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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Orthoptic Service

Our Service

Warrington Orthoptic department is part of a multi-disciplinary team that work towards early detection of any vision development defects or eye movement disorders. We have designated clinics across Warrington and Halton at Child Development Centres and Warrington Hospital.

Referrals are accepted from:

  • GP’s
  • Health Visitors
  • Paediatricians
  • High Street Opticians
  • School Nurses
  • Orthoptists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational Therapists

We know from studies that up to 80% of children with special needs may have associated visual difficulties and the Orthoptists work within a multi-disciplinary team to maximise the potential of these children.

Orthoptic Assessment: This comprises of a vision examination of the child’s eyes using pictures, letters, and observations. They will show the child objects and vision cards and specially designed tests in order to establish how the child uses their eyes and their vision. An Orthoptist can measure a squint and look at how the eyes move. They specially trained to detect where the vision is best used. The outcome of their assessment will determine whether further tests need to be carried out by the Optometrist or Ophthalmologist.


Child Development Centre

Vision Development clinic based at the hospital

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Woodview Child Development Centre

Orthoptic clinics run in the Child Development Centre’s in both Warrington and Halton areas.

A child can be seen in these clinics for their Orthoptic and Optometry assessment along with their parent / carer.

These clinics have been set up in specially designed areas to allow the child to feel relaxed and at ease with the examiner the surroundings.

You may be invited to attend this specially developed parent / infant playgroup which meets once monthly during term time.

It is designed for children with vision impairment and their families to meet together.

It is organised by the Warrington Teachers of Children with a Visual Impairment and a Specialist Orthoptist.

Venue: Westy Surestart Childrens Centre

Tinsley St



Frances Midgley - Advanced Orthoptist Lead for SEN Services
Rob Gargon - Specialist Orthoptist
Tracey Parry – Specialist Orthoptist
Frankie Reed – Specialist Orthoptist
Clara Cassidy- Specialist Orthoptist
Jenny Shave- Specialist Orthoptist