Dr James Fairley



Personal Assistant
Gill Cobden

Initial Consultation Fee



Direct Telephone
020 7486 7835

Follow-up Consultation Fee


(Note: The consultation fee does not include charges for diagnostic tests and procedures that may be required.)

An established ENT Consultant with over 30 years’ clinical experience, Dr James Fairley graduated from the University of London in 1978, with a BSc in Pharmacology. He then carried out drug development research in Sandoz, Basel, Switzerland and a Core Clinical Clerkship at Harvard University, before qualifying as a doctor from St Thomas’ in 1981, winning the Hadden Prize in Microbiology.

Following postgraduate medical and surgical training at St Thomas’, University College and the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in London, he gained his Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Otolaryngology) in 1988. As Senior Registrar at the Sheffield Children’s and Royal Hallamshire Hospitals, he achieved his Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in 1993 while working on his Master of Surgery thesis, based on the Nasal Research Clinic which he founded in 1990. He also developed skills in complex middle ear surgery and stapes surgery with a TWJ fellowship to the Causse Clinic, Beziers, France. Since 1993 he has been a substantive Consultant ENT Surgeon to East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust.

Dr Fairley has a wide range of clinical interests, in both adult and children’s care. Offering diagnosis and assessment in all aspects of ENT/Head and Neck Surgery, his particular areas of specialist expertise include ear problems, otitis externa, otitis media, cholesteatoma and mastoid surgery, including KTP LASER treatment, stapedectomy, Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (titanium implants), hearing and balance disorders including Epley manoeuvre for BPPV, nose and sinus problems, LASER treatment for nasal blockage, polyps, functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and minimally invasive balloon sinuplasty. Children’s ENT disorders include tonsils, adenoids, glue ear and grommets.

Furthermore, Dr Fairley has taught clinical skills and in particular middle ear surgery to a generation of ENT registrars, many of whom are now established consultants in hospitals around the UK and other parts of the world. He has given numerous National and International presentations on his work. An early adopter of Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (titanium implants), he was founding President of the BAHA professionals group. He has served on the Clinical Audit and Practice Advisory Group of ENT UK/British Association of Otolaryngologists/Head & Neck Surgeons, and chaired the e-Learning Group of their Education and Training Committee. He is a reviewer for the Cochrane Collaboration and several international medical journals. He inaugurated the post of Survey Guardian for ENT UK. He is regularly appointed as an Expert Witness in medico-legal cases, and in fitness to practice cases by the UK General Medical Council.

Driven by an unrelenting commitment to his patients, Dr Fairley has built a reputation for first class one to one care.


BSc – Bachelor of Science (Pharmacology) University of London, 1978

MB,BS – Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor & of Surgery St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, University of London, 1981

FRCS – Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (Otolaryngology), 1988

Accredited Trained Specialist in Otolaryngology (Royal College of Surgeons of England) 1993

MS – Master of Surgery (University of London), 1996

Professional Associations

Member Hospital Consultants & Specialists Association

Member British Association of Otolaryngologists / Head & Neck Surgeons, ENT UK

Committee Member, Clinical Audit and Practice Advisory Group (CAPAG)

Chairman, e-Learning Group of the Education and Training Committee

Member Facial Plastic Surgery Group

Fellow Royal College of Surgeons of England

Fellow Royal Society of Medicine, Sections of Otology & Laryngology

Member British Society of Otology

Member European Rhinologic Society

Member Otorhinolaryngological Research Society

Member British Society for the History of ENT (formerly Treasurer & Membership Secretary)

Founder Member & former Chairman BAHA professionals group

Honorary member Danish Society of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

Self-pay and insured patients are welcome

The Harley Street ENT Clinic has agreed contractual rates with most health insurance companies such as United Healthcare Global, Aviva, Allianz Worldwide Care, Bupa, CIGNA, Simplyhealth, Standard Life (PruHealth), Aetna International and WPA amongst others.

We also deal directly with the insurance companies saving you the trouble of paying first and then reclaiming.

Patients funding their own treatment will be provided with consultation fees and the potential cost of onward treatment at the time of booking their appointment.