Ophthalmology - Eye Day Case Unit - Rochdale Infirmary

We provide ophthalmic care for Rochdale, Heywood, Middleton, Bury, and Oldham patients.

As a unit we recognise that coming into hospital can be stressful and an unnerving experience. Our staff are committed to providing a positive patient experience. Our aim is to make you feel as relaxed as possible and to make you feel at ease throughout your patient journey.

We offer a varied number of services and treat a range of different eye conditions which are listed below.

The Eye Day Case unit offers a variety of services; we have 2 Eye theatres and  perform elective and emergency eye surgery, eye laser clinics, pre-operative assessment and we run an Eye Casualty Clinics daily which are for URGENT, sight-threatening problems such as:

  • Sudden loss of vision and diplopia
  • Trauma - penetrating injuries, Lacerations
  • Chemical burns
  • Acute uveitis/iritis 
  • Primary acute glaucoma
  • Giant cell arteritis with visual disturbance
  • Retinal detachment, hole, tears
  • Orbital cellulitis

When coming to any hospital appointment it is important to bring with you a list of your recent medications or any relevant information for example most recent glasses prescription or if you have had laser corrective surgery please bring your notes along with you.

When visiting for elective surgery you will have had a pre-operative assessment which likely will have been done over the telephone. (If you’re having a minor procedure under a local anaesthetic you will not have a pre-operative assessment however if you have any questions please call.)

At this assessment all relevant information will be provided so you know what to expect and bring with you on the day of your surgery. Please expect to be here for up to 5 hours on the day of surgery.

If you have any further questions after this assessment you can contact 01706 901766 and ask to be put through to the pre-operative nurse.

When visiting for an eye emergency appointment, please expect to have a wait even though you are given an appointment time. Due to the nature of the clinic, there can be delays as some patients may take longer to see than others.

On arrival your eye vision will be checked, and any relevant tests will be carried out before you see a member of the medical team. 

When visiting for a laser clinic appointment your eye vision will be checked on arrival and eye drops will be administered to dilate or constrict the pupil depending on what type of laser surgery you are having. You will then see a doctor who will explain the procedure and perform the laser surgery. The timings of this appointment can vary depending on the type of laser you are having and how much is required, however expect to be here for 1.5-2 hours.

Please remember after surgery and laser eye surgery you are not able to drive, please make prior arrangements to get home safely, we strongly advise against public transport as your vision may be affected from your procedure.

Level C - Rochdale Infirmary

Please note a referral is needed (this can be from your GP, optician, CUES, A&E) we do not accept walk-ins.


We only accept self-referrals from patients who have a diagnosis of uveitis/iritis or patients who have had surgery with us in the last 6 weeks and have not been discharged. (Health care professionals please see how to refer below)

Health Professionals Only

For urgent on the day referrals please contact our triage nurse Mon-Fri 0800-1700 on 01706 517838 Or send an urgent referral to urgentreferrals@nca.nhs.uk with all patient details included.

For out of hours urgent referrals please go through the hospital switch board (0161 624 0420) and ask for the ophthalmologist on call and they will connect you.

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