ENT Head & Neck Nursing

Clinical Services Coordinator, Associate Clinical Services Coordinators and Clinical Nurses and other experienced senior nurses on Q5 ENT ward provide a telephone and consultative nursing service to other areas of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Rural & Remote areas, Northern Territory and the Adelaide Community and nursing homes.

The nurses have particular skills in laryngectomy, tracheostomy care, tube feeding via percutaneous gastrostomy or nasoenteric tubes and head & neck fistula management and surgical free flap management. The ENT nurses liaise with doctors, speech pathology, dietetics, social work on behalf of the patients or other care givers when problems arise. The nurses in Q5 have skills in communicating with patients who have surgically induced problems which influence swallowing and speech. The ENT nurses educate patients and caregivers about the management of the various conditions and equipment required.

Nurses in the ENT ward have regular in-service training and attend conferences and workshops to remain competent and current in nursing practice

  • Society of Head and Neck Cancer bi-monthly dinner lectures
  • Regular collaborative lectures with Allied Health
  • Wound Management
  • Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Nurses Group
  • Australian and New Zealand Head & Neck Society

The team coordination with Medical and Allied Health Staff is particularly dynamic and complicated with some patients and carers requiring large components of education, equipment and support to return to their home environment. The nurses in this area support out-patient Head & Neck Patients who need to contend with the difficulties which arise during Radiotherapy.