The London Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic
Mr Ali S Taghi
MD, FRCS, FRCS (ORL-HNS)
Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon
St Mary's Hospital, London W2
Tel. +44 7392000550
As a specialist with supra-specialist knowledge dealing with children with complex problem (airway and sleep disorder breathing), I feel it is imperative to share my philosophy with my patients and parents, and at the same time, provide the highest quality of care to infants, children and adolescents with the same care, compassion and concern of a parent. I understand that you trust me with your child’s future and I am honoured and privileged to care for your child.
Because I also recognize that children can often outgrow a particular problem, my approach to diagnosis and treatment is often conservative in nature. And, because I also identify those conditions, which are not likely to change, my approach recognizes the concerns and needs of parents in addressing those situations.
My philosophy—to treat children with dignity and respect, and to help parents make the best choices for their child and their families.
Working in concert with your GP and paediatrician or another specialist, I keep them aware of any updates or changes in treatment direction. I also frequently call on them for their feedback and involvement. Because I work as a team with you, your GP and other healthcare professionals, I feel that I can provide the best care for your children.
My goal—Putting your child first.
What is a Paediatric Otolaryngologist (AKA ENT surgeon)?
If your child needs surgical or complex medical treatment for illnesses or problems affecting the ear, nose, or throat, a paediatric otolaryngologist has the experience and qualifications to treat your child. Many general otolaryngologists provide surgical care for children. However, in many areas of the country, more specialized otolaryngology care is available for children.
What Kind of Training Do Paediatric Otolaryngologists Have?
Pediatric otolaryngologists are medical doctors who have had
6 years of medical school
2 year of surgical internship
Often 1-2 additional year of residency training in general surgery
At least 5-6 additional years of training in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery
Paediatric otolaryngologists often complete additional training in fellowship programs at a large children’s medical center (There are very few centres around the world would provide a comprehensive training in all aspects of paediatric otolaryngology)
Paediatric otolaryngologists treat children from the newborn period through the teenage years. They choose to make pediatric care the core of their medical practice, and the unique nature of medical and surgical care of children is learned from advanced training and experience in practice.
What Types of Treatments Do Paediatric Otolaryngologists Provide?
Paediatric otolaryngologists are primarily concerned with medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose, and throat diseases in children. Paediatric otolaryngologists generally provide the following services:
Diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, and throat disorders, and head and neck diseases
Surgery of the head and neck, including before and after-surgery care
Treating complex airway problems in children
Consultation with other doctors when ear, nose, or throat diseases are detected
Assistance in the identification of communication disorders in children
Where Can I Find A Paediatric Otolaryngologist?
Pediatric otolaryngologists practice in a variety of medical institutions including children’s hospitals, university medical centers, and large tertairry referrals centres
Paediatric Otolaryngologists — The Best Care For Children
Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions, and are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination.
Paediatric otolaryngologists know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, paediatric otolaryngologists use equipment specially designed for children. Most paediatric otolaryngologists’ offices are arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys, videos, and reading materials for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child.
If your GP or paediatrician suggests that your child see a specialist for a problem with his ears, nose, or throat, a paediatric otolaryngologist has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and comprehensive training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating children’s ear, nose, and throat disorders.