The department provides ophthalmology in -patient and
out-patient servies for patients with eye conditions to the
population of County Durham and Darlington.
In-patient care for emergency treatment and elective surgery is
also based at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
Patients requiring ophthalmic surgery are treated on a day case
basis at Darlington Memorial Hospital within the day surgery unit
and at Bishop Auckland Hospital in the new Cataract Centre.
Out patient clinics are held at Darlington Memorial Hospital
Bishop Auckland Hospital and University Hospital of North
The department provides a range of consultant and nurse led
services such as nurse led minor operations (cyst removal).
Orthoptist and optician services are also provided across all
main sites with orthoptist services at Shotley Bridge and Chester
le Street Hospitals.
The department also acts as a resource for those seeking support
from Action for the Blind.
Screening for Retinopathy of Premature babies is performed by
members of the team of consultants at University Hospital of North
Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital.
The department has a well established Wet AMD treatment service
with Lucentis injections at Darlington Memorial Hospital. Laser
treatment for diabetic retinopathy is available at all three main
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community