Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology

Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Eye Unit provides eye care to the residents of Huntingdon and the surrounding areas. The unit is modern, extremely well equipped and caters for all aspects of eye health and disease. Our consultants also run eye clinics in Doddington County Hospital and The Princess of Wales Hospital, Ely. Many of our eye consultants also work in Addenbrooke’s Hospital and in the Moorfields Eye Unit at Bedford Hospital.

Most eye surgery is done as day case without requiring an overnight hospital stay. All eye conditions are treated in the unit as well as general eye clinics, emergency eye clinics and clinics for cataract and cataract-related disorders.

Conditions we treat:

  • Glaucoma
  • Eye lid / orbital disease
  • Tear duct disorders
  • Paediatric eye disease
  • Eye movement disorders and squints
  • Contact lens problems
  • Corneal and eye surface disease
  • Retinal issues
  • Botulinum toxin
  • Low vision aids
  • Cryotherapy

Community and hospital care

Our staff in the eye unit work closely with specially trained community optometrists and orthoptists so that patients can be cared for outside of the hospital and closer to home wherever possible.

Where to find us

The eye unit can be found on the first floor of Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s Treatment Centre. The Ophthalmic Theatre and the day case Procedure Unit are adjacent to the eye clinic area. Children having eye surgery attend the newly opened Holly Children’s Unit and have their operation in the operating complex in the main hospital area.

Eye Clinic Liaison Officer

Within the Ophthalmology Department we have an Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, Vicky French, who is able to offer support and advice to patients newly diagnosed with sight loss, as well as those who return to the hospital for ongoing treatment. Vicky is available to meet with and speak over the telephone with patients and / or their relatives to try to provide some emotional and practical support for their next steps forward, including recommending local charities and agencies who could be of assistance.

Vicky works along side Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind and the Sensory Services Team at Cambridgeshire County Council to ensure that Hinchingbrooke Hospital offers a joined up and informed service to our patients.

Please feel free to contact Vicky direct if you have any queries or questions on 01480 416416 (extension 3190) or via email victoriafrench@nhs.net.

Ophthalmology opening hours

Department Time
Clinic (by appointment only) 9am to 5pm
Emergency clinic 9am to 3pm
Out of hours emergencies (weekdays) Please contact your GP out of hours service or
our Emergency Department
Our of hours emergencies (weekends) Please contact your GP our of hours service or
Addenbrooke’s Accident and Emergency Department
Procedure unit: 7.30am to 7.30pm

Contact Ophthalmology

Contact Telephone Number
Outpatient appointments 01480 847444
Admissions / Laser enquiries 01480 418706 / 847551
Procedure Unit enquiries Day surgery 01480 428958 (Day surgery)
01480 428959 (Overnight stay)
Orthoptic department 01480 416509
General Queries (eye secretaries) 01480 418757