Consultant Profile

Mr Carl Philpott

Practising at:
Spire Norwich Hospital
  • Cosmetic Surgery
    • Ear, nose and throat
      • Allergy
      • Head and neck surgery
      • Laryngology
      • Paediatric otolaryngology
      • Rhinology
      • Sinus Surgery
      • Voice disorders
    Special clinical interests:

    Image guided endoscopic sinus surgery (unique to East Anglia)
    Balloon sinuplasty
    Smell and taste disorders (unique to the UK)
    Nose and sinus problems including hayfever, nasal polyps, facial pain, various forms of sinusitis, nosebleeds and tumours (blocked, bleeding, runny, painful and broken noses)
    Repair of brain fluid leaks
    Facial skin lumps and nasal deformity (broken/crooked noses)
    Hearing difficulties and sore throats in children and adults
    Runny/itchy/painful blocked ears
    Neck lumps
    Swallowing and voice problems

    Research interests:

    As a senior lecturer at UEA Mr Philpott is involved in a number of research projects including:
    The patient experience of suffering with chronic sinusitis
    A study of the risk factors of chronic sinusitis
    The study of the costs of chronic sinusitis to patients and the NHS
    An analysis of the evidence for treatments of chronic sinusitis and their cost-effectiveness
    Developing new smell testing equipment
    Pioneering new treatments for smell and taste disorders
    Topical (direct to the nose) therapies for sinusitis
    Improved understanding of underlying mechanisms of various forms of sinusitis
    Screening for Parkinson's disease through the sense of smell
    Reducing problems with smell and taste in patients undergoing treatment for cancer
    New trials to determine the best use of antibiotics in chronic sinusitis
    Mr Philpott is currently the honorary secretary of the British Society for Academic Otorhiolaryngologists, ENT Lead for the Norfolk & Suffolk Comprehensive Local Research Network and Public and Patient Involvement Champion for the NIHR ENT Speciality Group

    He is also the chair of the British Rhinological Society Research Group and a member of the BRS Council

    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon, James Paget University Hospital
    Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon,
    Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
    Senior Lecturer in Otorhinolaryngology at University of East Anglia

    Year of first medical qualification:
    Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

    Royal College of Surgeons of England

    British Association of Otorhinolaryngologist/Head & Neck Surgeons (ENT UK)

    British Rhinological Society (Member of Council)

    British Medical Association

    British Society of Academic Otolaryngologists

    Royal Society of Medicine

    American Academy of Otorhinolaryngologist/Head & Neck Surgery

    European Chemosensory Research Organisation

    UK Semiochemistry Network

    Journal Reviewer for Rhinology

    Clinical Otolaryngology Chemical Senses and Archives of Otorhinolayrngology/Head & Neck Surgery
    Advisor to patient support group Fifth Sense

    Contact Details 
    Telephone number to make a private appointment:
    01603 255 574
    Private secretary:
    Mrs Sara Forder
    Private secretary telephone number:
    01603 255 517 (Secretary) Smell and Taste Appointments / Enquiries: 01603 397450
    Private secretary fax:
    01603 255 625
    Private secretary email address:
    Personal email address:
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    A graduate of Leicester University Medical School, Mr Philpott completed his basic surgical training in the University Hospitals of Leicester before undertaking a period of research into developing apparatus for testing the sense of smell. His specialist training was completed in East Anglia, during which time he spent a year at the St Paul’s Sinus Centre in Vancouver, Canada learning advanced skills in endoscopic sinus surgery for inflammatory diseases of the nose and sinuses as well as tumours of the sinuses and anterior skull base. His main clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis and other sino-nasal disorders, as well as addressing functional and cosmetic aspects of the nose through rhinoplasty.


    Mr Philpott also spent time at the Dresden University Smell & Taste Clinic learning techniques for assessing and researching the sense of smell. As a newly appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, he will be responsible for leading research into disorders of the Ear, Nose and Throat as well as educating trainee doctors in the specialty. One of his primary objectives will be to establish a centre for the treatment and research of smell and taste disorders, as there is currently no national centre in existence.


    Mr Philpott is the course organiser for the East Anglian Course on the Management of Sinonasal Disease in the 21st Century and is an invited instructor and speaker at other sinus surgery courses and meetings. He has recently undertaken humanitarian work in Kampala, Uganda training African surgeons how to use minimal access surgery to treat nose and sinus diseases.

    Mr Philpott set up the first neuronavigation system in East Anglia for sinus surgery, replacing old techniques such as nasal polypectomy which lead to a recurrence rate of 20%; image guided sinus surgery may avoid further surgery in 97% of patients. Mr Philpott also runs the first Smell and Taste Clinic to be established in the UK receiving referrals from around the country. At least 50% of patients seen in the clinic have a cause for their loss of smell or taste that can be treated or may reverse spontaneously allowing for at least partial relief of symptoms.



    Personal profile:

    Mr Philpott is married with 3 children; his wife is a General Practitioner in Norfolk. His interests include foreign travel, tennis, golf and skiing, the latter having benefitted greatly from a year living in Canada – the Whistler Bowl is a must for any hardened skier! A love of Formula One, European history and developing his culinary skills help occupy some spare time too.

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    Mr Carl Philpott

    Mr Carl Philpott Cosmetic Surgery & Ear, nose and throat Consultant, Norwich, private hospital specialist.

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