What we do

The Integrated Eye Service provides an extensive range of eye services for both adults and children.

We provide a range of services for all local residents and people from further a field who choose to be treated by our department.

All our consultants are experts in their fields of ophthalmology and undertake all types of eye surgery.

They are all assisted by a team of doctors and nurses who all pride themselves on the delivery of the very best quality patient care.

Our main focus is the treatment and care of NHS patients with a wide range of eye problems, from common eye complaints to more specialised eye complaints which need expert care.

All planned surgery is undertaken at Burnley General Teaching Hospital in two dedicated eye theatres.

Treatments and services

  • Accident and Emergency (A&E) – for urgent sight-threatening conditions based at Ward 6 of the Burnley General Hospital
  • Cataract – a common eye condition, in which the lens becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision
  • External disease – for conditions relating to the outside part of the eyeball, including the cornea, iris and sclera.
  • Glaucoma – treatment for the signs and symptoms of glaucoma, including increased pressure within the eye, which causes gradual sightloss if left untreated
  • Oculo Plastic – for treatment of conditions affecting the eyelids, orbit and tear glands
  • Medical retina – for conditions at the back of the eye, which are treated medically using drugs, eye drops or lasers, and including diabetic eye conditions
  • Paediatrics – for children’s eye conditions
  • Strabismus (squints) - for both children and adults.
  • Vitreo-retinal – for   conditions inside the back of the eye that require surgical intervention, including laser treatment for the retina.

 We also provide a range of specialist clinical support services, including -

  • Medical imaging – the use of medical camera equipment to assist in the assessment of conditions related to the eye
  • Ocular prosthetics – the cryolite glass replacement of the natural eye following extraction
  • Orthoptics - a discipline dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of defective eye movement and coordination
  • Optometry – the prescription and fitting of lenses to improve vision, and to diagnose and treat various eye diseases including medical contact lens, refraction and low vision aid services.

How to access the service

We accept emergency referrals from Opticians, GP’s, the Urgent Care and Minor Injuries Units and the Emergency Department (A&E)

Where to find us

All inpatient and day case surgery services take place via Ward 6, Burnley General Teaching Hospital

Urgent Service – The emergency eye clinic is located on Ward 6 at the Burnley General Teaching Hospital

Out-Patient services - including the Medical Retina Service and Wet Macular Degeneration services at Royal Blackburn and Diabetes at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General Hospitals.

Community based Out-patient clinics held at –

  •     Rossendale Lift Centre
  •     Barbara Castle Way, Blackburn
  •     Accrington Victoria Hospital
  •     Clitheroe Community Hospital

Service Lead

Mr B Fernando - Clinical Director

Key staff


Mr B Fernando, Clinical Director – Oculoplastics

Mrs M Mohan, Quality and Safety Lead – Paediatrics

Mrs S Abugreen, Research Lead – Macular

Mrs Sanghvi, Education Lead – Diabetic Retina

Mr P David - Vitreoretinal

Mr H Usmani - Corneal

Mr V Shankar, Clinical Effectiveness Lead - Glaucoma


Nursing staff

Catherine Thompson  - Ophthalmology Department Manager

Tina Boddie – Macular Specialist Nurse

Donna Merritt - Glaucoma Specialist Nurse

Kay Lynch - Glaucoma Specialist Nurse

Janette Walkden - A/E Specialist Nurse 


Orthoptic staff 

Helen Reynolds - Lead

Stephanie Smith - Deputy 

Plus their dedicated team of Orthoptists



Sufyaan Patel – paediatric refractions, AMD

Michael Anderson – paediatric refractions, AMD

Ocular Prosthetist

We have a visiting ocular prosthetist.


Plus an extensive team of dedicated health professionals

General enquiries

Ward 6 - 01282 804006

Eye Clinic - Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital - 01254 732623

Eye Clinic - Burnley General Teaching Hospital - 01282 804184

Appointment Booking Office:

- New Appointment - 01282 803763

- Follow up appointment - 01282 804494

- Surgical Booking Office - 01282 803107 or 01282 803147

Opening times

Ward 6 is open Monday to Friday 7am to 8pm for inpatients - any inpatients will be transferred to another ward at Burnley General Teaching Hospital if an overnight stay is necessary and will be returned to Ward 6 the following morning.

There is a Doctor on call for emergencies.

There is a daily clinic to urgent patients and then the doctor will cover the on call service from 6pm to 8pm on Ward 6 and then 8pm to 9am on call for strict emergencies only.



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