Professor Carl Philpott

Professor Carl Philpott

Honorary Consultant ENT Surgeon

Practising at

Spire Norwich Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Carl Philpott at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Allergy
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Laryngology
  • Paediatric otolaryngology
  • Rhinology
  • Sinus surgery
  • Voice disorders

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Professional profile

A graduate of Leicester University Medical School, Mr Philpott completed his basic surgical training in the University Hospital of Leicester before undertaken 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.

Mr Philpott also spent time at the Dresden University Smell and Taste Clinic learning techniques for assessing and researching the sense of smell. His main clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of chronic rhinosinusitits, allergic fungal rhinosinusitits and other sino-nasal disorders, as well as addressing post-traumatic problems with the nose.

Mr Philpott is the course organiser for the East Anglian Sinus Surgery and Skull Base Course and is an invited instructor and speaker at other sinus surgery courses and meetings. He has also undertaken humanitarian work in Kampala, Uganda training African surgeons how to use minimal access surgery to treat nose and sinus diseases.

Mr Philpott has established advanced sinus surgery at the James Paget Hospital, replacing old techniques such as nasal polypectomy which are associated with a recurrence rate of 20% over five years; advanced sinus surgery (with image guidance) may avoid further surgery in over 95% of patients over a five year period. Mr Philpott also set up the first Smell and Taste Clinic to be established in the UK and receives referrals from around the country. Approximately 50% of patients seen in the clinic have a cause for their loss of smell or taste that has a treatable cause or may reverse spontaneously allowing for at least partial relief of symptoms with appropriate support and advice.

Clinical Interests

Ear, nose and throat
Voice disorders
Paediatric otolaryngology
Head and neck surgery

Subspecialist management of nose and sinus disorders including: Image guided endoscopic sinus surgery Balloon sinuplasty Smell and taste disorders 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 Surgery to bypass blocked tear ducts Facial skin lumps and nasal deformity (broken/crooked noses) Assessment and treatment of: Hearing difficulties and sore throats in children and adults Runny/itchy/painful blocked ears Dizzines Neck lumps Swallowing and voice problems

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Media Coverage


Fifth Sense

Sinusitis surgery: what to expect

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Association of Otorhinolaryngologist/Head & Neck Surgeons (ENT UK) (Member of Council)
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
Trustee of the charity Fifth Sense

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Current NHS 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

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Personal Profile

Mr Philpott is married with three children; his wife is a General Practitioner in Norfolk. His interests include foreign travel, tennis, golf and skiing, the latter having benefited 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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Private contact details

Telephone 01603 255 574
Private secretary Mrs Sara Forder
Private secretary telephone 01603 255 517 (Secretary) Smell and Taste Appointments
Private secretary fax 01603 255 625
Private secretary email

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