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Service Directory:
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

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