Mr Nick Clifton

Mr Nick Clifton

BSc, MB ChB, FRCS (ORL/HNS)

Ear Nose & Throat Surgery

19 years of experience
10 years as a specialist
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
5
Bedside Manner
5
Explanation
5

Top feedback

“I perceive him as extremely competent and professional with clear explanations and very approachable. I initially consulted him about a reduction in hearing ability which I thought was the result of an obstruction. Nick considered the possibility of a more serious condition (vasculitis) which after tests proved to be the case. The condition developed before final diagnosis and I collapsed and spent 8 days in hospital. I continue to be treated and progress is good but my prognosis could have been a lot worse without Nick identifying the possibility of vasculitis and I may have died or suffered a serious stroke as a result of the way the disease affected me.“
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Subspecialties

  • Adult Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery
  • Paediatric Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery
  • Rhinology
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 4722757
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £180

    Follow-up appointment: £120

    Practices worked at

    Spire Harpenden Hospital

    Ambrose Lane, Harpenden, United Kingdom, AL5 4BP
    71 reviews

    Bridges Clinic

    Bedford Hospital, Britannia Road, Bedford, United Kingdom, MK42 9DJ
    0 reviews

    The Cobham Clinic

    Lewsey Road, Luton,, United Kingdom, LU4 0DZ
    0 reviews

    BMI The Manor Hospital

    Church End Biddenham, Bedford, United Kingdom, MK40 4AW
    0 reviews

    About

    Mr Clifton is an experienced consultant ENT surgeon who treats adults and children covering the full spectrum of ear, nose and throat complaints. He has completed two additional years of advanced fellowship training in nasal and sinus disorders in Plymouth, UK and Melbourne, Australia. He has a specialist interest in disorders of the nose and sinuses including sinusitis, nasal polyps, nasal allergy and facial pain. 

    He has published academic journal extensively and is experienced in performing a range of procedures. 

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    Medical procedures


    • Functional nasal surgery
    • Septoplasty
    • Turbinate surgery 
    • Laryngoscopy 
    • Rhinoplasty
    • Tonsillectomy 
    • Adenoidectomy
    • Grommets
    • Head and Neck surgery 
    • Sinus Surgery 
    • Nasal polyp surgery
    • Microsuction of ear
    • Allergy tests
    • Epley manoeuvre for dizziness 
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    Special interests

    • Nose surgery
    • Rhinology (nasal disorders)
    • Endoscopic sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty
    • Facial pain
    • Nasal allergy
    • Functional septorhinoplasty
    • voice and swallowing disorders
    • hearing and balance / dizziness
    • tonsillectomy
    • grommets
    • glue ear
    • ear infections 
    • Hayfever
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    Education

    Education:

    • FRCS (ORL/HNS) Royal College Of Surgeons of England 2009
    • MB.ChB. Sheffield University Medical School 2000
    • BSc. Anatomy and Cell Biology Sheffield University 1994
    • FHEA Higher Education Academy 2011
    • PGCCE Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry 2011
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    Reviews

    5 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    Explanation
    Bedside Manner
    Hearing impairment
    2/16
    Ear Infections
    1/16
    Obstruction in throat
    1/16
    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
    1/16
    Reduction in hearing ability
    1/16
    Sinusitis
    1/16
    Swallowing disorder (dysphagia)
    1/16
    Tonsillectomy
    1/16
    Treatment for Persistent Sore Throat
    1/16
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Reduction in hearing ability
    I perceive him as extremely competent and professional with clear explanations and very approachable. I initially consulted him about a reduction in hearing ability which I thought was the result of an obstruction. Nick considered the possibility of a more serious condition (vasculitis) which after tests proved to be the case. The condition developed before final diagnosis and I collapsed and spent 8 days in hospital. I continue to be treated and progress is good but my prognosis could have been a lot worse without Nick identifying the possibility of vasculitis and I may have died or suffered a serious stroke as a result of the way the disease affected me.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Clifton . I had sinus problem during lockdown and very worried about but luckily I could make an appointment with Dr Clifton after lockdown was eased and I can say that after looking my cavities in my nose he didn’t find a big problem but still recommend to do scan to be sure there is not problem . I only can say that people who had a sinus and nose problem don’t hesitate to see Mr Clifton best consultant I have ever seen .
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    I found Doctor Clifton to be firstly very warm and friendly. This certainly helps with initial nerves and worry. Dr Clifton explained the process for the examination and also maintained that reassurance during. Once complete he explained his findings and diagnosis. I had not known anything about my condition and Dr Clifton took the time to explain it to me with all possible side effects. He detailed a full course of tests to ensure a comprehensive assessment was made and that I was safe. I am extremely happy that firstly I made the decision to get checked and secondly ended up under Dr Cliftons care.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Tonsillectomy
    I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Clifton. Highly professional, caring and diligent he made my young son feel at ease and involved during the whole Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy process. Delighted that we chose him as our sons surgeon.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Sinusitis
    I have been a patient of Mr Clifton’s for 4-5 years following many sinus issues. Mr Clifton has also carried our two surgeries on my sinuses. He has been an exceptional consultant and surgeon and I cannot recommend him highly enough. He has always been very thorough in his diagnosis and treatment of my sinuses and I am now considerably more comfortable breathing and with very few sinusitis episodes.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Obstruction in throat
    Clear diagnosis, advice and treatment. Highly recommended.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Swallowing disorder (dysphagia)
    I saw Mr Clifton after having some discomfort and the feeling of something stuck in my throat after swallowing a small piece of dry ice from a cocktail on holiday. He was extremely reassuring and kind. Mr Clifton arranged a procedure with his colleague and a referral to a gastro enterologist all in record time as he knew I was also suffering with anxiety about what was going on. Highly recommended!
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    I have seen Mr Clifton several times with both of my children who were suffering with ear problems. Mr Clifton immediately made my children feel very at ease and explained everything to me in a detailed, yet easy to understand, manner. We had seen several other doctors who are unable to help with the ear problems that we were experiencing, however it was Mr Clifton who found the root of the problem and now both children are symptom-free. The after-care was superb and I felt I could contact Mr Clifton with any queries without hesitation. I would highly recommend Mr Clifton.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Have seen Nick Clifton for years in relation to an ongoing ear problem and I am always really impressed with his bedside manner, explanations and friendliness. He’s obviously really experienced and is able to explain things in a simple and understandable way. Feel like I’m in very safe hands and would thoroughly recommend him.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Mr Clifton, put me at ease from the first moment I arrived. Very clear explanation of procedures and communicated to me throughout the procedure. The NHS at its very best.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Hearing impairment
    Nicholas treated my ear problem (excess ear wax) with great consideration and care with an excellent result. My hearing which had been reduced by the problem was resolved and has continued to remain normal
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Exceptional service
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Ear Infections
    Mr Clifton has seen both of my children - both had ear issues that other doctors were unable to help with. He was fantastic with the children and made them feel very at ease whilst explaining everything to me in easy to understand terms! He was very professional; the appointments felt thorough and we came away with much needed answers. Aftercare was great. I cannot recommend Mr Clifton more highly.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Hearing impairment
    It was very easy to get an early appointment with Mr Clifton. He explained the matters at hand very clearly to me and quickly put me at ease over the situation. I found him to be very personable and I am grateful for his kind and sympathetic demeanour. I would highly recommend him as a consultant.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Treatment for Persistent Sore Throat
    Mr Clifton was extremely thoughtful and caring during both consultation and treatment. Made me feel like nothing was too much trouble and never dismissive. Someone I would have no hesitation in seeing again.
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    Overall
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)
    Extremely diligent and professional consultant. Would happily recommend him.
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