Ophthalmology

Our ophthalmology department provides first class eye care and surgical services for a wide range of eye conditions.
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If you have been given an outpatient appointment at the hospitals and are unable to attend for whatever reason you can use the form below.

It is really important that you let us know of any changes as soon as possible. This means we can offer the original appointment to another patient.

Please complete the form below with your contact details and as much information as possible. You can find most of the information we need on your appointment letter.

If you have any problems using this form, please call the number on your appointment letter and we will do our best to help you. You will receive a response from us so you know it has been received and actioned.

If you wish to change the date and time of your appointment you, you can click the re-book option and state any dates that are not suitable for you, or you can contact us using the number on your appointment letter.

ophthalmology.jpgOur outpatient service is based in the Daresbury Wing of Warrington Hospital. Our Day Case Unit is based on the first floor of Appleton Wing.

We also have purpose designed ophthalmic theatres on the Warrington site and provide outpatient services at Halton General Hospital as well as in the local community and schools.

Various procedures are undertaken within Daresbury Wing such as intravitreal injections, laser and botox injections.

Our services

Our outpatient service is primarily based in the Daresbury Wing of Warrington Hospital. Our Day Case Unit is based on the first floor of Appleton Wing.

We also have purpose designed ophthalmic theatres on the Warrington site and provide outpatient and surgery services at Halton General Hospital as well as in the local community.

Services we provide include:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Cataract
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Cornea
  • Diabetic Medical Retina
  • External Eye Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Laser treatment (YAG capsulotomy)
  • Low Vision
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Oculoplastics/Orbits/Lacrimal
  • Other Medical Retina
  • Squint/Ocular Motility
  • Paediatrics
  • Vitreoretinal

Cataract surgery at Warington and Halton Hospitals

At Warrington and Halton Hospitals we perform over 2,000 cataract operations per year. Our experienced team of UK trained ophthalmologists – all fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists – nurses, optometrists, orthoptists and technicians provide safe and high quality cataract surgery care for our patients.

Patients at our hospitals can be assured of the highest standards of clinical care to achieve an excellent outcome from their surgery.  Results are regularly compared to national standards and our surgery has been shown to be rated above the national average for safety and outcomes.

Our patients are very satisfied with the care and service they receive. Our satisfaction survey results demonstrate that 100% of patients were either satisfied or fully satisfied that the results of their surgery met their expectations. 

Some recent comments received from our patients include ‘Excellent. Delighted with the results’ and ‘The outcome of my operation was beyond my expectations.’ It’s a standard we aim to achieve in every case we perform.

We offer

  • a friendly one-stop consultation and assessment clinic
  • surgery at two locations – at Warrington Hospital and Halton General Hospital (Runcorn)
  • weekday and weekend operation dates
  • light refreshment on the day of surgery.

Our patients

  • are able to choose between general and local anaesthetic including eye-drop anaesthesia 
  • and benefit of a full service hospital allowing us to provide care for all patients including those with the most complex eye or general health needs.

Paediatric (children's) ophthalmology

We offer a specialist paediatric ophthalmology care and diagnostic service. A wide variety of child eye disease ranging from squint, amblyopia (lazy eye), visual development for children with special needs, congenital blocked tear ducts, congenital cataracts, retinopathy of prematurity, visual development delay are diagnosed and the majority treated at Warrington Hospital. The most frequently performed surgical procedures are:

  • Botox injection for treatment of squint
  • Squint surgery
  • Syringing and probing for congenital blocked tear ducts
  • Removal of eyelid cysts and correction of ptosis.
Cataract Surgery

At Warrington and Halton Hospitals we perform over 1,000 cataract operations per year. Our experienced team of UK trained ophthalmologists – all fellows of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists provide safe and high quality cataract surgery care for our patients.

Patients at our hospitals can be assured of the highest standards of clinical care to achieve an excellent outcome from their surgery. Results are regularly compared to national standards and our surgery has been shown to be rated above the national average for safety and outcomes each year.

