Health professional information

The Department of Ophthalmology at Westmead Hospital is a RANZCO accredited eye care facility that provides clinical, surgical, research and education services.

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Service overview

We provide specialist expertise for a wide range of acute eye conditions including (but not limited to):

  • cataracts
  • corneal disease
  • eye trauma and emergencies
  • general ophthalmological conditions
  • glaucoma
  • medical retina (macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, inherited disease)
  • minor operations
  • neuro-ophthalmology
  • oculoplastics (eyelid disorders, watery eye, orbital disease)
  • strabismus
  • uveitis /inflammatory eye conditions
  • vitreoretinal surgery (retinal detachment, macular holes, epiretinal membranes)

Who we see

Adults aged 16 years and over.

Exclusion criteria

  • children and young adults under 16 years of age
  • for a list of conditions that are not routinely seen at Westmead Eye Clinic, refer to page 2 of the Ophthalmology Referral Guidelines. These conditions may be appropriately managed by a local ophthalmologist, GP or optometrist until they reach the clinical thresholds identified in the Referral Guidelines.

Referral guidelines

To ensure your referral is appropriate and that you provide all necessary information, please read our Ophthalmology Referral Guidelines. This will assist our staff to accurately triage your referral and provide your patient with timely access to our services.

Once the necessary referral information has been collated, please refer your patient via the relevant pathway below.

Refer your patient

We accept GP and specialist referrals.

ROUTINE outpatient clinic referrals

Routine outpatient clinic referrals are triaged by our medical staff.

For routine referrals:

  1. complete the Westmead Eye Clinic referral template

  2. fax or email completed referral forms to:

    Referral fax (02) 8890 6117
    Referral email [email protected]

URGENT referrals

For urgent referrals:

  1. complete the Westmead Eye Clinic referral template

  2. fax or email completed referral forms to:

    Referral fax (02) 8890 6117
    Referral email [email protected]

  3. once you have submitted your referral, please contact the clinic on (02) 8890 6668 and ask the Nurse Team Leader to progress the referral

EMERGENCY referrals

For emergency referrals either:

  1. phone the Westmead Hospital switchboard on (02) 8890 5555 and ask for the Ophthalmology Registrar On Call

  2. ask the patient to present to the Westmead Hospital Emergency Department

Outpatient eye clinics

Clinic timeframe categories

For an indication of the timeframe in which patients of different acuity are expected to be seen, refer to page 3 of the Ophthalmology Referral Guidelines.

Clinic schedule

Clinic specialty Sessions
Cataract Monday (alternate), Tuesday (alternate), Thursday & Friday
Cornea Monday (alternate), Tuesday (alternate) & Thursday
Diabetic Monday
General ophthalmology Monday to Friday
Genetics Friday (monthly)
Glaucoma Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (alternate)
Medical retina Tuesday
Minor operations Friday
Neuro-ophthalmology Monday
Plastics Monday (alternate) & Wednesday (alternate)
Squint Thursday (alternate)
Uveitis Tuesday (alternate)
Vitreoretinal Tuesday (monthly) & Thursday (alternate)

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