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New model helps patients understand anatomy of their ear, nose and throat 28 March 2013

The Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) team at Noble's Hospital has been able to purchase a model which details the cavities of the nose, mouth, throat and larynx, thanks to generous funding from the League of Friends of Noble’s Hospital.

The ENT team provides specialist outpatient and surgical services for children and adults suffering with conditions affecting the head and neck. Treatment can involve an array of procedures which include: investigations and diagnostics for infections of the ear, dizziness, hearing loss, sinusitis, laryngitis, as well as surgical procedures such as fitting grommets, removing tonsils, and vocal cord or nasal polyp removal.

Mr Richard Hogg, Otolaryngologist, Consultant in ENT said:

“The anatomy of the head and neck is extremely complex so it can sometimes be difficult to explain about a patient’s condition and the structures they involve. This high quality model of the head and neck anatomy is proving of great value in helping patient’s comprehension in understanding their condition. An additional benefit to the team is that the model can be used during teaching sessions for new staff and trainee doctors. We are very grateful for the generosity of the League of Friends of Noble’s Hospital which has enabled us to acquire this wonderful piece of equipment.”

The model, which separates into an upper and lower section, accurately displays the anatomy of the inside of the head and neck, including how the different structures work together. Members of the ENT team will use the model to show patients exactly what part of their head and neck their condition is affecting, what structures the investigations or surgery will look at, and how any treatment will help.

Bev Critchlow, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Therapies, said:

“We are very grateful to the League of Friends of Noble’s Hospital for their generous donation to enable us to purchase this very useful equipment. We are continually striving to improve patient’s understanding of their condition in all fields of medicine as communication of this sort is so important in reassuring patients. It has been a great help to our ENT team who have been able to demonstrate very clearly to patients every aspect of their treatment and care. The continued support of the League of Friends of Noble’s Hospital is invaluable to the development and improvement of patient care throughout the hospital.”

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