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This page tells you what will happen if your GP refers you to the St Paul's Eye Unit Out-Patient clinic.

There is information about:

  • The days and times of the clinic
  • How to get there
  • The staff who work at the clinic
  • What will happen when you go

St Paul's Eye Unit’s Out-Patient department is often the first point of contact people have with the hospital after being referred by their GP. There are a number of clinics and treatments delivered here by a multi-disciplinary team.

St Paul’s Eye Unit Out-Patient Service sees more than 90,000 patients per year.

Who we are

There are fifteen ophthalmic consultants here, each with their own specialist interest. The ophthalmology consultants see general ophthalmic conditions like cataracts as well as patients whose conditions fall under their specialisms.

The service also provides specialised nurses who are trained in specialities such as Glaucoma, Cornea, Vitreo-Retina, Refractive Eye Surgery, Diabetic Eye Disease, Ocular Oncology and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Most patients attending for these conditions (with the exception of Glaucoma) will require drops to be instilled and therefore are advised not to drive.

St. Paul’s Eye Unit will be holding Glaucoma Out-patient Clinics in the South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre as well as at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. If you would prefer to attend Garston in future please contact St. Paul’s Eye Unit on 0151 706 3964.

Your Out-Patient Appointment

Please report to the clinic as indicated on your appointment letter. If you are unsure where this is please ask at the information desk in the main reception. They will also help should you require assistance with wheelchairs etc.

On arrival at the out-patient clinic, you will be able to book into the clinic with a receptionist, or if you prefer, you can book yourself into clinic by using the self-check in kiosks provided. The receptionist will ask you to confirm your personal details. It is important we have your correct name, address, phone number, GP and your next of kin details.

Depending on the clinic, you may be required to see an Optician, Orthoptist or have a Fields Test performed before you see the doctor, so you will be directed to the appropriate service.

Once you have had any tests, you will be asked to sit in the main out-patient reception waiting area. The nurse will then call you in to perform a visual acuity (vision test). They will instil drops into your eyes to dilate (open) your pupils so you can be examined by the doctor. It will take approximately 15 – 30 minutes for your pupils to dilate. You may also have the pressure in your eye checked.

You will then see a member of the consultant’s team; you may not see the same doctor on each visit. If you wish to see a particular member of the team, you can ask one of the nursing staff - we will try our best but it is not always possible. This may also add to your waiting time.

On consultation the doctor will decide a treatment plan. This may involve a return visit to the clinic, or the doctor may decide that you require surgery. The doctor or nurse may give you an information leaflet for you to take away and read with regard to your condition. Following your consultation you will be given a slip to hand back at reception.

If you require a further appointment for a speciality clinic or have to return within six weeks, the receptionist will book your appointment before you leave the clinic. If you require a follow-up appointment in a general ophthalmology clinic, and if it is required for longer than six weeks, then you will be placed onto an out-patient waiting list.

Patients placed on an out-patient waiting list for their next appointment will be contacted by the St Paul’s Eye Unit Call Centre closer to their appointment due date to arrange a suitable date and time.

If you require surgery you may need a biometry (cataract patients only – measurement of the eye) and pre-operative assessment on the same day. You may also be given the date for surgery before you leave.

Appointment Time

Unless specified in your clinic letter, please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your appointment time. We aim to keep our waiting times as short as possible, however sometimes there are unavoidable delays.

  • Some patients need more time than others due to a difficult diagnosis
  • Doctors sometimes have emergencies that cannot wait
  • Some patients arrive late

It should be noted that several clinics may be running at the same time, so the waiting areas can seem to be very busy and this can be perceived as multiple bookings, but every effort is made to ensure patients are seen on time. If patients have to attend several of our departments a small delay in any one of those departments will have a knock on effect.

If you are unable to attend your appointment please inform the hospital as soon as possible. The earlier we are told the better, so we can offer your slot to someone else who is waiting.

Contact us

St. Paul’s Eye Unit
Royal Liverpool University Hospital
Prescot Street
Liverpool, L7 8XP

Out-Patients department: Monday-Friday  8am-6pm (evening and Saturday clinics are also held)
Contact: 0151 706 3222

For ophthalmic emergencies between 6pm - 8am please book into the general A&E department at the front of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

The team

Specialist Interest

  • Professor Harding FRCOphth, MD

Medical Retina and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

  • Professor Heimann Dr, med, MD

Vitreo-Retina,Ocular Oncology and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

  • Professor Damato PhD, FRCOphth

Ocular Oncology

  • Professor Kaye Cornea,

Strabismus and Refractive Eye Surgery

  • Mr Briggs, FRCS

Emergency Ophthalmic Services and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

  • Mr Batterbury, BSc, MB, BS, DO, FRCS, FRCOphth

Glaucoma, Cornea and Refractive Eye Surgery

  • Ms Sahni, FRCOphth, MD

Medical Retina and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

  • Mr Pearce, MB, ChB, BSc, FRCOphth

Vitreo-Retina, Uveitis and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

  • Mr Beare, MA, FRCOphth, MD

Medical Retina, Uveitis and Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

  • Mr Durnian, BSc, MB, ChB, FRCOphth

Ocular Motility

  • Mr Newman, MB BS, FRCS (Glasg), FRCOphth, LL.M (Medical Law)

Ocular Motility

  • Mr Groenewald, MB, ChB, M Med, FRCS

Vitreo-Retina and Ocular Oncology

  • Mr Stappler

Vitreo-Retina and Macular

  • Mr Wishart, FRCS, DO, FRCOphth

Glaucoma

  • Ms Choudhary, MS, FRCOphth, MD