The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Acute referral (Eye casualty)

A team of Ophthalmologists, Specialist Optometrists and nurses normally provide Acute Referral (Eye Casualty) clinics at the main eye clinic based at St. James's University Hospital.

The Acute referral (Eye Casualty) Service is for patients with eye problems which are either Accidents or Emergencies; if you feel your condition is not this urgent please arrange an appointment with your GP or see your own optician who can refer you if necessary. NHS direct can be contacted if you are unsure whether your condition is an emergency or not.

The Consultant Ophthalmologist lead for this service is Mr John Buchan.

We have now restarted some of our services and we started seeing a small number of less acute patients from Tuesday the 26th of May 2020.

The Ophthalmology consultants have been identifying and prioritising patients who need to be seen when services re start and we will be contacting patients to arrange appropriate appointments.

All elective ophthalmology surgery and non urgent procedures remain cancelled due to the coronavirus.

All routine ophthalmology outpatients appointments were cancelled from Monday the 23rd of March 2020.

Ophthalmology and Optometry have now moved back into the eye clinic in Chancellors wing having temporarily moved out from Monday the 6th of April 2020 to release space for the emergency department.

The Ophthalmology team continues to provide emergency eye care, in the Acute referral clinics (ARC) which is once again being delivered from the main eye clinic at the St. James's University hospital site.

How do I make an appointment with this service?

To be seen in the clinic you must usually be referred by your GP, or your community optometrist for an acute eye problem.


Acute referral or eye casualty clinics normally run every weekday, in the mornings and afternoons in the main eye clinic, ground floor, Chancellors wing at St. James's University Hospital. Patients requiring assessment out of hours will normally be seen by the Ophthalmologist on call.

The Ophthalmology team is continuing to provide emergency eye care, in the Acute referral clinics (ARC) in the main eye clinic at the St. James's University hospital site.

Waiting times

Please be aware that as this is an acute service you can wait up to four hours to be seen from the time you book in for your appointment.

Click here for a patient leaflet with more information on our ARC service.