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- Cataract Full Pathway provider
I offer Bupa customers standard cataract surgery on the Full Pathway package option at Spire Fylde Coast Hospital .
This package includes your appointments before and after surgery, as well as your surgery and mono-focal lenses. It means you won’t use up your out-patient benefit or receive any additional bills from your surgeon (or anaesthetist, if you need one) for eligible treatment.
Please call the Bupa Eye Care team to find out more about and to pre-authorise your treatment on 0345 600 7267.
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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020
I specialise in the field of ophthalmology with clinical expertise in the treatment of eyelid disorders, corneal and ocular surface diseases in particular patients with severe blepharitis, dry eye syndrome, allergic eye disorders, corneal infections, keratoconus and other ectatic corneal disorders and endothelial disease.
I have recently been awarded the highly regarded Certificate in Laser Refractive Surgery (CertLRS) which is an accreditation achieved through completing a rigorous examination process by the Royal College of ophthalmologists in the field of cataract and laser refractive surgery.
I have particular interest in complex cataract surgery, advanced corneal transplantation techniques such as DALK, DMEK and DSAEK, as well as the correction of various oculoplastic disorders such as lid surgery for facial palsy, brow lift, upper lid blepharoplasty, ectropion, entropion, eyelid skin grafts and in particular ptosis correction using a novel minimally invasive posterior approach known as white line advancement.
I am currently a full-time dual-specialty Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Trust with specialist interest in Cataract, Cornea and External Eye Disease and Oculoplastic Disorders.
My main areas of interest include modern lamellar keratoplasties (DALK, DMEK and DSAEK), keratoconus and other ectatic corneal diseases, endothelial disorders, ocular surface diseases, cataract and eyelid surgery.
To date I have performed over 1000 cataract surgeries including implantation of toric intraocular lenses to correct astigmatism, over 400 eyelid procedures and well over 150 corneal transplants. In particular I have recently introduced the more modern Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) which may be combined with cataract surgery in Blackpool Teaching Hospital for the treatment of endothelial disease especially Fuchs endothelial dystrophy or pseudophakic bullous keratopathy providing a faster visual rehabilitation to patients with less risk of corneal graft rejection.
I graduated from the University of Malta before moving to the UK where I completed my Ophthalmology training in Merseyside. I undertook two Cornea fellowships at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal Liverpool Hospital as well as an Oculoplastic fellowship at Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, a specialist referral centre for complex Oculoplastic care.
During my training I had the opportunity to publish my work in several peer-reviewed journals and was awarded three prizes at the North of England Ophthalmological Society's annual conferences.
Areas of interest
Cataract surgery; Premium lens implants; Refractive lens exchange; Cornea surgery including cornea transplants (Penetrating Keratoplsty; Deep Anterior Lamellar Keratoplasty; Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty; Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty); Cornea cross-linking; Oculoplastic and lid surgery; laser capsulotomy and iridotomy, general ophthalmology
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Ophthalmologist with specialist interest in Cornea and Oculoplastics, Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Blackpool
Travel, Gym, Fitness
North of England Ophthalmological Society Annual Free Paper Prize 2016, Doncaster, March 2016
North of England Ophthalmological Society Annual Poster Prize 2015, Preston, June 2015
North of England Ophthalmological Society Annual Poster Prize 2012, Chester, June 2012
(Additional) Languages spoken
- Maltese - Native or bilingual
- Italian - Fluent
'Twenty years of limbal epithelial therapy: an update on managing limbal stem cell deficiency' BMJ Open Ophthalmology 2018;
'Oral mucosa grafting in periorbital reconstruction.' Orbit. 2018;
'Functional and aesthetic outcomes of eyelid skin grafting in facial nerve palsy.' British Journal of Ophthalmology. 2018;
'Corneal protection during general anaesthesia for non-ocular surgery.' Ocular Surface. 2012;
'Ocular Surface Disorders in Patients in Intensive Care Units.' Ocular Surface 2012
Courses offered to GPs
Talks on Dry Eye, Keratoconus and Cornea Transplantation; Modern cataract surgery, Problems of lid and adnexa and Oculoplastic surgery
Below national average complication rate in cataract surgery .
cataract surgery Infection rate= 0 % in 2019
PC rupture rate 0 % in 2019
- MD (Doctor of Medicine and Surgery) University of Malta 2006
- FRCOphth Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom 2015
- FEBO European Board of Ophthalmology, Paris 2014
- CertLRS (Certificate of Laser and Refractive Surgery) Royal College of Ophthalmologists, United Kingdom 2019
- Fellowship in Oculoplastic Surgery Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Sussex, UK 2016
- Fellowship in Cornea surgery and External eye diseases Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK 2017
- Fellowship in Cornea surgery and External eye diseases Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, UK 2018
Reference number 7052512
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Royal College Clinical Supervisor Royal college of Ophthalmologists, London 2019
Details of entry to specialist register
- GMC Specialist Register, 2017
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Ophthalmologists
European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
British Oculoplastic Surgical Society
North of England Ophthalmogical Society
- 89-91 Academy StreetBELFASTBT1 2LS
- 08:00 - 17:00
- 028 9032 2020
- St. Walburgas RoadBLACKPOOLFY3 8BP
- 17:00 - 19:30
- 01253 394188
- St. Walburgas RoadBLACKPOOLFY3 8BP
- 17:00 - 20:00
- 01253 394188
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Spire Fylde Coast Hospital