Christmas Message from BAPO

President Michael Saunders

As we say good bye (and good riddance) to 2020 we welcome Michael Saunders as new BAPO president. BAPO would like to thank Michael Kuo for his service not just as president but for over more than a decade to the organisation. We are also delighted that Michelle Wyatt is elected to BAPO president following Mike Saunders. Mr Saunders Christmas message to the membership below. Roll on 2021!

National Audit of Paediatric Mastoiditis

The British Society of Otology (BSO) and the British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngologists (BAPO) have joined forces with INTEGRATE to develop an audit to investigate current practice and patient outcomes in paediatric mastoiditis.


Acute mastoiditis is a serious and potentially life-threatening complication of acute otitis media, most commonly encountered in young children. While the mainstay of management within the UK has been surgical, recently a more conservative approach with antibiotic therapy with or without needle aspiration has been used in some cases. Acute mastoiditis is uncommon, and it has therefore been difficult to build large datasets, leaving the comparative outcomes from different management techniques unknown. COVID-19 has provided a unique opportunity to look at outcomes from a period of, perhaps, more conservative management. Data will be collected to cover periods before, during and after the initial peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, to capture any recent shifts in practice.


The project is supported by BSO, BAPO, ENTUK, INTEGRATE and a grant from the North West ENT Research Fund.

Please support this important project.  See the INTEGRATE website (link above) for more details and the registration link.


If there are any queries please contact

National Tracheostomy Safety Project

The NTSP guidance on supporting children with tracheostomies returning to school available now

BAPO guidance regarding COVID-19

In Memoriam

Amged El-Hawrani

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of our friend and colleague Amged El-Hawrani but it is with gratitude that we remember his life and contribution. After completing his otolaryngology training in the East of Scotland, Amged honed his skills in paediatric otolaryngology as a fellow in Edmonton before being appointed consultant otolaryngologist at Queen's Hospital Burton leading their paediatric service. His contributions as surgeon and associate medical director, instrumental in the merger of Burton and Derby Hospitals are well known but he remained such a kind and modest man that made him a model to all those who knew him. One of his colleagues from Edmonton wrote : "I will always remember Amged as a person that radiated peace and deeply cared about those around around him." I am sure that is how almost everyone will remember him and our deepest condolences go to his family. 

Ballon dilatation for paediatric airway stenosis

The UK Airway Intervention Registry is pleased to publish the results for Ballon dilatation. This paper available below.

Introducing the safe delivery of paediatric ENT surgery in the UK : A national strategy

Ben Hartley presents the report of a Combined Working Party of the British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO), ENTUK, The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Susanna Leighton Fellowship

In memory of the late Mrs Susanna Leighton, Consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital, BAPO supports a training grade surgeon to attend the European Society of Paediatric Otolaryngology with a grant of up to 1000 euros.

Awarded at Annual Meeting 2020.