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Our son has had reoccurring tonsillitis for 14 months now. We finally got seen by 1st ENT, was level 2 and he has been on his waiting list for 10 months now. But rang around the 6 months mark as I got told he couldn’t wait long. They told me he was not even in the 1/2 way mark on the list. And there is a 2 yr waiting list. Went to a new ENT got told 15 weeks waiting list been upgraded to level 1. Get a letter today in the mail and it says
he is Level 3 and “non urgent”. My son has been in a lot of pain for a long time now and his speech is going backwards. How much worse can it get?


Posted anonymously, 22nd September 2014

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  • I would go to the Gp and request to get a more urgent referral.
    Also when your son has a tonsillitis, go to the Emergency Department of your hospital; he most likely will get seen by an ENT there and comes automatically higher on the list

  • my daughter was missing so much school and constantly sick with tonsils. It was stunting her growth and she was always miserable. I finally got them taken out and she was no sicker than she constantly was after the operation, and with in about a month she was so happy and actually said she felt alive for the first time in a few years. I wish I had of done it so much earlier. She now doesn’t have to miss school, sport or parties and feels great.

  • Yes! Usually ends with an ear infection aswell :/

  • My son had recurring tonsillitis too. When he enlisted in the army, they were going to have them removed, but he was medically discharged before that happened. He still has regular bouts, not so often and not as severe either

  • I would take your complaints higher, get your gp to upgrade the urgency again. Waiting lists are insane and if you don’t keep at them, they will keep dropping you down the list

  • A child I know at 4 y.o. had such severe tonsillitis that it some glands in her stomach were swollen and she felt nauseous. She had to have antibiotics and be kept as quiet as possible for a few days. The next time she got delirious with tonsillitis. A distant cousin of mine kept getting tonsilitis….and really sick. Blood tests revealed that the infection was poisoning her bloodstream.

  • My oldest had recurring tonsillitis for 3 odd years. We were told by the GP that the average child gets sick 5 times per year and that unless for 2 full years she had had tonsillitis 7 times it is still not worth getting tonsils out as they are believed to be the first line of defense for germs. On checking her records she had only had it 4-5 times each year. She thankfully grew out of the tonsillitis and still has her tonsils.

  • Sorry to hear that. My 7yo had tonsillitis 5 times this year and 7 last year. His tonsils are now permanently enlarged. Our doctor won’t even refer him to an ENT yet as he doesn’t get it often enough, despite missing around 15 days of school with it between may last year and august this year

  • Good luck for his op and hope it goes smoothly for you all

  • Thank you every one for your Answers

    Our son is meant to be getting them out start of November ;-)
    after a few phone calls and enquirers the nice lady on the other end said that the poor boy has been through enough and has bumped him up the list for us.

  • Get him off dairy. Give it a go, for 3 weeks. For many children this is all that’s needed.

  • My eldest son had chronic tonsillitis & middle ear infections for several years & he had intermittent hearing loss that effected his speech. After he had grommets placed in his ears his tonsillitis lessened & his hearing was restored.

  • Jump up and down if you can go private that’s what I had to do

  • I feel for you. We were lucky that by scrimping & saving we could manage Private Health Insurance (just) and when we saw ENT he asked if our daughter snored we said yes & got told as well as tonsillitis her tonsils were so big they blocked her airway when she slept. She got them out that week. Go to GP or back to ENT and let them know he is snoring badly. This may get you up the list faster. Good luck

  • First find out whether the tonsillitis is viral or bacterial, this is done with a blood test. My son suffered a lot with tonsillitis, Dr would always prescribe antibiotics, finally when we got to see the ENT specialist he told us that most of the time sons tonsillitis was viral, thus giving antibiotics was only lowering his immunity and doing nothing for the tonsillitis. We were told to up his vitamin C and boost up his immune system. I put him on a course of Echinecea body guard. After a while he improved dramatically and the episodes of a bout reduced. So summary antibiotics only for bacterial tonsillitis. Viral tonsillitis boast up his immune system.
    All the very best to you and your son. :-)

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