Some commonly asked questions & answers
1: What should I expect during my first consultation with Mr O’Connor?Show Answer
Mr O’Connor will take a detailed history of your ENT symptoms to date. Following this he will perform an Ear, Nose and Throat examination. Based on your history and examination findings he may need to perform more detailed investigations or procedures prior to making any recommendations with regard to further treatment.
2: Is the cost of my appointment covered by my health insurance?Show Answer
A receipt for your consultation fee will be provided to you by Mr O’Connor’s office. Depending on your health insurance policy you may be able to reclaim some of your consultation fee from your health insurance provider. Specific details of this can be obtained by contacting your health insurance provider.
3: Are there any procedures which may need to be performed during my
a. Fibreoptic Laryngoscopy: This is a procedure which involves inserting a very narrow flexible fibreoptic endoscope into your nasal cavity to visualise this area – if necessary it may also be used to examine your throat and / or vocal cords.
b. Ear Microsuctioning: During this procedure Mr O’Connor will examine your ear using an operating microscope – this may also be used to perform microsuction clearance of wax or any other material in your ear canal.
c. Nasal Cautery: For patients attending for the management of recurrent nosebleeds, in some cases nasal cautery may need to be performed. For this procedure a liquid local anaesthetic is applied internally to your nose and left in place for approximately 20 mins. Following this, a chemical (Silver Nitrate) may need to be applied to prominent blood vessels in your nose to prevent further nosebleeds. This procedure can be performed in both children and adults; in some cases younger children may need to undergo this procedure under general anaesthetic on a date after their initial consultation.
4: Are there any additional investigations which may need to be performed on the day of my first consultation?Show Answer
a. Audiogram: It may be necessary for you to undergo a hearing assessment if you are attending with a specific hearing complaint. For patients with more complex hearing problems a referral to an Audiologist may need to be made by Mr O’Connor following your initial consultation. (Cost = 25 Euro).
b. Tympanometry: This is a measure of the pressure in the ear(s) – it may be necessary in assessing children or adults with hearing problems (Glue ear). (Cost = 15 Euro).
c. Skin Allergy Testing: This is a useful investigation for patients attending with nasal and sinus symptoms which may be allergic in nature. (Cost = 68 Euro).
d. Blood tests. (Cost will vary depending on specific test).
e. A nasal or ear swab may need to be performed for some patients. (Cost = 23 Euro)
5: Is there an additional cost if I need to undergo a procedure as part of my consultation?Show Answer
The procedures; flexible laryngoscopy, ear micro-suctioning and nasal cautery do incur an additional cost, however if you have private health insurance the cost of this can be billed directly to your health insurance provider.
6: Mr O’Connor has recommended a surgical procedure which requires admission to hospital – I have health insurance – am I covered?Show Answer
If Mr O’Connor recommends as surgical procedure requiring admission to hospital you will be provided with a procedure code specific to the surgical procedure by Mr O’Connor’s office. To verify that you are covered for this, you are advised to contact your health insurance company following your consultation quoting the provided procedure code– your health insurer will clarify if you have cover for the recommended procedure.
7: I don’t have health insurance – can I still be seen for an appointment?Show Answer
Yes, Mr O’Connor will see patients without health insurance. Quotations for inpatient surgical procedures for patients without health insurance can also be obtained by contacting our office on
8: Where does Mr O’Connor perform surgery?Show Answer
Mr O’Connor performs all surgical procedures at The Bon Secours Hospital, Galway. He also provides emergency on-call ENT cover at University Hospital, Galway.
Paediatric Tonsillectomy and / or Adenoidectomy:
Tonsillectomy and / or Adenoidectomy in Adults
Grommets: A guide for patients and parents
Nasal & Sinus Surgery: Information following surgery
Vertigo: Information for Patients
Globus Symptoms: Information for patients
Tinnitus: Information for patients:
Rhinitis: information for patients & parents
Mr. Tony O' Connor
The Bon Secours Consultants Clinic,
Bon Secours Hospital,
Mon 9.00am - 5.00pm
Tue 9.00am - 5.00pm
Weds 9.00am - 5.00pm
Thurs 9.00am - 5.00pm
Fri 9.00am - 5.00pm