with an authorisation/case number.

2. Call 0114 321 6522 (+44 114 321 6522 for callers outside the UK) to arrange an appointment. You will need to provide your full name, date of birth, contact details, GP’s name, your insurance company, your membership/policy number and an authorization/case number.

3. When you attend your appointment, it is important that you bring with you any relevant test results including hearing test results, scans and x-rays for Mr. Olarinde to review. It is also important that you have all your insurance details with you including your membership/policy number and an authorization/case number relevant to the appointment. It is also helpful to bring a letter from any doctor(s) who have seen you about the same condition.

If you are self paying and live outside the UK

1. Call 0114 321 6522 (+44 114 321 6522 for callers outside the UK) to arrange an appointment. You will need to provide your full name, date of birth and contact details.

2. When you attend your appointment, it is important that you bring with you any relevant test results including hearing test results, scans and x-rays for Mr. Olarinde to review. It is also helpful to bring a letter from any doctor(s) who have seen you about the same condition.

3. Please settle Mr. Olarinde’s account after your consultation.

4. A receipt will be posted or emailed out to you.

NHS

An NHS appointment to be seen under Mr. Olarinde’s care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital can be arranged by your general practitioner (GP) who will determine your suitability for specialist care. Please here for eligibility for free NHS treatment.

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