Paul Kirkland - Consultant ENT Surgeon

PAUL KIRKLAND FRCS (ENG) FRCS (ORL-HNS)

IN BRIEF

Since 2005 Consultant ENT Surgeon for the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust working at both the Conquest Hospital 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

I am a Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) / Head and Neck surgeon working in Kent and East Sussex. I have been providing specialist ENT treatment for adults and children as a Consultant for over 20 years.

Whilst I treat all general ENT conditions, I have specialised in the treatment of the sinuses, thyroid, parathyroid and skin lesions.

Paul Kirkland ENT Specialist

My NHS practice is at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, working from the Conquest and Eastbourne Hospitals.

I qualified at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London in 1989 and completed specialist ENT training in London and the South Thames region. I am on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register (GMC number 3335534). I undertook specialist training in Head and Neck surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital, London, and advanced training in thyroid and parathyroid surgery at the Hammersmith and Charing Cross Hospitals, London. I was awarded a Fellowship by the European Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery and trained at two centres of excellence in Amsterdam and Stuttgart.

I was awarded Clinical Excellence Awards in 2008, 2011 and 2015 and received a National award in 2018 from the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists for the introduction of the first One-Stop Swallow Disorder Clinic in the UK.

I am committed to providing the best possible care and outcomes for my patients. I achieve this by listening carefully to my patients’ concerns and involving them in the decision-making process regarding their treatment. I also work closely with Consultant colleagues, as a member of the Sussex Thyroid Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) and the East Sussex Parathyroid MDT.

In my surgical practice, I offer minimally invasive and endoscopic surgical techniques, to speed up the post-operative recovery and reduce the time spent in hospital. This includes Balloon Sinuplasty to treat sinusitis and minimally invasive Parathyroidectomy for hyperparathyroidism.

I have performed approximately 150 thyroid and parathyroid operations each year for the last 10 years and as a result, I am one of the highest volume endocrine (thyroid/parathyroid) surgeons in the country.

I have been involved with clinical research in the areas of ENT and endocrine surgery and have published extensively in the medical literature. Click here for a list of my publications.

My consultation fee for self-funding patients includes all procedures performed in clinic, including ear microsuction, nasal cautery, nasal endoscopy and throat endoscopy. I also offer hearing tests during the clinic consultation for those patients with significant hearing loss.


Rebecca Semmens - Practice Manager

Rebecca is the Practice Manager and works behind the scenes in operations, office and clinic 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. She is instrumental in setting up new pathways and works hard to ensure patients receive the best quality care.

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

With 3 children of her own, she is used to being well organised 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 please call 01892 570300

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


Victoria Acquah - Clinic Administrator

Victoria is your first port of call when booking an appointment or requesting information. Her friendly and efficient manner helps to make patients feel at ease during their patient journey. Victoria started her career as a dental nurse in her hometown of Tenterden in Kent, before moving to London and working for a Harley Street dental practice where she worked her way to becoming a Practice Manager.

In 2006 Victoria moved to Dubai, UAE with her now husband and worked in a large dental practice, before moving to work for a British law firm running their front of house team. In 2009 she moved to Doha, Qatar and worked for a prominent British law firm as part of their front of house team as client liaison as well as supporting the admin and secretarial teams.

After starting a family in the Middle East, the family moved back to Kent in 2017, and she now lives on the Kent coast.

When not working Victoria can most often be found on the beach with her young family.

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 please call 01892 570300

Paediatric patients can be seen privately at Eastbourne District General 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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