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Mr Flanagan studied Medicine at Liverpool Medical School, qualifying in 1986. In 1983 he took a year out of his medical course to complete a BSc in Physiology. After qualification he underwent basic surgical training in Liverpool, Oxford and Manchester, obtaining his General Surgical Fellowship in 1990. He then left the UK and worked in a mission hospital in Zululand, South Africa, as the District Surgeon for 1 year.
He entered a formal Otolaryngology Training Scheme in South Wales in 1993, working mainly in Cardiff and Newport. In 1995 he spent 1 year undertaking nasal physiology research at The Common Cold Centre in Cardiff leading to the award of Master of Philosophy in 1996.
In 1998 Mr Flanagan worked as an Overseas ENT Fellow at Monash Medical Centre and The Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital / Bionic Ear Institute in Melbourne, Australia.
His first consultant appointment was at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 2000, specialising in rhinology and surgical implants for deafness: cochlear implants and bone anchored hearing aids.
In 2003, in search of a more balanced lifestyle, he and his family moved to Cornwall to take up a consultant post at the Royal Cornwall Hospital.
His practice now is General ENT, with specialist interests in Rhinology, Otology and deafness. In the NHS he holds dedicated rhinology and paediatric deafness clinics.
Areas of interest
Rhinology (nasal disorders); nasal allergy; rhinitis; sinusitis; facial pain; nasal obstruction; nasal polyps; septal perforation; epistaxis; nasal trauma; nasal deformity.
Otology (ear disorders); deafness; wax problems; ear discharge; otitis media; perforated ear drum; cholesteatoma; otitis externa; balance problems; vertigo; lesions of the external auditory canal; surfers ear; exostosis; lesions of the external ear (pinna); prominent ear/’bat’ ear
Paediatric ent disorders; tonsil problems; adenoids; deafness; glue ear; earache and discharge; preauricular sinus; disorders of pinna;
glue ear; grommets;
General ent disorders; tonsil problems; lump in throat sensation; hoarseness
Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
Current NHS consultant posts held
Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust
Most recent publications are about "surfers ear" in "Laryngoscope" and on surfers website Magic Seaweed.
- BSc(Hons) Physiology Liverpool University 1983
- MBChB Liverpool Medical School 1986
- FRCS (General) Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh 1990
- FRCS(Orl) Royal College of Surgeons London 1993
- FRCS ORL Intercollegiate Fellowship Otorhinolaryngology Royal College of Surgeons London 1997
- Master of Philosophy Cardiff University 1996
Details of entry to specialist register
- RCS ORL Intercollegiate Fellowship Otorhinolaryngology, 1997
Affiliations / memberships
British Rhinological Society
European Rhinological Society
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.