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Clinic: Eye treatment centre   Number of clinic rooms: 25
Site: Frimley Park

Directorate: Specialist surgery

Working as a nurse in the eye treatment centre at Frimley Park

Purpose built in 2005, according to our previous chief executive, we are the busiest department in the hospital!

From our band 2 health care assistants to band 8 matron, we work together to provide a streamlined and efficient eye care service to the people of Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire, Dorset and London and Wiltshire and beyond.

Our youngest patients are sometimes only a few days old, our eldest over 100!

We are keen that whatever your background you will have the chance to progress, taking on new roles and developing skills as you go.

As a band 2 health care assistant you may check the vision of a patient attending one of our macular clinics. A band 3 orthoptic assistant will scan the back of the eye before our trained staff take over. A band 6 optometrist, orthoptist or doctor will assess the results and some patients will go on to see our band 5 nurses to be prepared for an injection which a band 6 specialist ophthalmic nurse will give. Each and every step is vital to save the sight of a person with macular degeneration.

Glaucoma is a condition which mainly affects people over the age of 40, a change in referral guidelines meant the numbers of patients have increased. We have tackled this by introducing glaucoma services at Aldershot and Farnham hospitals and led by our band 6 orthoptic and optometry teams, supported by our band 3 orthoptic assistants.

As well as many of our band 3 roles, our band 4 orthoptic assistants manage their own clinics too. They support the retinal team with diabetic clinics, taking photographs and scans.

Our band 5 nurses are responsible for holding the emergency bleep, many have stayed and completed an ophthalmic nursing qualification to progress in a band 6 role where, as well as injecting for macular degeneration, they prepare patients for their eye surgery in the pre-operative assessment clinic and have their own clinic case load for post ops, glaucoma and ocular plastics.

Our team of seven orthoptists work under the sea or deep in the jungle in our beautifully decorated orthoptic department, to provide orthoptic services to the younger generation from assessing babies who may have squints and lazy eyes going up to adults with debilitating double vision due to trauma, disease or stroke. Along with our optometrists, we may assess a patient who is partially sighted or blind for low vision aid which will help them maintain their independence or we may assess a child for glasses who is too young to go to a high street optometrist.

So whatever your skill level and whatever age of patient you like the best you will find it in the eye treatment centre.

Senior sister: 
Petya Gencheva

Petya Gencheva 

Clinical manager: 
Leena Kapur

Head of nursing:
Annemarie Lawson

Annemarie Lawson

Orthoptic team leader:
Wendy Hockney

Wendy Hockney

Optometry team leader:
Kathryn Waters

Contact number of clinic: 01276 526859