Spire Norwich Hospital
Old Watton Road
I am a consultant ophthalmic surgeon (eye doctor/surgeon). Since 2002, I have been full-time Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, which serves a population of approximately 550,000 people. My work involves assessing people with various eye/vision problems, and includes ordering and interpreting investigations, prescribing medications, advising patients, and doing operations. Normally I do at least two sessions a week of ophthalmic surgery, including cataract surgery, glaucoma surgery, and laser surgery. I do emergency work and I am the senior on-call ophthalmologist, managing any ophthalmic emergency, one week in eight. I lead the neuro-ophthalmology service, which helps to manage visual aspects of neurological problems such as brain injury.
I went to medical school at the University of Cambridge, UK. My training as an ophthalmologist took over ten years, which is standard for specialist training in this country. I spent a year as Audit Fellow to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and a year as Glaucoma Fellow in glaucoma at Devers/ Oregon Health Sciences University, USA. My training gave me experience in all aspects of ophthalmology, including the management of routine and emergency ophthalmology problems.
My particular areas of interest are glaucoma, cataract surgery, anaesthesia in ophthalmology, clinical audit, vision for driving, and neuro-ophthalmology. I provide a full glaucoma service, including surgery and laser treatments, and I train ophthalmologists who wish to become glaucoma specialists. I usually do at least 10 cataract operations a week, and I have written several papers on cataract surgery techniques and safety. My MD (Doctor of Medicine) thesis was about safety of local anaesthesia for eye surgery, and I am a council member of the British Ophthalmic Anaesthesia Society. I am a member of the national advisory panel (vision) to the DVLA. Each year I give several lectures, by invitation, at national and international ophthalmology conferences.
I have been doing medico-legal work since 2003. I have had formal training, and gained the Cardiff University Bond Solon Expert Witness Certificate at the first attempt, in 2009. To maintain a high-quality service, I try to limit my workload to one case per week. About half of my work relates to personal injury cases, the rest clinical negligence and fitness to practice. I am frequently asked to give an opinion regarding eligibility for driving licences (car, lorry, bus, etc). I have provided reports and advice for clinical negligence/fitness to practice cases involving ophthalmologists, anaesthetists, neurologists, optometrists, and general practitioners. About 60% of my instructions are from solicitors on behalf of plaintiffs/claimants, 40% for defendants (including class action), with few joint instructions.
Full medico-legal CV available on request.
Current appointment: Consultant Ophthalmologist, Norfolk & Norwich University NHS Foundation Trust
Qualifications: MB BChir MA MD FRCOphth
Key specialities: Cataract surgery Glaucoma treatment Neuro-opthalmology Local Anaesthesia for eye surgery
Services offered: Expert reports, Evidence in Court, Single joint expert