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The Newmedica Grimsby eye health clinic and surgical centre operates from the Cromwell Primary Care Centre and provides services for both NHS and private patients. The clinic is led by consultant ophthalmologists, Professor Bernard Chang, Professor Richard Gale, Owen Stewart, Bataung Mokete, alongside operational director, Helen Labrom.

How to find us

The Cromwell Primary Care Centre is located 1.5 miles from Grimsby town centre, next to the Grimsby Auditorium.

By bus

Bus number 5: Riverhead Exchange - Immingham.
Stopping outside the Cromwell Primary Care Centre.

Bus number 6: ASDA Town Centre - Wybers Wood.
Stopping outside the Cromwell Primary Care Centre.

Bus number 4: Morrisons Laceby Road - Cleethorpes Sea Road.
Stopping at the Market Hotel (near Tesco Express and Lidl),
then a short 5-minute walk down Cromwell Road towards the Auditorium.

Non-emergency patient transport

NHS funded Patient Transport Services (PTS) are there to help people get to their hospital appointments when they are too poorly or are physically unable to get there otherwise.
Please call to book transport: 0808 164 3030


Take TransPennine Express train to Grimsby Station. Walk out of the train station and head for Bus Stop 5. From bus stop 5 catch the Number 5 bus or the Number 6 bus to Cromwell Road.

Our surgeons

I currently sit as President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, and practice as a consultant ophthalmic surgeon specialising in oculoplastics, lacrimal and orbital surgery.

Before being elected President, I served as a council member of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists for five years. I was also an elected member of the Ophthalmic Group Committee of the British Medical Association and a member of the National Ocular Oncology Group. I am on the Joint Committee on Surgical Training, serving on the interface Group on Cosmetic Surgery. I have also published academic papers in international journals and co-authored a medical textbook.

I have been a consultant ophthalmologist in Leeds since 2009, specialising in medical and surgical diseases of the retina, vitreous and macula.

I trained as an undergraduate at the University of Bristol and obtained higher surgical training in ophthalmology on the South Thames rotation of the London Deanery from 2001. From 2004 to 2005 I received advanced subspecialty training in medical retina at Moorfields at St George's Hospital and Moorfields Eye Hospital. I then undertook fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery at the Sussex Eye Hospital followed by a further fellowship at St Thomas' Hospital in London gaining experience in the management of complex vitreoretinal conditions.

The medical retina aspects of my practice include the management of retinal conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and its complications and retinal vein occlusions.

The vitreoretinal practice includes conventional and vitrectomy management of retinal detachment as well as epiretinal membranes and traction, macular holes, flashers and floaters and the complications of cataract surgery. I also undertake routine and complex cataract surgery using modern techniques and lenses.

I have been a Consultant Ophthalmologist since 2002, specialising in advanced refractive phacoemulsification, multifocal lens implants, corneal reconstruction with modern lamellar corneal graft techniques such as DALK and DSEK, and corneal collagen cross-linking.

I graduated from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne with an undergraduate degree in Medicine in 1993 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists in 1997. Previously, I have taken a keen interest in training the future generation of Ophthalmologists by being Trainee Programme Director (TPD) for Ophthalmology in Yorkshire (North, East & West). I have also been successful in obtaining a post-graduate diploma in cataract and refractive surgery (PG Dip CRS) with distinction from Ulster University.

I have been a consultant medical ophthalmologist since 1997 and have pursued training in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and Boston, MA, USA.

I took up a post in 2008 with leadership in inflammatory eye disease and development of medical retina services and have also been awarded ‘Best Clinical Service’ by the Macular Society.

I currently sit as president of the Medical Ophthalmology Society UK and have previously chaired the Specialist Advisory Committee for Medical Ophthalmology at the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board and the National Annual Review of Competence Progression Panel. I also sit as an honorary senior clinical lecturer at Hull and York Medical School.

My research interests are in the fields of inflammatory eye disease and medical disorders of the retina. I have an honorary chair at the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York and have developed and led the Ophthalmology Research Unit.

In 2017, I was awarded ‘Researcher of the Year’ by the National Institute for Health Research/RCOphth and have been the chief or principal investigator in around 30 research studies.

I have published numerous scientific papers and book chapters and am a joint ophthalmology specialty lead for Yorkshire and Humberside Local Research Network. I also currently hold the deputy chair for the National Ophthalmology Specialty Group (Northern).

Patient testimonials

I was so pleased to be put at ease from the minute I arrived all the nurses I met made me feel relaxed as we had all the checks , when it came to the eye surgery I expected to be nervous but the surgeon and nurses were brilliant it was all over in minutes so thank you very much to all, and would recommend you 100%.

David Roberts (posted 16 December)

Friendly and efficient service had YAG laser and great improvement in vision. It was over in a few minutes. Thanks to nurses and doctor working under the difficult circumstances of covid.

Anonymous (posted 13 December)

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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 – we accept direct referrals by secure email, fax 0207 924 6262, OptoManager and post. 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.

contact us

This service is delivered by Lincolnshire Newmedica Limited, a joint venture partnership company within the Newmedica Group. Lincolnshire Newmedica Limited is registered with the Care Quality Commission, provider number 1-4159087661. Directors: Professor Bernard Chang, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Professor Richard Gale, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Mr Bataung Mokete, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Mr Owen Stewart, Consultant Ophthalmologist; Helen Labrom, Registered Manager.