Ophthalmologists manage patients in the Vitreo-retinal clinics.
The Vitreo-retinal team investigates and treats conditions at the back of the eye which require surgical intervention.
Vitreo-retinal surgery refers to any operation to treat eye problems involving the retina, macula, and vitreous fluid. These include retinal detachment, macular hole, epiretinal membrane and complications related to diabetic retinopathy.
The Vitreo-retinal Consultant Ophthalmologists are Miss Fiona Bishop, Mr Zia Carrim, Mr Aws Al-Hity and Mr Bataung Mokete.
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.
The Vitreo-retinal team are reviewing the records for their patients affected by the COVID-19 response and identifying those who need to be seen urgently as part of their management.
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.
Normally these clinics run throughout the week in the main Eye clinic, Ground floor, Chancellor wing, St. James's University Hospital.
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.