Mr Ashley Hay

Consultant ENT and Head and Neck surgeon


Specialises in

  • Voice
  • Swallowing
  • Neck lumps
  • Thyroid
  • Head and neck cancer

I am a consultant surgeon in ENT, Head and Neck and Thyroid surgery in Edinburgh and NHS Lothian. I am a member of the South East Scotland multidisciplinary groups for Head and Neck Cancer, Endocrine and Thyroid Cancer as well part of the Edinburgh neck lump assessment service.

I hold a Honorary Clinical Senior Lectureship at the Edinburgh University and regularly teach students and lectures at national courses.

I graduated from Manchester Medical School with Honours degree and gained Distinction in formal examinations. I took my initial medical rotations at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and St Georges Hospital, London. My higher surgical training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck surgery started in 2010 in the London South West Thames deanery, training at many renowned London and home counties hospitals which included St Georges Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Frimley Park Hospital and the Royal Surrey County hospital in Guildford. I secured a national Training Interface Group (TIG) fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital for Head and Neck surgery. After finishing my UK training and achieving my Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) I travelled to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, USA, to undertake an additional specialist fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology for one year.

In addition to my clinical training I have achieved a MSc with Merit from University College London in Evidence Based Healthcare. This has fostered an interest in research and the application of how the science from studies and trials in collated, interpreted and used to further clinical practice. I also won competitive funding to complete a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York, USA. During my research year I completed projects on TORS (Transoral Robotic Surgery), salivary gland cancers and nomograms.


General Medical Council Number: 6147221

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Ashley Hay at Spire include:

Ear Nose and Throat (ENT)

Other treatments

  • ENT
  • Head and neck surgery
  • Thyroid surgery

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Additional information

Ear, nose and throat
Head and neck surgery
Thyroid surgery

Professional memberships


RCS (Eng)



ENT Scotland


I have presented my work internationally and continue to be an active contributor to research and publications. Links to my pubmed, researchgate and university websites can be found below.

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, walking in the countryside and I am keen runner and squash player.

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary Sandra Knowles
Private secretary telephone 07519 070640
Private secretary email