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Mr Bren Dorman - Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery

Private Service, ENT/ Head & Neck Surgery



Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery (ENT) is also known as Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.  This area of medicine is concerned with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, the head and the neck.

ENT Surgeons (or otorhinolaryngologists) are specialist doctors who deal with medical and surgical treatment of conditions of the ears, nose, throat and structures of the head and neck.

Dr Dorman has particular interest and expertise in the following areas:

  • Head & Neck Surgery (both benign and malignant conditions)
  • Voice disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Nasal and sinus surgery (endoscopic)
  • Airway conditions
  • Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (including full evaluation, portable sleep studies and nonsurgical management such as CPAP)
  • Diving and Aviation medicine.


Referral Expectations

Swallowing problems:
Most patients will need a flexible endoscopy under local anaesthetic to evaluate the upper aerodigestive tract. It is possible that further tests such as a pH study and/or a Modified Barium Swallow x-ray examination may be needed. These are arranged separately and there would be an additional cost for this.

Voice problems:
An initial assessment is made with a flexible laryngoscope under local anaesthetic. This is well tolerated and can be carried out safely on patients of all ages. More detailed analysis of the voice may be required and Dr Dorman will arrange the patient to undergo videostroboscopy and arrange for assessment by Speech and Language Therapists Some patients may require imaging of the Vagus and Recurrent Laryngeal Nerves by CT or MRI scanning.

Neck masses:
Patients presenting with neck masses usually require clinical evaluation, imaging of the head and neck region (either a CT Scan or an MRI Scan) and needle sampling of the mass (FNA). The scanning is arranged separately and there is an additional cost for this. The FNA is carried out at the laboratory and there is no charge for this. If the mass involves the thyroid then thyroid function tests are also needed.

Sinus problems:
For patients with nasal and/or sinus symptoms, it is likely that some investigations will be required. These may include a full series CT scan of the sinuses, skin sensitivity testing and a selection of blood tests (including FBC, Fe, B12, Thyroid, Immunoglobulins, fasting glucose and liver function). There is a CT scanner on site at Mauranui Clinic so sinus imaging can be performed at the same time as the consultation. Patients may also need more detailed allergy assessment and a referral will be made if indicated.

Deafness, tinnitus and dizziness:
Most patients will need an audiogram at the time of assessment. This is usually arranged through Dr Dorman's offices when the consultation appointment is booked. There is an additional cost for the audiometry appointment.


There are different charges for an Initial Consultation and a Follow-up Consultation.

There is an additional charge if a flexible endoscopy is required.

Dr Dorman is an Affiliated Provider for Southern Cross Healthcare so for patients insured with Southern Cross Healthcare, some services can be billed directly. 


Mon – Fri8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

For after hours attention contact Dr Dorman: Ph: 021 727 493.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Sinusitis

    In the facial bones surrounding your nose, there are four pairs of hollow air spaces known as sinuses or sinus cavities.… More

  • Rhinitis

    Rhinitis is the inflammation of the lining of the nose (nasal mucosa).… More

  • Hoarseness

    Hoarseness can be described as abnormal voice changes that make your voice sound raspy and strained and higher or lower or louder or quieter than normal.… More

  • Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia)

    If you find it difficult to pass food or liquid from your mouth to your stomach, you may have a swallowing disorder or dysphagia.… More

  • Snoring

    Snoring is the harsh rattling noise made by some people when they sleep.… More

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA)

    When snoring is interrupted by episodes of totally obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnoea.… More

  • Tonsillitis

    Your tonsils are the oval-shaped lumps of tissue that lie on both sides of the back of the throat.… More

  • Salivary Gland Stone Removal

    If there is a stone (calculus) in the duct under the tongue, this can be removed under local anaesthetic by making a small cut in the floor of the mouth over the stone.… More

  • Hearing Loss

    Hearing loss can be divided into two types: conductive hearing loss (caused by some sort of mechanical problem in the external or middle ear) or sensorineural hearing loss (caused by disorders of the inner ear, hearing nerve or associated brain structures).… More

  • Otology (Ear) Tests

    Audiometry is the electronic testing of hearing ability.  You will sit in a special room wearing earphones and be asked to respond when you hear a noise through the earphones.  These tests can measure your hearing levels as well as other aspects of hearing such as the ability to recognise… More

  • Otitis Media

    This is inflammation or infection of your middle ear (the space behind your eardrum) and is often associated with a build-up of fluid in your middle ear.… More

  • Meniere's Disease

    Meniere's disease is a disorder in which there is an abnormality in the fluids of the inner ear resulting in increased pressure in the inner ear.… More


Parking is available onsite at Mauranui Clinic and nearby on Mauranui Ave and Great South Rd. The entrance to the parking area is at 86 Great South Road. To exit, drive up to the metal gate and wait. It opens automatically and you exit into Mauranui Avenue.


The nearest pharmacies are:

Mt Eden Pharmacy, 431 Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden. Ph: (09) 630 0430.

Life Pharmacy, 300 Broadway, Newmarket. Ph: (09) 5240061.

Unichem Pharmacy, 197 Broadway, Newmarket. Ph: (09) 5247719. 


During this Covid-19 pandemic there is a QR Code at the front door that can be used for scanning.

Contact Details

Suite 11
86 Great South Road
Auckland 1051

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Suite 11
86 Great South Road
Auckland 1051

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Suite 11 Mauranui Clinic
86 Great South Rd
Auckland 1051

This page was last updated at 11:02AM on October 6, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Mr Bren Dorman - Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery.