Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye.

The Ophthalmology Department

In the Ophthalmology Department, we offer specialist clinics and surgery to examine and treat all eye conditions.

Ophthalmic assessments and treatments are offered in a variety of locations. The main Ophthalmology Department is at Harrogate District Hospital, where we offer surgery in the Ophthalmic Day Surgery  Outreach services are also offered at Harrogate District Hospital, in the Phoenix Unit, Briary Wing. Department and specialist clinics are provided in Zone 6 of the Outpatient Department. We also offer outreach clinics at Ripon Community Hospital.

We provide clinics for a wide range of conditions and problems, including:

  • Urgent referrals (from the Emergency Department)
  • Glaucoma
  • Macular degeneration
  • Medical retina conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Minor operations and laser treatment
  • Angiography
  • Squints
  • Many other conditions

The Ophthalmic Day Surgery Department is located on the ground floor of the hospital. This is where our Ophthalmic Surgeons perform various operations including cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery.

The Ophthalmology Department also consists of an Orthoptic Team who work alongside our Consultants and provide assessment and treatment for various eye conditions affecting both children and adults.

In the department, there is also an Optician Team who perform refraction tests and low vision assessments.

Orthoptics and optometry

We have dedicated orthoptic and optician teams. The orthoptic team works alongside our consultants to assess and treatment various eye conditions affecting both children and adults.

Our opticians perform refraction tests and low vision assessments.


Harrogate District Hospital
Main Outpatient Department
Zone 6 & 7


We accept referrals from GPs and opticians.

Key staff

Clinical Lead & Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon: Mr Tim Metcalfe

Secretary – 01423 553565

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon: Mr Gavin Walters

Secretary – 01423 553580

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon: Mrs Sarah Mackenzie

Secretary  – 01423 553277

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Paediatric Specialist): Mr Murad Moosa

Secretary – 01423 555705

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Paediatric Specialist): Mr Kevin Falzon

Secretary – 01423 555705

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Glaucoma Specialist): Mrs Joanna Liput

Secretary – 01423 553375

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon (Glaucoma Specialist): Mr Joshua Piling

       Secretary – 01423 553375