Mr James Rainsbury



GMC number: 6028060

Practising since: 2001


ENT (Otolaryngology)

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  • Thursday
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Mr James Rainsbury graduated from University of Nottingham Medical School and completed his ENT higher surgical training on the West Midlands training programme including Paediatric ENT surgery at Birmingham Childrens' Hospital.

James is a consultant ENT surgeon at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth treating all aspects of general and paediatric ENT conditions and has specialist interests in paediatric ENT, disorders of the ear and balance, and Eustachian tube problems.

He gained fellowship sub-specialty training in Otology (ear surgery) at Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He was awarded the Intercollegiate Gold Medal for the best performance in that diet of the FRCS(ORL-HNS) examination. His international training has also taken him to the Causse Ear Clinic, Beziers, France, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and the IWK paediatric hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has published extensively in the peer-reviewed literature and presented his work internationally.

Special interests

Mr Rainsbury has a specialist interest in problems of the Ear, Hearing and Complex Ear Surgery, Balance Disorders and Children's ENT problems, as well as general ENT.

He has further qualifications in Surgical Education and is responsible for training and supervising both junior and higher surgical trainees. He is Training Programme Director for ENT trainees in the Peninsula region.

Adult ENT, Paediatric ENT, Hearing loss, Sinusitis, Tinnitus, Balance, Ear pain, Ear ache, Blocked Ears, Tonsillitis, Tonsillectomy, Adenoidectomy, Deafness, Ear discharge, Ear infection, Ear wax, Otitis externa, Glue ear, Ear drum perforation, Grommets, Eustachian tube, Dilation of the Eustachian tube, balloon Eustachian tuboplasty, Ossiculoplasty, exostoses (surfer's ear), Facial palsy, Bone anchored hearing aid, Tinnitus, Pulsatile tinnitus, Vertigo, Dizziness and balance, Menieres disease, BPPV, Labyrinthitis, Cholesteatoma, obstructive sleep apnoea in children, children's airway problems, laryngomalacia (floppy larynx), subglottic stenosis, laryngeal papillomas, drooling, Rhinology (nasal disorders), Blocked nose, Post-nasal drip, Nosebleeds, Nasal allergies, Rhinitis, Nasal polyps, Nasal blockage, Loss of smell, Snoring, Sleep apnoea, Sinus surgery, Nasal polypectomy, Septoplasty, Deviated septum, Neck lumps, Irritation of throat, Diagnostic endoscopy, Persistent cough.

If your symptoms are related to ears or hearing loss, please contact my secretary as pure-tone audiogram (hearing test) may be required prior to your appointment.  Hearing tests need to be within the last 3 months.  If you have already had a test, please bring this with you to your appointment.

I am able to see children of any age in the clinic at Nuffield, however, there is no private children’s operating at the Nuffield (for under 16s).  If your child requires surgery, I will transfer them to my NHS waiting list at Derriford for this.  

Treatments and tests offered by Mr James Rainsbury at Nuffield Health

  • Turbinectomy
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery
  • Adenoidectomy
  • Deviated septum (Septoplasty)
  • Balloon Sinuplasty
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Grommet insertion

Locations Mr James Rainsbury works with

  • Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

    01752 775 861
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Related experience


  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • ENT-UK
  • British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngologists
  • British Society of Otology

Other posts held

  • Consultant ENT Surgeon and paediatric ENT lead, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

Insurers Mr James Rainsbury works with

Mr James Rainsbury works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Bupa
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)
  • Westfield Health WPA


Mr James Rainsbury does not hold a share or financial interest in this hospital, another Nuffield Health hospital or the company.

Mr James Rainsbury does not have a share or financial interest in equipment used at this hospital or another Nuffield Health hospital.

Mr James Rainsbury does not hold any paid advisory role(s) at this hospital or on behalf of Nuffield Health.