Ophthalmology - Eye Day Case Unit at Rochdale Infirmary

Welcome to Ophthalmology Surgical Eye Day Case Unit at 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.

What happens if you are added to a list as a standby patient?

Sometimes a patient must cancel their surgery on the day of their operation.  We want to fill that space to keep our waiting times as short as we can.

You can have the chance to get a space for your surgery if this happens and you can come quickly.

We would put you on a list of standby patients who would like to have a surgery space if someone cancels.  We can do this when you come for your appointment, or we might ask you to fill out a questionnaire.

You will then be invited to have a pre op appointment to make sure you are ready for surgery and our booking team will give you a possible surgery date.

On the surgery date you have been given, the ward will call you and let you know if there have been any cancellations for that day.

You should stay at home until you receive the call from the ward and only come to the hospital if you are told there is a space for you that day. You must be able to get to the hospital within 45 minutes of getting the call. 

If you are offered a morning space, you will be phoned by 10am.

If you are offered an afternoon space, you will be phoned by 2pm.

The Surgical Eye Day Case unit offers a variety of services; we have 2 Eye theatres and perform elective and emergency eye surgery, eye laser clinics and pre-operative assessment.

We run 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

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)


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