Ophthalmology (Eye Unit) Department
SEN Health
About Us
Service Description:
We cover all specialities in Ophthalmology, including Orthoptic support for adults with learning difficulties, through to very young babies. Contact Julie Cartledge on 01202 704422 or email Julie.cartledge@rbch.nhs.uk for information and guidance. All services within the Trust have access to a Learning Disabilities Nurse and her contact details are 01202 704227.
Paediatric Ophthalmology (Eye Unit), Optometry and Orthoptic services are provided during normal office hours, Monday to Friday.
We provide services for all eye conditions, unless conditions are extremely specialised when onward referral would be made to another appropriate specialist.
Address:
Royal Bournemouth Hospital,
Castle Lane East,
Bournemouth,BH7 7DW
Age's Catered for?:
Up to 25 years
Main Contact Number:
01202 704422
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Session Days and Times:
  • Monday: 08:30 - 17:00
  • Tuesday: 08:30 - 17:00
  • Wednesday: 08:30 - 17:00
  • Thursday: 08:30 - 17:00
  • Friday: 08:30 - 17:00
Standard Costs:
No Charge
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Provider Additional Information:
Our clinics are designed with paediatric patients in mind (not mixed up with adult patients), and are supported by a nursery nurse or paediatric nurses. All our staff who deal with the under 19 population are trained to Level 3 safeguarding, and attend regular updates. Out-patient Services are available across all sites including Christchurch, Wimborne, Poole and Swanage with services Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm at Bournemouth Hospital which is our main base. This is also where any inpatient Ophthalmology care will take place.

For outpatient clinics, everyone receives an appointment letter with contact details and information about what to expect, e.g. eye-drops, how long to wait, where to park etc. All aspects of your treatment will be explained, and information leaflets given, and you will be fully included in any decision making about your eyes. First appointments for service users may be with the orthoptist only, or in a joint clinic with a doctor or optometrist, and if this is the case, then you may have eye drops put in to dilate your pupils - these drops do take 30 minutes to take full effect, so you need to be prepared for this wait.

We cover all specialities in Ophthalmology, including Orthoptic support for adults with learning difficulties, through to very young babies. Contacts Julie Cartledge on 01202 704422 or email Julie.cartledge@rbch.nhs.uk for information and guidance.
Facilities:
  • Access - Accessible Toilet
  • Access - Disabled Car Parking Spaces
  • Access - Wheelchair Accessible
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Drop Off/Collection Point
  • Playroom
How to Apply:
Professional and self-referral. Families can seek referral to the service from their GP, School Nurse, Health visitor, or any other health care professional. In addition, our emergency department (Acute referral clinic) takes self-referrals through their triage scheme to offer an appropriate appointment in an urgent situation. Patients will be assessed by a trained Ophthalmic nurse, optometrist or doctor, with access to more senior levels if or when needed.
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