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The Newmedica Bury St Edmunds eye health clinic operates from Lawson Place, Bury St Edmunds and provides cataract outpatients for both NHS-funded and private patients, and glaucoma services on behalf of the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. The clinic is led by consultant ophthalmologists, Raj Hanspal and Usman Hussain, alongside operational director, Rosemary Smith.

The partners and consultants also operate the Newmedica Ipswich eye health clinic and surgical centre, delivering cataract outpatients, cataract surgery and YAG laser treatment.

How to find us

By car:
From A14

Heading East on the A14, take Exit 44 and stay in the left lane (direction Morton Hall Area). At Moreton Hall interchange, take the first exit onto Bedingfeld Way, staying in the left lane. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Symonds Road for 0.8 miles. After the second pedestrian crossing, turn left onto Lawson Place.

From A14

Heading West on the A14, take Exit 44 and stay in the right lane (direction Morton Hall Area). At Moreton Hall interchange, take the third exit onto Bedingfeld Way, staying in the left lane. At the next roundabout, take the first exit onto Symonds Road for 0.8 miles. After the second pedestrian crossing, turn left onto Lawson Place.

Parking is available in the community car park adjacent to the clinic.

By train:
There is a train station at Bury St Edmunds. The clinic is a 10-minute drive via taxi from the station.

Our ophthalmologists

I have been a consultant in ophthalmology at West Suffolk Hospital since 2013 and clinic lead of the department since 2015. I am an experienced cataract surgeon with outcomes exceeding national guidelines and requirements. I also have a sub-speciality interest in glaucoma.

Originally from Kenya, I came to the UK to complete my school education in 1994 before attending the University of Edinburgh for my medical training. Following jobs in Accident and Emergency (Leicester) and Neurology (Leeds), I started my ophthalmology training in Devon (Torbay and Exeter Hospitals). I completed my ophthalmic training with posts at Addenbrooke’s Hospital (Cambridge) and the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

Since my appointment, I have worked hard to improve patient experience and care in the eye department. I am particularly proud of the huge amount of work my team and I have put in collaboration with our Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) partners and local optometrists to radically transform how we deliver care in ophthalmology

I also enjoy teaching and am heavily involved in delivering training to local optometrists in collaboration with the local optical committee, so they are better able to share care with the medical team in looking after eye patients. To support this work, I have completed a Master of Arts (MA) in Medical Education.

I am a consultant ophthalmic surgeon with a specialist interest in corneal and cataract surgery.

I qualified from Guy’s, King’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 2005 where I was awarded the Hisako Ikeda undergraduate prize in ophthalmology and special study module merits for studies in ophthalmology.

During my ophthalmic training, I was awarded the John Cairns Memorial prize and the Marie Comer prize from the Cambridge University Hospitals Trust for research projects in ophthalmology.

My key professional interests are complex cataract surgery, refractive cataract surgery and cataract surgery in patients with pre-existing corneal and ocular surface disease. I also have extensive experience in premium lens technology including extended depth of focus, trifocal and toric lens implants.

I have a particularly strong interest in medical education and as the Ophthalmology College Tutor for West Suffolk Hospital, I am responsible for the training of trainee surgeons within my unit. I also sit on the East of England School of Ophthalmology Training Committee and run the Ophthalmology exit examination course for the East of England Deanery.

How do I get referred?

Your optician or GP will discuss the various treatment options available to you and where you can choose to have your treatment. You’ll be able to take the time to decide where you’d like to be treated, and your GP or optician will make the arrangements for your referral.

How to refer

Please follow your local protocol regarding referrals.

For NHS patients in Suffolk, bookings can be made via eRS or through Evolutio. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept direct referrals for NHS patients in Suffolk.

For NHS patients outside of Suffolk, we accept direct referrals by secure email newmedica.referrals@nhs.net, fax 0207 924 6262, OptoManager and post.

We also accept private patient referrals directly via newmedica.ipswich@nhs.net or enquiries can be made over the phone on 01473 453 463.

Please call us on the number at the top of this page if you would like any further information about making a referral to Newmedica.

This service is delivered in Bury St Edmunds, by Suffolk Newmedica Limited, a joint venture partnership company within the Newmedica Group.  Suffolk Newmedica Limited is registered with the Care Quality Commission, provider number 1-8443998983. Directors: Mr Raj Hanspal, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Mr Usman Hussain, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Mrs Rosemary Smith, Registered Manager.