We provide high quality healthcare services primarily to the residents of East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen, which have a combined population in the region of 530,000.
The unit provides high quality Ophthalmology care to the local population of East Lancashire and areas of Chorley (a population of over 630,000 people). In addition, the department provides treatment for macular degeneration and vitreoretinal surgery to a wider population in Central Lancashire.
The Ophthalmology Department has seven substantive consultants and one locum consultant. Outpatient appointments and services are provided at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, Burnley General Teaching Hospital, Clitheroe Community Hospital, Accrington Victoria Hospital and Rossendale Primary Care Centre. All elective surgery is performed at Burnley General Teaching Hospital. Almost all medical retinal services including intravitreal injections for various medical retina conditions are undertaken at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital. Acute eye trauma and emergencies are treated at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.
The department is supported by one associate specialist, several speciality doctors, one MCH trainee, one glaucoma fellow, one vitreoretinal fellow, two specialist trainees.
There are several nurses (nurse specialists) who have attained higher qualifications and run clinics independently specialising in glaucoma, vitreo-retina, and ophthalmology A&E services. The department was the first in the region to train and support nurse specialists to undertake intra-vitreal injections. Nurse practitioners are involved in the treatment of glaucoma (they have completed their Master’s Degree in glaucoma management). An in-house training programme has helped ‘up-skill’ other staff in vitreoretinal clinics, diabetic retinopathy clinics, Oculoplastic post-operative clinics and accident and emergency services.
A large orthoptic team undertakes visual screening in the community for the whole of Lancashire. The department also supports the clinical training of Liverpool Orthoptic trainees.
The department has two ophthalmic specialist trainees (StRs) on the full time rota (rotate though various sub-specialities). In addition, there are two part time ophthalmic specialists who attend the unit, one day per week, to gain experience in ophthalmic surgery. The department offers specialist fellowship training in:
Recently, the unit has achieved recognition as a training centre for a MCH trainee from Edge Hill University.
Mrs Abugreen is the research lead of the department and she is supported by various paramedical, technical and administrative staff.
Ophthalmology studies are listed below:
Age related macular degenerative studies:
Access individual Ophthalmology Consultant research in web sites below:
· East Lancashire hospitals NHS Trust@ researchgate.com
· Google scholar
Publications / Pubmed enteries
Mr Bertie S Fernando - 11
Mrs Salwa Abugreen - 15
Mrs Meyyammai Mohan - 10
Mrs Chintan Sanghvi - 13
Mr Vikas Shankar - 8
Mr Hasan Usmani - 6
Mr Philip David - 4