Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye and visual system.
We are a large, friendly professional team who care for patients with conditions of the eye. The Department is managed by the world-renowned Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
We have two locations:
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
Enhanced Services Centre
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust
3 Kimbolton Road
Your appointment letters will clearly state which location your clinic will be taking place at.
Contact Details: 01234 792290
This is an automated system with a choice of options as follows:
- Outpatients (booking/querying clinic appointments) – 1
- Surgery(booking/querying eye surgery) – 2
- Injections (Lucentis/Ozurdex procedures) – 3
Acute Eye Clinic Direct Line: 01234 792643
A clinic providing a fast track service via GPs, Opticians or A&E referrals which enables patients with urgent eye problems to be triaged and seen promptly where required. This clinic has a direct line 01234 792643 for patients requiring advice but please bear in mind that it is very frequently used and may be busy. We do suggest you contact your GP or optician initially who will call the Acute line if required. You will not be seen in the Acute clinic service without a referral from your GP, optician or A&E as appropriate.
Minor Ops/See & Treat Clinics
Patients with minor complaints, such as cysts or biopsies, are brought directly into this clinic. If suitable, a patient will have their operation in the department and be able to go home same day.
Patients are referred to this clinic by their GP or optician if glaucoma is suspected. Patients are requested to undertake a Visual Fields Test and diagnostic photography before seeing the glaucoma consultant. This is usually in the form of two outpatient appointments.
These clinics are run throughout the week prior to undergoing cataract surgery.
We now also operate a Shared Pathway Cataract Scheme whereby patients are reviewed and given detail on surgery by their local optometrists. The optometrists then ask us to put the patient on the waiting list for their cataract surgery and we offer a nurse pre-operative assessment one month prior to the surgery date. This has recently been introduced to try and make the patient pathway in this service smoother.
Anterior Segment Clinics
These clinics run weekly for patients referred in by the GP or optometrist. These are run by a Consultant and Associate Specialist.
Medical Retina Clinics
These clinics are run throughout the week and patients have services available to them such as laser treatment, Fluroescein, Lucentis or Ozurdex if required. These are run by Consultants, Associate Specialists and Optometrists.
These clinics run on a Wednesday weekly by a Registered Nurse and Medical Photographer.
These clinics run on a Tuesday weekly as a one-stop with two doctors, an optometrist and nurse support. If it is decided that you require a Lucentis injection it is offered to you immediately same day and you can return home within a few hours.
Ozurdex injections are currently offered within theatre session. Reviews clinics run on Mondays alternate weeks.
Adult Motility Clinics
These run every Thursday at the Enhanced Services Centre, North Wing, led by a Consultant supported by the Orthoptist team.
We have a specialist Paediatric Opthalmologist who works with the support of an Associate Specialist, Optometrist and Orthoptists to provide weekly clinics for paediatric eye patients. These are held within the Enhanced Services Centre at North Wing. At present, any patient requiring paediatric eye surgery has this undertaken at Hinchingbrooke Hospital as theatre facilities are not yet available at Bedford Hospital.
Nurse Pre-Operative Clinics
We run nurse led pre-operative clinics for patients listed for eye surgery to assess them medically to ensure they are fit to go ahead with surgery. You will also undergo a biometry.
We are proud to provide an excellent day case unit for patients requiring eye surgery which is managed by the eye clinic team ensuring continuity of care. We undertake various types of elective eye surgery as well as emergency procedures.
If you have any compliments or complaints these can be directed through the Patient Advice and Liaison Service based at Moorfields, 162 City Road, London, EC1V 2PD.
Ophthalmology appointments will be running face to face, we have put measures in place to maintain social distancing. If you receive an appointment letter for this service this will be face to face (unless otherwise specified), if you are unable to attend please contact the department to cancel your appointment. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms please do not attend your appointment and let us know.
The L&D’s comprehensive Ophthalmology service provides dedicated one-stop cataract clinics, along with sub-specialist clinics in glaucoma, corneal/external eye disease, macular degeneration, oculoplastics and paediatric ophthalmology. An emergency ophthalmic service is provided throughout the week, as well as dedicated anterior and posterior segment laser treatment sessions and a cyst / minor ops clinic. Our surgical services encompass small-incision cataract surgery, squint surgery, glaucoma, corneal and conjunctival surgery, lacrimal, eyelid and orbital surgery and intra-vitreal injections for macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, corneal collagen cross linking and NHS laser eye surgery for specific corneal disease indications.
We are a Tertiary Centre of Excellence for corneal transplant surgery, keratoconus, iris reconstruction, intraocular lens reconstruction and advanced cataract surgery.
Accessing the Service
This service is available on Choose & Book.
The services of some of our ophthalmic consultants are also available privately through the L&D’s Cobham Clinic.
- General clinics
- Paediatric ophthalmology
- Corneal and external eye disease
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Ocular plastics
- Macular degenerations
- Laser surgery e.g. Argon, YAG, SLT laser, cyclodiode laser
- General eye disorders
- Visual fields, OCT, Pentacam, HRT3
- External eye disorders
- Contact lens
- Paediatric eye conditions
- Retinal disease including diabetes
- Fundus fluorescein angiography
- Minor surgical procedures
- Eye photography
- NHS Laser Eye Surgery (www.oclvision.com)
The Eye Clinic Liaison Officer (ECLO) can offer you advice, emotional support and information about: eye conditions, benefits you may be entitled to, employment issues, useful organisations, registering your sight loss, rehabilitation, and more.
- Benefits advice
- Employment advice
- Hospital information
- Emotional support
- Eye health advice
- Benefit checks
- ECLO (Eye Clinic Liaison Officer)
Tel: 07565 204 746
Via switchboard 01582 49 11 66