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Orthoptic Department

The Orthoptic Service specialises in the diagnosis and management of disorders of ocular motility and visual development in both adults and children. The service is provided at all Royal Berkshire NHS Trust Ophthalmology outpatient sites throughout the county, these include the Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH), Prince Charles Eye Hospital (PCEU), West Berkshire Community Hospital (WBCH), Bracknell Health Space, Henley Hospital and Wallingford Hospital. The orthoptists work across all locations.

In addition the Orthoptic Service provides visual field testing, low vision assessments, paediatric refractions and offers a complex contact lens service to support ophthalmologists within the outpatient settings. They also provide diagnostic expertise and symptom management for patients attending neurology, endocrinology, maxillofacial, stroke and oncology services.

Orthoptic extended roles include both glaucoma and age related macula degeneration.

Vision screening is undertaken by orthoptists within mainstream and special schools, at reception age, in line with the recommendations of the National Screening Committee within West Berkshire, Reading and Wokingham.

Information about children's clinics can be found here.

The Orthoptic Department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital is an accredited site for clinical placements for orthoptic undergraduates from Sheffield and Liverpool Universities.

How to get here
The Orthoptic Department is in the Eye Block opposite the Eye Clinic. Park in the multi-storey car park in Craven Road. Join the Main Entrance Block at level 2. Turn right past the main reception and pass the shops and café. At the welcomer's desk turn immediately right and take the stairs. The Orthoptic Department is immediately on the right.

The Team:

Head Orthoptist: 
Debbie Lysons

Deputy Head Orthoptist: 
Vicki Sandford

Head Orthoptist (PCEU): 
Gail Horne


Fariha Abbasi
Gemma Blake
Hannah Bolton
Marianne Burgess
Myra Buckley
Arinder Channa
Jane Doran
Anna Horwood
Mel Joel
Jess Marley
Emma Pennington
Sarah Orme
Lindsay Slade
Gillian Smith
Jane Tapley


Receptionist: Jennie Goddard:
Receptionist: Kim King
Patient Pathway Coordinator: Milly Bakermault
Assistant Patient Pathway Coordinator: Gill Soper
Assistant Patient Pathway Coordinator: Elaine Cottram (PCEU)


Stephen Abery
Janki Barai
Rajni Chhabra
Rebecca Hall
Gurveen Panesar

Eye Clinic Liaison Officers:

Sarah Short
Sonya Nikchevska

Ophthalmic Technicians (PCEU):

Tina Cross
Candice Hunter

Medical Photographer (PCEU):

Irina Grout


Contact details


Royal Berkshire Hospital
0118 322 7681 
Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm
(Reading, Bracknell, Henley & Wallingford)

RBH - Orthoptics 
Level 2, Eye Block
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
London Road, Reading RG1 5AN

Bracknell - Orthoptics
Ground Floor, Bracknell Clinic
Royal Berkshire Bracknell Health Space
Eastern Gate
Brants Bridge, Bracknell RG12 9RT

Henley - Townlands Memorial Hospital
York Road
Henley On Thames RG9 2EB

Wallingford- Outpatient Department
Wallingford Community Hospital
Reading Road
OX10 9DU

Prince Charles Eye Unit: 01753 636431 
(Windsor & St Marks) 
Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

King Edward VII Hospital
St Leonards Road
Windsor SL4 3DP

West Berkshire Hospital
01635 273460 
Monday-Thursday 8.30am-4.30pm
West Berkshire Community Hospital
London Road, Benham

St Marks – Outpatients Department
St Marks Hospital
112 St Marks Road
Maidenhead SL6 6DU



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