The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Uveitis clinics

Ophthalmologists assess and manage patients with uveitis in the Uveitis clinics.

Uveitis is a term which refers to inflammation (swelling)  of the middle layer of the eye, called the uvea or uveal tract.

The uvea is made up of the iris (the coloured part of the eye), the ciliary body (the ring of muscle behind the iris), and the choroid (the layer of tissue that supports the retina).

The Uveitis Consultant Ophthalmologists are Mr Oliver Backhouse and Miss Kanchan Bhan. 

Coronavirus

Recovery plan

Routine ophthalmology outpatients appointments were cancelled from Monday the 23rd of March 2020 and restarted from Tuesday the 26th of May 2020 and we are now seeing a reduced number of routine patients . 

We have been accepting routine referrals again from July 2020.

The Ophthalmology consultants continue to identify and prioritise new and follow up patients on the basis of clinical need. 

We are contacting patients to arrange appropriate appointments in order of their clinical need.

Please be aware that, due to the backlog caused by the COVID-10 response, this means that our less urgent new and follow up patients will regrettably have a longer wait for an appointment than usual.

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

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 are being delivered from the refractive unit (St. James's Laser Vision) next to the main eye clinic at the St. James's University hospital site at present.

How do I make an appointment with this service?

To be seen in the clinic you must usually be referred by your GP, optometrist or ophthalmologist.

Clinics

Normally these clinics run on  a Monday morning in the main Eye clinic, Ground floor, Chancellor wing, St. James's University Hospital.

Waiting times

Please be aware that you may have a series of examinations from a range of clinicians and your appointment may take up to two hours to be completed from the time your appointment is booked.