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The team

Our Staff


Consultants

Miss Helen Devonport - Consultant Ophthalmologist
Mr 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 Jane Bousfield       - Macular Sister

Optometrists

Charlotte Hazel Optometrist Specialist\Research Optometrist
Mary Elliott         Optometrist Specialist

Clinical Photographers


Antony Dook         Chief Clinical Photographer
Paul Creasey         Senior Clinical & Ophthalmic Photographer
Jessica Taylor         Trainee Clinical Photographer


Administration

Cara Mitchell         Macular Service Coordinator 
Sharon Bell         Macular Service Assistant
Jeanette Jackson Macular Service Assistant

Contact us

Location

The Macular Unit is based in the Pain Management Centre/Macular Building at St Luke's Hospital and provides outpatient appointments to patients with Macular Degeneration (ARMD), Diabetic Macular Oedema (DMO) and Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO).

Contact Us


Telephone: 01274 365222
        01274 365223

Fax:         01274 365022
        01274 365089

First appointment

NEW PATIENTS


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

On arrival to the clinic you will book in at reception and you will be assessed by a Consultant and an optician who will decide if further tests are needed. 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 theatre recovery area, all your details and your consents will be confirmed with you and you will be given a wristband with your patient information on for further confirmation. 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 theatre for your injection. The whole procedure takes around 10 minutes.

After the injection you will be given a post injection patient information sheet that will contain all the information you need for after your injection with emergency contact numbers if needed. Click Here
When you attend your first appointment please be aware that this visit could take 3 hours or more due to the tests needed. Tea and coffee is provided in the unit. We are a self-contained unit so you will not need to be going to different departments within the hospital for individual tests.