Grommet Insertion


Grommet insertion is a surgical procedure which alleviates the symptoms of glue ear.  Glue ear is a common condition where fluid builds up behind the ear drum in an area called the middle ear.  It can cause deafness and earache or infection and is often associated with a discharge from the ear.  Glue ear will almost always resolve itself without the need for surgical intervention, however, your doctor may recommend surgery if the condition last longer than three months or generates infection.


A grommet (small plastic or metal tube) is inserted into the ear to allow air to pass to the middle ear, preventing the build up of fluid.  The grommet insertion procedure is a surgical operation which takes roughly 20 minutes to perform.  Your surgeon will make a cut in your eardrum and remove any fluid there using suction (myringotomy).  They will place a plastic or metal grommet in the hole.


At One Healthcare we can book you in to see a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, usually within 48 hours, for an initial consultation. Grommet insertion is available at One Ashford Hospital in Kent and One Hatfield Hospital in Hertfordshire.


You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your Grommet Insertion treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you are using your health insurance please do contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Hatfield Hospital.

Why One Hatfield

  • Modern purpose-built hospital opened in December 2017
  • Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, Xray and Ultrasound
  • Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
  • Specialist physiotherapy and nursing teams
  • Little or no waiting time
  • ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
  • Freshly prepared food
  • Calm, dignified experience

Contact us and find out more

Contact our team to find out more information regarding private Grommet Insertion or to book an initial consultation.

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Ear, Nose and Throat Pricing Guide at One Hatfield Hospital

This is a list of guide prices for some of common Ear, Nose and Throat treatments and procedures.

Treatment Guide Price Monthly from
Insertion of Grommet (Adult) £2,013  £44.98
Insertion of Grommet (Child) £2,358  £52.69
Tonsillectomy (Adult) £2,617  £58.48
Tonsillectomy (Child) £2,473  £55.26
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