Professor Peter Rea

Professor Peter Rea

Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant
MA, BM BCh, FRCS (England), FRCS (ORL-HNS)

Practising at

Spire Leicester Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Professor Peter Rea at Spire include:

Other treatments

Balance testing for dizziness, hearing tests for hearing loss and tinnitus and snoring assessments.

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Professional profile

I have been Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon in Leicester since 2004, and was previously a Consultant in London. I run one of the UK's most respected clinics for the management of balance disorders and dizziness and have my own modern, private balance testing facilities in Leicester. Patients regularly travel from abroad for consultations. I run a busy otology practice with patients travelling from all over the UK and abroad for treatment and surgery for hearing loss, ear infections, and tinnitus. I run specialist children's clinics both privately and in the NHS managing common and much less common paediatric ENT disorders having trained at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital as well as Sydney Children's and Cincinnati Children's Hospitals. I have won research prizes for my work on nose and sinus disease and treat both adults and children with nasal problems.

For those with dizziness I offer medical and surgical therapies for conditions such as Meniere's Disease, BPPV, and perilymph fistula, as well as medical therapies for unsteadiness, dizziness and migraine. For ear problems treatments range from micro-suction for ears blocked with wax, through to grommets, stapedectomy, specialist surgery for patulous Eustachian tubes, and complex mastoid surgery and ear reconstruction for cholesteatome and wet ears. Sophisticated hearing aids can be provided and modern treatments for tinnitus explored. A child friendly atmosphere is provided for my younger patients and we try to have a lot of fun in clinic, whether it is for blocked noses, snoring, tonsillitis, hearing loss or ear infections amongst the commoner conditions managed.

I have helped develop my NHS "balance clinic" into one of the UK's most respected and busiest with some 7,000 appointments per year. This is reflected in an equally sought after private balance practice with approximately 200 new appointments per year for balance disorders spread over 4 private clinics per week. In theatre I undertake 4 operating lists per week. This will usually include between 1 and 4 major ear operations per week such as mastoidectomy for cholesteatoma or wet ears, ear drum repairs (tympanoplasty), bone anchored hearing aids, or hearing reconstruction (stapedectomy and ossiculoplasty). Several nasal surgeries are undertaken every week, most commonly endoscopic sinus surgery and polypectomy for blocked sinuses, and septoplasty for blocked noses. Tonsillectomies, adenoidectomies, grommet insertion, and voice box and swallowing examinations (laryngoscopy and pharyngoscopy) are undertaken usually many times every week.

I work as part of a small National Team establishing a National Otology Audit to ensure a high standard of ear surgery is maintained by all surgeons offering these operations in England. I have previously been the ENT advisor to The Department of Health on the development of both hearing and balance services in England.

I am Principal Investigator in Leicester for a major commercial study looking at injecting long acting drugs across the ear drum to treat Meneire's Disease, collaborating with a Californian Biotech. company. A second study is planned for next year. I have been Principal Investigator in a second major study funded by charity exploring other injectable drugs to treat Meniere's Disease. In the recent past I have been Principal Investigator locally for drug therapies for tinnitus. I run the 3 day "Leicester Balance Course" and it has been a great honour to have taught over 400 specialists on this course over the last 12 years. I am regularly invited to write and lecture internationally particularly on matters related to the ear.

I have recently completed a TV documentary on my practice which will be screened in 2016 (the "medical mystery" series) and previously gave the first lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine to be filmed for public viewing. I write regularly for the media and have had articles in the major national newspapers on subjects as diverse as why you sneeze, ear reconstruction for hearing loss and wet ears, and research for dizziness and tinnitus.

Clinical Interests

Balance disorders
Ear, nose and throat
Hearing loss
Head and neck pathology
Head and neck surgery
Paediatric otolaryngology
Sinus surgery
Sleep disorders
Voice disorders

Special Clinical interests: Ear, nose and throat disorders in children, vertigo, middle ear reconstruction, hearing loss and tinnitus, sinus disease including allergy.

Private contact details

Telephone 0116 265 3685
Private secretary Miss Gillian Bowler
Private secretary telephone 0116 272 9029
Private secretary fax 0116 265 3662
Private secretary email


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Qualification and professional memberships

MA / University of Cambridge / 1990
Masters of Art

BM BCh / University of Oxford / 1991
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery

FRCS (England – Surgery) / London / 1995
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons

FRCS (ORL-HNS) / London / 1997
Fellow Royal College Surgeons of London in Otorhinolaryngology

Intercollegiate Examination in Otolaryngology / London / 2001
Gold Medal

Professional memberships

Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England
Council Member, British Society of Otology
Chairman, British Society of Neuro-otology
Member, British Society of Paediatrics
Member, British Medical Association

Professional leadership

I am Chairman of the British Society of Neuro-Otology, the UK's leading multi-disciplinary group exploring new ideas in dizziness and balance.
I am Secretary of the British Society of Otology, our national organisation for ear surgeons.
I chair the ENT Audit Committee at The Leicester Royal Infirmary, ensuring high standards of care are maintained.
I am Chairman of The London Road Clinic, Leicester.

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Otorhinolaryngologist, University Hospital of Leicester, NHS Trust
Honorary Professor of Balance Medicine, De Montfort University, Leicester

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Personal Profile

Married with two sons and a dog I spend much of my free time with my family. On holidays we enjoy exploring countries as far and as remote as possible. We also find time for an annual family ski holiday and I have an annual cycling trip to France. Nearer to home our Cockerpoo has boundless energy to run off and I cycle every week to keep fit.

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