There are excellent training opportunities in the Ophthalmology Department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. Local teaching sessions include Tuesday lunchtimes and Thursday mornings. There are sub-regional teaching sessions every Friday afternoon.
There are a wide range of specialist clinics to attend including glaucoma, medical retina, surgical retina, cornea, uveitis, oculoplastics and lacrimal. There are excellent research opportunities with Professor Taylor and Professor Lightman. All the consultants have a strong belief in the importance of junior doctor supervision and mentoring. The clinical tutor is always available to give advice or guidance with dedicated time for this on Thursday mornings.

Training Programme

The Ophthalmology Department is a friendly place to work, with a good team spirit amongst all the different staff members. The department has recently been redeveloped, with a new waiting area and comfortable examination rooms. The department has the latest diagnostic equipment and is supported by an excellent orthoptic department and photographic department.
Departmental teaching sessions take place every week with lunchtime teaching on Tuesday lunchtimes and Thursday mornings at 8.30am. There is every opportunity to take advantage of the excellent orthoptic experience in the department on a regular basis. There is time set aside on Thursday mornings to discuss progress with the clinical tutor. Within the hospital there are additional half day study sessions every three months, for all staff. There are weekly teaching sessions on Friday afternoons which are consultant led and rotate between the Royal Surrey, Frimley Park, East Surrey and St Peter’s Hospitals. There are also quarterly regional teaching days.

‘Trainees at the Royal Surrey Hospital have benefited from close supervision and support along with excellent guidance from the College Tutor throughout the year.  Consultants encourage trainees to sit fellowship exams and provide support in doing so.  There is ample opportunity for a lot of surgical and research experience.  The Eye Clinic at Royal Surrey has just been refurbished to a very high standard which has provided trainees with a pleasant working environment and eating facilities.  Staff are pleasant and create a friendly place to work.’



Clinical Tutor: Chris McLean

Mr Chris McLean is the Clinical Tutor has been a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Royal Surrey County Hospital since 1999 and has a subspeciality interest in oculoplastics and lacrimal surgery. ‘The department is dedicated to training and supporting our junior doctors and we have an excellent track record of providing a high quality surgical training programme for juniors of all levels.  There is also a very good exposure to several sub speciality clinics run by consultants who are experts in their field. There are regular weekly departmental  teaching sessions. Our aim is to give our trainees the best learning experience possible, whether that is guiding them through their first cataract operation for an ST1 trainee or learning the latest treatment techniques in one of our specialist clinics for an ST5 trainee. Our aim is to make the time spent in our department a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

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