Neil Fergie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991 and has been an ENT Consultant at Queen's Medical Centre and King's Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire since 2005.
After completing general surgical training through the West of Scotland Surgical Training Programme and obtaining FRCS in General Surgery, Neil moved to the Nottingham area in 1998 to take part in what was widely regarded as the foremost ENT training programme of the time in the UK. Having completed this six year specialist training, he then undertook a fellowship in Australia in otology and neurology along with paediatric ENT and rural ENT medicine. This was funded by the TWJ Fellowship programme (a competitive application process open to ENT UK trainees nationally) and partly by the Western Australian government. On returning to the UK he was appointed jointly to the post of ENT consultant at KMH and QMC in 2005.
He continues to work at both hospitals with out-patient clinics and theatre sessions and provides emergency cover at both sites. He has also established a weekly children's clinic at Newark Hospital. Alongside NHS work, he consults privately at the Park Hospital and Spire Hospital and operates at both these hospitals. He has provided private practice ENT services over the past 12 years at the Park Hospital and at the Spire Hospital since its opening in 2018.
He is registered with the GMC (3476639) and is on the specialist register of the GMC for ENT Surgery. He is a member of the UK national ENT professional organisation, ENT-UK, and a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association and the European Academy of Otology and Neurotology.
He examines for the intercollegiate exam (FRCS) for the Royal College of Surgeons of the UK and Ireland (the examine that surgical trainees must pass to complete training and become independent consultants) and sits on the board of examiners which is responsible for setting the exam questions, format, organisation and running of the examinations. In addition to his responsibilities for the FRCS, he also examines for the European Board Examination in ENT. He is actively involved in all aspects of teaching and training and is the named supervisor for trainees in the ENT department. He has previously held posts including Head of Department for Head and Neck Services, Programme Director for all junior doctors at the trust (foundation year 1) and remains ENT lead for paediatric audiology/newborn screening programme.
He has been actively involved in research throughout his training and has been awarded MD from University of Leicester in the field of cochlear neuro-protection and published research into the cause of otitis media with effusion (glue ear). Although he maintains an active research interest this work is now entirely patient focused, clinically relevant research and audit. He has received grants from GSK, Leicester Hospitals and charitable organisations for his research and has been sponsored to travel to the Causse clinic in France and the University of Pennsylvania Balance Centre.
His clinical practice encompasses the broad range of the speciality both in adults and children. He has a particular interest in childhood ENT and in ear related problems, infection, hearing and balance issues. He operates all day on Mondays at QMC, Wednesday mornings at KMH and privately at the Park and Spire Hospitals. He performs a range of ENT procedures including tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, and removal of simple lesions of the oropharynx, grommets, pinnaplasty (otoplasty), canalplasty, repair of ear drum (tympanoplasty/ myringoplasty), mastoid surgery for treatment of cholesteatoma, ossiculoplasty and stapes surgery, implanted hearing aids, balloon eustachian tuboplasty, treatment of ear keloid of ear, removal of osteomas and exostoses, widening of the opening of the ear (meatoplasty), nasal surgery including removal of nasal polyps and treatment of turbinates.
Interests include cycling, tennis and travel. He recently combined two of these when he participated in, and provided medical support to, Race to the Wreck- a five day race across the Namibian Desert on foot and on fat bike.