This service is for all patients referred by their GP/Optician or seen as an emergency with a condition affecting their vision and provides eye care for patients with conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, age related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, children’s eye conditions, orthoptics, vitreo-retinal conditions, corneal and low vision aids services.
Ours specialities within Ophthalmology are:-
- Medical Retinal
- Diabetic Screening
- Paediatric Ophthalmology
- Nurse Led Intravitreal Injections
- Nurse Led Fundus Fluorescein Angiograms
Once you arrive at reception you will be booked in by the reception team who will check that your details are correct, from this point your investigations will start with a visit into one of our vision lanes with one of our team members where you will have a sight test (which is repeated on every appointment) to monitor for changes in your vision if you wear glasses for distance you will need these for this test.
If you are on the doctors list they may require you to have your eyes dilated this is usually done at this stage and if required you will not be able to drive after the appointment as your insurance is void while these drops are in the eyes and you may need to arrange to be collected. Please don’t bring your driver with you to the appointment as space is limited and we may have to turn people away if we cannot accommodate our patients. Following your visions you may be required to have an eye pressure check this will be carried out in the vision lane with a handheld device and takes about a minute.
Following the vision test if the doctor/ Ophthalmology Practitioner requests that you need any diagnostic testing OCT or Visual Field these will be carried out prior to seeing them and they will review them online on our ophthalmology system. If you have been more than once since 2020 every visit your information builds within this specialist system and identifies changes to the doctor/practitioner.
Please bring details of any medicines you are currently taking. If you are attending Rochdale Infirmary for surgery, please refer to your confirmation letter for specific guidance on what to do before attending the hospital.
Integrated Care Centre
New Radcliffe Street
Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) Service at Oldham Integrated Care Centre
For patient's and their families needing support and advice relating to various eye conditions, employment, benefits, rehabilitation, daily living skills and emotional support. Contact Alba De Toro Nozal on tel: 0161 621 3814 or mobile: 07515 192223 (Mon -Wed 9am -5pm) Alba.Detoronozal@RNIB.org.uk or Heena Lad on 0161 621 3814 or Mobile 07511 414255 email: Heena.Lad@RNIB.org.uk (Thursday & Friday)
Rochdale Infirmary has a dedicated Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO), Karen Taylor, who can provide advice and support for anyone affected by sight loss on topics that can make life easier:
- maintaining your independence
- equipment and technology that can help you do the things you need to do
- eye condition and treatment understanding
- access to education, employment, and leisure
- benefits and concessions that you may be entitled to
Karen can be found in the Ophthalmology department Monday to Friday and can be contacted on 07711 385 716 or email Karen.Taylor@rnib.org.uk
For more information on RNIB’s Sight Loss Advice Service visit www.rnib.org.uk/advice