Ophthalmology in Gloucestershire

See also Diabetic Eye Screening

NHS ophthalmology services in Gloucestershire are provided by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newmedica.

 Gloucestershire NHSFT

The ophthalmology department consists of several Consultant Ophthalmologists, a number of Associate Specialists, Fellows, Staff grades and Senior House Officers and a large associated support team of nurses, optometrists and orthoptists. This team provides a variety of different services at sites across the county.

Outpatient services are concentrated at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General hospitals with general and specialist clinics being held at both sites. Other general outpatient services are provided at peripheral sites throughout the county with clinics being held on a less frequent basis.

Inpatient services are provided on Montpellier ward at Cheltenham General Hospital along with day case surgery in the Eyford Day Unit also at Cheltenham. There are 3 operating theatres equipped for eye surgery. In addition, day case cataract surgery is also available at Tewkesbury and Tetbury Hospitals.

Newmedica Community Ophthalmology

Based at the Aspen Medical Centre in Gloucester Newmedica provide a range of NHS and private ophthalmology services. The clinic is led by consultant ophthalmologists Nigel Kirkpatrick and Adam Ross alongside operational director, Carl Hall. Services available include

  • general ophthalmology 
  • cataract 
  • glaucoma
  • medical retina
  • oculoplastics and lacrimal
  • YAG laser

The following services are not currently offered

  • emergency ophthalmology
  • wet macular degeneration
  • patients under 18
  • National Cancer screening Pathway

Contact details for all hospitals in the county that provide ophthalmology services are listed below:

Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH)

Sandford Rd, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL53 7AN

Main Switchboard: 0300 422 2222

Cheltenham Eye Clinic: 0300 422 3145

Eye Appointments: 0300 422 6878 


Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH)

Great Western Road, Gloucester GL1 3NN

Main Switchboard: 0300 422 2222

Gloucester Eye Clinic: 0300 422 8468

Eye Appointments: 0300 422 6878


Newmedica Community Ophthalmology - Gloucester

Aspen Medical Centre, Horton Road, Gloucester, GL1 3PX

Tel:01452 596616

Website https://www.newmedica.co.uk/clinics/gloucester

NHS Choices  https://www.nhs.uk/Services/clinics/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=137305    


Ophthalmology Casualty phone line:
0300 422 3578
9.00 -  5.30 Monday - Thursday
9.00 - 1.00 Friday

The Casualty phone line is set up to improve access to the department for GPs and Optometrists. It is manned by Nurse Practitioners and senior outpatient Nurses who triage calls. Optometrists are encouraged to phone this number for advice.

At weekends/bank holidays and outside these hours the number will go to the switchboard and will be dealt with by the on-call doctor.

Other Hospital Sites:

Cirencester Hospital
Tetbury Road, Cirencester,
Glos GL7 1UX
Tel: 01285  655711
Vale Community Hospital (Dursley)
Lister Road
GL11 4BA
Telephone:  01453 562006

Dilke Hospital
Cinderford, Gloucestershire
GL14 3HX
Tel: 01594 598100
Fairford Hospital
The Croft
Glos GL7 4BB
Tel:  01285 884562

Lydney & District General Hospital
Grove Road, Lydney, Gloucestershire GL15 5JF
Tel: 01594 598220

North Cotswold Hospital
Stow Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, GL56 0DS
Tel: 01608 650456

Stroud General Hospital
Trinity Road, Stroud,
Glos, GL5 2HY
Tel: 01453 562200

Tetbury Hospital
Malmesbury Road, Tetbury, Glos GL8 8XB
Tel: 01666 502336

Tewkesbury Hospital
Barton Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 5QN
Tel: 01684 293303
Fax: 01684 295887
Care UK (formerly UKSH)
Emersons Green NHS Treatment Centre
The Brooms
Emersons Green
Bristol, BS16 7FH
Tel: 0117 906 1800 

Whilst all consultants are general ophthalmologists each has an area of specific clinical interest. When recently asked, the consultants listed the following as their areas of special interest:

Mr Richard Caesar MA MB BChir FRCOphth
Small incision cataract surgery, Oculoplastic reconstructive Surgery,
Oculoplastic cosmetic surgery, Lacrimal surgery

Mr Nitin Anand MD (Ophth), FRCOpth, FRCSEd (Ophth)
Glaucoma and small incision cataract surgery
Mr Glynn Baker PhD, FRCOphth, FRCS Ed (Ophth)
Orbital, lacrimal and oculoplastic surgery. Small incision cataract surgery
Mrs Elizabeth Bristow BM,FRCOphth.
Medical retina and small incision cataract surgery

Mr John Ferris FRCOphth
Small-incision cataract surgery, Paediatric Ophthalmology, Ocular Motility
Ms Emily Fletcher MB ChB
Medical Retina including age related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion and diabetic retinopathy

Mr Nigel Kirkpatrick BSc, MB, ChB, FRCOphth, MD
Small incision cataract surgeon including toric implants
Medical and Surgical Retina

Mr Graeme Mackintosh DO FRCS FRCOphth
Cataract lenses: Accommodative, multifocal, aspheric, Refractive Surgery: Lasik, Lasek
Phakic Implants (ICL, Artisan/Artiflex), Corneal Transplantation/Intacs. Ferrara rings
Oculoplastics and cosmetic surgery

Prof Andrew McNaught MD FRCOphth

Mr Quresh Mohamed BM, BSc(hons), FRCOphth
Medical retina including age related macular disease and diabetic retinopathy, Ocular inflammation & uveitis, Small incision cataract surgery.

Professor Peter Scanlon MD FRCP DCH DRCOG DO MRCOphth
Medical retina, Diabetic retinopathy
Mr Fadi Alkherdahji  MD FRCOphth
Cornea, Anterior Segment and Retina. Cataracts, complex cataract operations, corneal procedures
Mr Paul Tomlins MBChB FRCOphth
Sub-specialty interest in Cornea
Mr Antonis Kaintatzis MD FEBO
Cataracts, Retinal Surgery and Medical Retina

Further information about the Ophthalmology Department and its staff can be found on the Ophthalmology page within the Gloucestershire Hospitals website www.gloshospitals.nhs.uk.
Private Options
For patients that would rather see an ophthalmologist privately there are a number of different options available within Gloucestershire.  Contact details for the various hospitals/organisations are listed below:
Lansdown Lodge - Cheltenham 
Lansdown Lodge
Lansdown Road
GL51 6QL
Practice Manager Karen Ramsden
Tel: 01242 522475
Nuffield Hospital -Cheltenham
The Cheltenham and Gloucester Nuffield Hospital
Hatherley Lane
GL51 6SY
Winfield Hospital - Gloucester
Tewkesbury Road,
Tel: 01452 331111  or visit www.winfieldhospital.co.uk
Newmedica Gloucester
Aspen Medical Centre
Horton Road
Tel:01452 596616
Tetbury Hospital
Malmesbury Road
Private Patients' Office
Tel: 01666 501773
Fax: 01666 505719
Theia Vision Clinics
C/o Angela Whitworth
Cheltenham General Hospital
Sandford Road
GL53 7AN
Phone: 07419 848831