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Last updated: 26 Nov 2020
Paul Kirkland is a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon at the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT), working at both the Conquest and Eastbourne District General Hospitals since 2005.
He qualified at St Thomas' Hospital Medical School, London in 1989 and received his specialist ENT training in London. He was awarded the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. He is on the General Medical Council's Specialist Register.
He undertook further specialist training in head and neck surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital and advance training thyroid and parathyroid surgery at the Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals.
He was also awarded a fellowship by the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and spent time training in two centres of excellence in Amsterdam and Stuttgart.
Whilst he treats all general ENT disorders affecting both adults and children, he specialises in treatment of the sinuses thyroid, parathyroid, salivary glands, and skin lesions of the face and neck.
In all of these conditions Paul offers minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical techniques. These have been clinically proven to speed up a patients post-operative recovery and also helps to reduce the time spent in hospital.
He was the ENT clinical lead at ESHT from 2013 to 2018. He is also a member of the Sussex Thyroid and East Sussex Parathyroid multidisciplinary teams.
He performs around 80 thyroid and 50 parathyroid operations each year. He enters his Thyroid and Parathyroid surgical outcomes data onto the national online database which can be viewed by the public at: www.baets.org.uk
He has been awarded 5 clinical excellence awards (CEA's) by ESHT since 2008.
You will find Paul entered on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register (GMC number 3335534)
Areas of interest
• Paediatric ENT incl. tonsils, adenoids, grommets • Rhinology (nasal disorders) • Sinus procedures incl. endoscopic sinus surgery • Balloon Sinuplasty; Eustachian Tube Dilatation; Parathyroid gland surgery (minimally invasive) • Thyroid disorders / surgery • Neck lumps - benign • Salivary gland disease • Facial / neck skin lesion surgery
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant ENT & Thyroid Surgeon
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Thyroid & Parathyroid disorders
When not at work, I like to relax by watching my 2 sons play sport. Occasionally I am lucky enough to play golf, tennis and ski myself. I hope one day to resurrect my saxophone career !
NHS Clinical excellence awards 2008, 2011, and 2015
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy national clinical innovation award for the Swallow Disorder Clinic 2018.
Role of corticosteroids in Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery--a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Pundir V, Pundir J, Lancaster G, Baer S, Kirkland P, Cornet M, Lourijsen ES, Georgalas C, Fokkens WJ.
Rhinology. 2016 Mar;54(1):3-19. doi: 10.4193/Rhin15.079. Review.
Use of nurse-led telephone follow-up as a sole method of assessing patients after nasal surgery.
Sooby P, Kirkland P.
BMJ Qual Improv Rep. 2015 Mar 31;4(1). pii: u208386.w3311. doi: 10.1136/bmjquality.u208386.w3311.
The Effect of Patient Information on Satisfaction Levels in a "One-Stop" Neck Lump Clinic.
Pundir V, Hone R, Kirkland P.
Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (supplement). 2014 March; 96(3): 94-96
Two Cases of an Unusual Nasal Skin Lesion Presenting as More Common Pathologies
Pepper C., Baer S., Kirkland P.
The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, E2, Page 2
How we do it: The Anterior Thoraco-Cervical Approach to Tumours of the Thoracic Inlet
Upile T., Triaridis S, Kirkland PM., Goldstraw P, Rhys-Evans P.
Clinical Otolaryngology 2005; 30 (6); 561-565.
The Management of Carotid Artery Rupture
Upile T, Triaridis S, Kirkland P, Archer D, Searle A, Irving C, Rhys-Evans P.
European Archives of Otorhinolaryngology 2005; 262: 555-560.
Bipolar Scissors Tonsillectomy
Patel N., Kirkland P.M., Knight J., Tandon P.,
Ear Nose Throat Journal 2002; 81 (10): 714-717.
Bronchogenic metastasis involving the frontal sinus and masquerading as a Pott’s puffy tumour.
Clarkson J.H.W., Kirkland P.M., Mady S.,
British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 2002; 40 (5): 440.
Migrating foreign body in the tracheobronchial tree:
an unusual case of firework penetrating neck injury.
Khan M.S., Kirkland P.M., Kumar R.,
Journal of Laryngology & Otology 2002; 116 (2): 148-149.
Nerve Monitoring in Parotid Surgery
Kirkland P.M., McCombe A.,
Clinical Otolaryngology 2000; 25 (4): 321.
A New Alternative to the Operating Microscope in the Temporal Bone Laboratory.
Kirkland P.M., Tostevin P.,
Journal of Laryngology & Otology 1997; 111 (10): 958-959.
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- MB BS London University 1989
- FRCS (Eng) Royal College of Surgeons of England 1993
- FRCS (ORL-HNS) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2002
Reference number 3335534
Details of entry to specialist register
- Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, 2002
Affiliations / memberships
British Medical Association
Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Association of Endocrine & Thyroid Surgeons
- Eastbourne District General Hospital
- 13:30 - 17:30
- 07925 160934
- Spire Sussex Hospital
- 14:00 - 18:00
- 07925 160934
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