Paediatric (Children's) Ophthalmology

childrens opthalmology.jpgWe offer a specialist paediatric ophthalmology service. A wide variety of children’s eye disease ranging from squint, amblyopia (lazy eye), visual development for children with special needs, congenital blocked tear ducts, congenital cataracts, retinopathy of prematurity, visual development delay are diagnosed and treated at Warrington Hospital. The most frequently performed surgical procedures are:

Botox injection for treatment of squint

  • Squint surgery
  • Syringing and probing for congenital blocked tear ducts
  • Removal of eyelid cysts and correction of ptosis.

The Paediatric service is led by Mr. Bregu and supported by Dr. Hebbar, Associate Specialist. The paediatric service is supported by a large team of Orthoptists ( click here for the Orthoptics Service page), Optometrists and Nurses.

Diagnostics and Imaging

We have a wide range of state of the art diagnostic equipment which is used to monitor various eye diseases. This often means you may have a variety of tests during your visit and see different eye care professionals. These diagnostic images and test results may be analysed by a Senior Clinician/Consultant at a later date, this is called a virtual clinic. The clinician will write to you with the results of your examination.

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Who's in the team?

We have a team of Ophthalmology Consultants who are experts in their field:

Miss V Varga – Glaucoma, Speciality Lead for Ophthalmology

Mr M Halliwell – Oculoplasty, Associate Medical Director

Miss K Mandal – Medical retina Mr M Bregu – Adult & Paediatric strabismus

Miss M Hovan – Glaucoma

Miss S Singhal - Medical retina

Supported by a team of Associate Specialists in Ophthalmology:

Dr G Hebbar

Dr A Srivastava

Ophthalmology Trainees

Lesley O’Hara - Ophthalmic Nurse Manager

Elaine Clarke - Principal Optometrist

Sonia MacDiarmid - Head Orthoptist, Ophthalmology Clinical Service Manager 

We also have a team of expert Nurses, Orthoptists, Optometrists and Ophthalmic imaging staff.

Contact information

Ophthalmic Centre
Daresbury Wing
Warrington Hospital
Warrington
Cheshire
WA5 1QG

Appointments:

01925 662155/01925 275250

Ophthalmic day case ward at Warrington Hospital:

01925 275286

Ophthalmology COVID-19 Response

1. Wearing of Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE)

All staff wear PPE and follow strict national and local guidance.

2. Increased cleaning

All equipment and surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned in between patients.

3. Modified waiting area

Due to social distancing measures we have had to modify the waiting areas to maintain social distance. Please respect this during your visit. We have removed some of the waiting area chairs to allow for social distancing. You may be asked to wait in a clinic room rather than the waiting area to reduce the number of patients in one are at a time.

4. Patient access only

Due to limited waiting space you are asked to come to your appointment alone. Please ask friends or family to wait outside. If you require support please discuss this with the team on arrival. For children we ask that only 1 parent and no siblings attend appointments where possible.

5. Telephone, video clinics

We are redesigning some of our services and using telephone and video clinics where appropriate. Your clinic letter will have all the information.

6. Virtual clinics

After having various diagnostic imaging tests the results will be analysed by your Consultant or Senior Clinician. You will be written to with the results of the tests.

7. Deferred appointments

We are following Royal College of Ophthalmology Guidance and where safe to do so appointments may be deferred to a later date. Please be assured that before your appointment is deferred a Clinician will have reviewed your notes.

Emergency eye care

If you are an existing patient and have noticed a loss in vision please call the Ophthalmology Triage line on 01925 6622694.

Alternatively if you are not under the care of the Ophthalmology service the following are ways you can access services:

CUES – Primary eye care services There are accredited optometry practices on the high street that are able to see urgent eye conditions.

Please use the website for more information www.primaryeyecare.co.uk.

• Call 111

• See your GP

• Attend Accident and Emergency Department at Warrington

Please note the eye clinic does not accept walk in/self-referrals.

Warrington Hospital

The Nightingale Building (formerly known as Halton Hospital)