It is normally possible to book a consultation with Mr Gault within two weeks. We prioritise time-sensitive issues, such as the fitting of EarBuddies, and fitting of clips for pre-auricular tags, as well as painful conditions or trauma. If you feel that the appointment is urgent, and our online booking system does not show availability, please make contact by telephone and we will do our best to fit you in.
If you are consulting about a problem for the first time, and have not previously undergone surgery elsewhere, then we recommend that you book a standard, twenty minute appointment.
If you are consulting about surgery you have had at another centre which has not met expectation, then we recommend that you book an extended, thirty minute appointment.
It is usually recommended that patients have a "cooling off" period to consider the merits and demerits of any formal cosmetic / laser surgery they are considering. Time-sensitive procedures such as ear splinting wtih EarBuddies, or the early removal of ear tags from babies can be scheduled on the same day as consultation.
Patients travelling long distances can first book a Skype consultation, and then have the face-to-face consultation on the same day as surgery provided that all the necessary information has been properly considered and received.
The letters FRCS after a surgeons name indicate that he/she is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.
“The letters FRCS after a surgeon's name mean that the surgeon's education and training, professional qualifications, and surgical competence have passed a rigorous evaluation, and have been found to be consistent with the high standards established and demanded by the College, of which the surgeon is a current Fellow”.
“Some surgeons only use the highest of their qualifications (eg. FRCS) in their correspondence or on their nameplates, rather than listing all the lesser degrees as well”. Source: Royal College of Surgeons
Surgeons with the FRCS qualification are known as Misters (Mr) as a result of British traditions in medical practice stretching as far back as the Middle Ages. Surgeons in the UK gain the title 'Dr' on completion of their medical school degree. Thereafter a further period of postgraduate study and training through junior posts is required before sitting exams to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. On gaining this degree the 'Dr' earns the right to drop the title and become 'Mr' again. See here for a detailed explanation on the Royal College of Surgeons website. David Gault FRCS dropped the title Dr. to become Mr. Gault again in 1982
We do not - all appointments are with David Gault only with a view to advising you on your individual problem, what is possible and what will give a natural result, rather than to sell a treatment.
Stick out ears can run in the family. EarBuddies is the easiest and cheapest way to permanently fix baby ear problems. They were developed by David Gault for parents to fit at home, or you can see him or other experts in your area for help.
His main bases for UK ear reconstruction surgery are The Wellington Hospital, London (adults only) and The Portland Hospital for Women and Children, London.
Yes - an otoplasty which has not pinned back the ear enough is usually much easier to fix than otoplasty overcorrection
About a third of all stick-out ears look normal at birth. Tiny splints called EarBuddies can correct ear problems. The earlier you fit, the easier, cheaper and quicker it is, but they can work in children as old as 18 months.