Paul Kirkland FRCS (Eng) FRCS (ORL-HNS)



Since 2005 Consultant ENT Surgeon for the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, working at both the Conquest and Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Awarded Clinical Excellence Awards in 2008, 2011 and 2015

Member of the Sussex Thyroid Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

Member of the East Sussex Parathyroid Multidisciplinary Team (MDT)

2003 – 2004 Fellowship in Thyroid/Parathyroid Surgery at Charing Cross & Hammersmith Hospitals

2002 – 2003 Sub-specialist Head & Neck Surgery training at The Royal Marsden Hospital

1998 – 2001 Higher surgical training in Otorhinolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery

European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship, Amsterdam, Holland and Stuttgart, Germany




Paul Kirkland is a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon for the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. He has been working at both the Conquest and Eastbourne District General Hospitals for the past 16 years.He qualified at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1989 and completed his specialist ENT training in London where he was awarded the Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Paul has also completed further specialist training in head and neck surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital, and advanced training in thyroid and parathyroid surgery at the Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals, both in London. 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 in Stuttgart.

Whilst he treats all ENT conditions 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 patient’s post-operative recovery and also helps to reduce the time spent in hospital.

He was the ENT clinical lead at East Sussex NHS Trust 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 outcome data onto the national online database which can be viewed by the public at:

He was awarded clinical excellence awards in 2008, 2011 and 2015.

You will find Paul entered on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register (GMC number 3335534).

Rebecca Semmens

Rebecca is the Practice Manager and works behind the scenes in administration. She is the friendly and welcoming voice on the end of the phone helping to book patients into clinics, dealing with any queries, and liasing with hospitals and insurance companies. She is on hand to answer any questions – however small. Rebecca is your first port of call when booking an appointment or requesting information.

Her role is versatile, when she’s not on the phone running the day to day business, Rebecca is involved in the marketing and PR for The ENT Clinic.

With 3 children of her own, she is used to being well organised, in control and adaptable.  When not at work you will find her out in her garden or pitch-side watching her children play sport.

Call or email to discuss booking an appointment, help with treatment, or for further information

Office opening hours are 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. If your call isn’t answered, please leave a message and your call will be returned as soon as possible

For appointments to see Mr Kirkland at Sussex Premier Health in Hastings, please call 07925 160934

Paediatric patients can be seen privately at Eastbourne District General Hospital or at the Conquest Hospital. Please call for further information

Rachel Tomlin - Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Rachel Tomlin trained at University College London where she gained a Bachelor of Science in Speech Sciences. She worked at St George’s University Hospitals Trust in London for 11 years, gaining experience as a Specialist Speech and Language therapist in clinical voice disorders, ENT and Head & Neck surgery assessment and management.

Mr Kirkland may refer you to Rachel for a course of voice therapy following a laryngeal assessment. Voice therapy will provide strategies and techniques to help you use your voice effectively, aiming to reduce vocal tract discomfort and improve the overall quality of your voice.

An initial consultation with Rachel lasts an hour with follow up sessions for around 45 minutes. Patients typically require 6-8 sessions on average

You will be asked to follow the advice and to practice the exercises in between sessions.

Patients with medical insurance will need to provide a pre-authorisation code from their insurer prior to commencing therapy

Bachelor of Science in Speech Sciences

Rachel spent 11 years working at St George’s Hospital, London as a Specialist Speech and Language therapist

She is recognised provider for all the major medical insurance companies

Initial consultation takes around an hour with follow up sessions lasting around 45 minutes

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