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I offer the Full Pathway cataract surgery package for Bupa customers ...more
I offer Bupa customers standard cataract surgery on the Full Pathway package option at Nuffield Health Newcastle upon Tyne 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.
I am a specialist cataract surgeon . I have over 16 years experience as a Consultant and perform over 500 cataract operations per year in adults and children. My published complication rates are extremely low and I maintain extremely high standards of care.
I also perform adult and childhood squint surgery to align the eyes.
Areas of interest
Microsurgical Cataract surgery;
multifocal and toric lenses;
I perform 500 cataract procedures per year in adults as well as about 30 in children .
I specialise in offering a customised approach to each patient, which includes a dicussion about the best vision type of lens for each person. Some people have astigmatism in their glasses, which is can be corrected with special implants which replace the cataract, called a toric lens implant. Some people are happy with distance vision without spectacles and wear reading glasses, and others wish to have implants which give a full range of focussing inside the eye, a bit like varifocal glasses. These implants are called trifocal or extended range vision lens implants.
Current NHS consultant posts held
Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne
Multifocal lens implants for cataract surgery
Toric lens implants for cataract surgery
Retinopathy of prematurity
1. Ultra-low-dose intravitreal bevacizumab for the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity: a case series Roxane J Hillier,1,2 Alan J Connor,1 Ayad E Shafiq
BJO Online First, published on June 27, 2017 as 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2017-310408
2. Ultra-low dose of intravitreal bevacizumab in the treatment of retinopathy of prematurity.
Connor AJ, Papastavrou VT, Hillier RJ, Shafiq A.
J Pediatr Ophthalmol Strabismus. 2015 Apr 30;52 Online:e20-1. doi: 10.3928/01913913-2015042111.
3. Seeing red in young children: the importance of the red reflex.
Br J Gen Pract. 2015 Apr;65(633):209-10. doi: 10.3399/bjgp15X684625.
4. Interventions for infantile esotropia.
Elliott S, Shafiq A.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jul 29;(7):CD004917. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004917.pub3. Review.
5. Serum Veg F levels in preterm infants: effects of gestation and laser or bevacizumab therapy for retinopathy of prematurity
J Berrington, A Shafiq, I Dimmick, N Embleton… - Archives of Disease in Childhood 2012 - 302724.0168 adc.bmj.com
Courses offered to GPs
GP and optometry talks given on 'Types of lenses available privately which are unavailable through NHS cataract surgery'
Latest Nuffield Hospital Newcastle 11th July 2017
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
Please click on this link if you would like to see information about this healthcare professional’s performance compared to their peers, as published by their medical professional body.http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Consultants/Indicators/Service/5550021/3548341
My compication rate for cataract surgery is reviewed yearly, and recorded by medisoft electronic patient recording system
In 2016-17 I performed 508 catract operations with complications in 3 (posterior capsule tears) requiring vitrectomy. This is a 99.4% rate of cataract surgery without complications.
My infection rate, readmission and mortality rate is zero for this time period.
- FRCOPhth London 1996
- MRCPPaeds UK 1994
- Masters of Arts in Natural Sciences Cambridge University 1987
- BM and BCh in Medicine Oxford University 1991
Reference number 3548341
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Specialist adviser in Surgery Care QualityCommission 2017
- Nuffield Health Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital...
- 18:00 - 20:00
- 0191 212 5232
- Nuffield Health Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital...
- 09:00 - 11:00
- 0191 212 5233
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
Contact Nuffield and ask for nurses on level 2.
They take the patient details and contact my mobile number directly
Information for healthcare professionals (Bupa patients only, last 12 months)
Removal of corneal suture - (1-5)
Excision of lesion of eyelid - (1-5)
Yag laser photodisruption of posterior capsule of lens (including laser capsulotomy) - bilateral - (1-5)
Ultrasound phacoemulsification of cataract, with lens implant - unilateral (including topical or local anaesthetic) - (1-5)