Ophthalmology (Eye Unit) Department - Royal Bournemouth And Christchurch N.H.S. Foundation Trust

Paediatric Ophthalmology (Eye Unit), Optometry and Orthoptic services are provided during normal office hours, Monday to Friday. We provide services for all eye conditions, unless conditions are extremely specialised when onward referral would be made to another appropriate specialist.


01202 303626


Venue address
Royal Bournemouth Hospital Castle Lane East
East Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 08:30-17:00
Tue: 08:30-17:00
Wed: 08:30-17:00
Thu: 08:30-17:00
Fri: 08:30-17:00

Service Details

Additional Information
Our clinics are designed with paediatric patients in mind (not mixed up with adult patients), and are supported by a nursery nurse or paediatric nurses. All our staff who deal with the under 19 population are trained to Level 3 safeguarding, and attend regular updates. Out-patient Services are available across all sites including Christchurch, Wimborne, Poole and Swanage with services Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm at Bournemouth Hospital which is our main base. This is also where any inpatient Ophthalmology care will take place.
Referral information
Professional and self-referral. Families can seek referral to the service from their GP, School Nurse, Health visitor, or any other health care professional. In addition, our emergency department (Acute referral clinic) takes self-referrals through their triage scheme to offer an appropriate appointment in an urgent situation. Patients will be assessed by a trained Ophthalmic nurse, optometrist or doctor, with access to more senior levels if or when needed. For outpatient clinics, everyone receives an appointment letter with contact details and information about what to expect, e.g. eye-drops, how long to wait, where to park etc. All aspects of your treatment will be explained, and information leaflets given, and you will be fully included in any decision making about your eyes. First appointments for service users may be with the orthoptist only, or in a joint clinic with a doctor or optometrist, and if this is the case, then you may have eye drops put in to dilate your pupils - these drops do take 30 minutes to take full effect, so you need to be prepared for this wait.
Age Range Details
0 to 25 years (We do cater for all ages, so the transition to adult services can be seamless, or if better suited, then adults can still be seen in a more suitable clinic than the main adult clinics).


Wheelchair accessible
Our services are fully accessible, with all equipment portable and wheelchair / pushchair friendly.
Parking availability information
Disabled parking bays, parking nearby and drop-off/collection points.
Toilet facility information
Accessible toilets with baby changing facilities. The Trust also has a changing place facility in the main atrium of the hospital.
Other Facilities
We have a comfortable waiting room with a TV to occupy the younger children, with lots of books and toys too. We can also warm up bottles and baby food.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
We cover all specialities in Ophthalmology, including Orthoptic support for adults with learning difficulties, through to very young babies. Contact Julie Cartledge on 01202 704422 or email Julie.cartledge@rbch.nhs.uk for information and guidance. All services within the Trust have access to a Learning Disabilities Nurse and her contact details are 01202 704227.

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Address: Royal Bournemouth Hospital  Castle Lane East  Bournemouth  Dorset

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