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Ophthalmology


Services Provided
  • Ophthalmic Day and Inpatient Surgery
  • Minor Operations – Outpatients Department; Ashford
  • Age Related Macular Degeneration Service
  • Fluorescein Angiography
  • Fundus Photography
  • Orthoptics
  • Ocular Motility and Squints
  • Refraction and Low Visual Aid
  • Day case surgery carried out at SPH and ASH
  • Inpatient surgery carried out at ASH and the RSCH
  • Out of hours Emergency Service at SPH, RSCH

  • ARMD Form
  • Ophthalmology Referral Form
  • Urgent Ophthalmology Referrals

  • Clinical Team
    Miss Heidi CHITTENDEN, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Specialty Lead)
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 3481868

    Secretary:
    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, cataracts and glaucoma

    Oculoplastics and lacrimal surgery

    Paediatric ophthalmology

    Mr Vinod GANGWANI, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 6026332

    Secretary
    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, cataracts and glaucoma

    Cornea and external eye disease

    Mr Arun GUPTA, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 4157401

    Secretary
    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, cataracts and glaucoma

    Mr Myles HAGAN, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 2200857

    Secretary:
    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, glaucoma and external eye disease

    Mr Kalman HODOSI, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 6153809

    Secretary:
    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, cataracts and glaucoma

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and medical retina

    Mr Lavnish JOSHI, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 6103659

    Secretary:
    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, cataracts and glaucoma

    Vitreoretinal surgery

    Mr Namir KAFIL-HUSSAIN, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 4623559

    Secretary:
    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, cataracts and glaucoma

    Paediatric Ophthalmology

    Adult squint and ocular motility

    Mr Ulrich MEYER BOTHLING, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 3521625

    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, cataracts and glaucoma

    Diabetic eye disease and medical retina

    Mrs Neeta RAY-CHAUDHURI, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
    Details Special interests
    GMC: 3632523

    Tel: 01784 884172
    General Ophthalmology, cataracts and glaucoma

    Key Telephone Numbers and Information
    GP Urgent referral fax:
    ASH and SPH: 01784 884350

    GP Routine referral fax:
    ASH and SPH: 01784 884291


    For on the day Emergency referrals (all patients will be triaged) call:
    • ASH: 01784 884680,
    • SPH: 01932 722754

    Ashford Ophthalmic Carer / Patient Helpline Telephone:
    01784 884402 (answerphone)

    St Peter’s Ophthalmic Carer / Patient Helpline Telephone:
    01932 722686 (answerphone)


    Ophthalmology Clinical Office
    Tel: 01784 884248 / 884912 / 884367 / 884262 / 884172 / 884155

    Urgent Ophthalmology Referrals
    In order to improve the service we provide to all of our patients, anyone who needs an urgent eye assessment requires a booked appointment. (These are urgent booked appointments, not a "walk-in service").

    There is a Consultant Casualty Clinic every day (Monday to Friday) at either Ashford Hospital or St Peter's Hospital, where patients with acute or urgent eye problems are assessed and treated by one of our consultants.

    Access to the Casualty Clinic is by telephone or faxed referral to the Eye Clinic at either Ashford Hospital or St Peter's Hospital. Once the referral has been received, the patient will be contacted by one of our team to arrange an appropriate appointment. Please ensure a current telephone number for the patient (home and/or mobile) is included with the referral.

    Clinic Location Clinic Telephone
    Ashford 01784 884680
    St Peter's 01932 722754


    This new service means that patients with urgent eye problems are dealt with promptly by the most senior doctors in our Department and without needing to attend A&E.


    Miss Heidi Chittenden
    Clinical Lead Ophthalmology

    Tests Required
    In the case of retinal artery occlusion: lipids, FBC, ESR and CRP and blood pressure reading would be helpful.

    In retinal vein occlusion: lipids, FBC, blood sugar level ESR and CRP and blood pressure reading would be helpful.

    In sudden onset double vision: lipids, FBC, blood sugar, ESR and CRP and blood pressure reading would be helpful.

    Cataract patients will require Blood Pressure, baseline blood test

    Specialist Nursing
    Mandy Wilson
    Sister
    Tel: 01784 884418
    Maggie Lewis
    Clinical Nurse Specialist (ASH)
    Tel: 01784 884685
    Tel: 01784 884680
    Jain Sidhu
    Specialist Nurse (SPH)
    Tel: 01932 722754
    Georgina Gilson
    Deputy Sister (ASH)
    Tel: 01784 884403
    Bindhu Santosh
    Deputy Sister (HOH)
    Tel: 0208 6301831