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The team

Our Staff


Consultants

Miss Helen Devonport           Consultant Ophthalmologist
Professor Faruque Ghanchi   Consultant Ophthalmologist
Mr Murtuza Mookhtiar               Consultant Ophthalmologist
Miss Roopa Setty               Consultant Ophthalmologist
Dr Mohamad Safi                      Specialty Doctor
Dr Zeid Madanat                       Research Fellow
Sister Janet Noonan                 Senior Sister
Sister Helen Gallagher              Macula Sister

Optometrists

Charlotte Hazel Optometrist Specialist\Research Optometrist
Mary Elliott Optometrist Specialist
Corinne Fulcher Optometrist Specialist
Susan Halliwell Optometrist Specialist

Clinical Photographers

Antony Dook Chief Clinical Photographer
Paul Creasey Senior Clinical & Ophthalmic Photographer
Jonathan France     Senior Clinical & Ophthalmic Photographer
Sarah Walton           Senior Clinical & Ophthalmic Photographer
Scarlett Wilson         Senior Clinical & Ophthalmic Photographer

Administration

Cara Mitchell             Macula Service Coordinator               01274 365222
Sharon Bell             Macula Service Team Leader             01274 365223
Jeanette Jackson             Macula Service Team Leader             01274 276504
Vicki Sharp                          Macula Service Administration Clerk   01274 276507
Angela Turner                     Macula Service Administration Clerk   01274 276507
Carole Hamilton- Green      Macula Service Administration Clerk   01274 276503
Gill Fisher                            Macula Service Administration Clerk   01274 276503

Contact us

Location

The Macular Clinic is based within its own building on Trinity Road, just around the corner from St Luke's Hospital off Little Horton Lane, and provides outpatient appointments to patients with Macular Degeneration (ARMD), Diabetic Macular Oedema (DMO) and Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO).

Contact Us

Telephone: 01274 365222 / 365223
Fax: 01274 365089

You can also follow us on Twitter: @BTHFTeye_res

First appointment

NEW PATIENTS


What will happen when you visit the Macular Clinic for the first time?

On arrival at the clinic you will book in at reception and your vision will be assessed by a member of the clinical team and dilating drops administered. You will be given a wristband at this point with your name and allergy status that needs to be worn for the duration of your appointment. You will then have scans taken of the back of your eye by the clinical photographer. You will then be assessed by either a Consultant, a speciality Doctor or one of our optometrist specialists who will decide if further tests are indicated at this visit. Below is a list of some of the tests that may be performed. If all tests indicate that treatment is needed the Consultant will discuss all your options with you and if you are happy to go ahead you will sign a consent form and treatment will be given on the day of your appointment.

Vision Test (performed at every visit)

Vision is recorded by the number of letters patients can read off an illuminated chart.

Dilation (performed at every visit)

Your pupils will be dilated at your appointment to provide a clearer view to the back of your eye. Expect your vision to be blurred for a few hours.

Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT) (performed at every visit)

This is a scan of the back of your eye.

Fluorescein Angiography (Only performed if requested by the Clinician)

Fluorescein dye is administered into the bloodstream. This allows the clinical photographer to take photographs of the back of your eye at timed intervals. The photographs will be transmitted to the clinician to assess. If indicated treatment options will then be discussed.

Intravitreal Injection
You will be taken through to our dedicated preparation area, where your details and consent will be confirmed with you to ensure you are happy to go ahead with procedure. Once checks are completed you will have anaesthetic drops instilled into the eye that is to be injected and also an antiseptic drop. A member of the clinical team will take you into the procedure room for your injection. The injection procedure usually takes around 10 minutes.

After the injection you will be given a patient information sheet that will contain all the emergency contact numbers if needed. 

When you attend your first appointment please be aware that it could take three hours or more due to the tests needed. We are a self-contained unit so you will not need to go to different departments within the hospital for individual tests.

Please note: There is no canteen facility on site. We have a drinks machine and small snacks available for purchase. Light refreshments may be consumed on the premises if you are concerned about the length of your visit.