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The Newmedica Ipswich eye hospital provides services for both NHS and private patients.
The clinic is led by consultant ophthalmologists, Raj Hanspal and Usman Hussain, alongside operational director, Rosemary Smith.

How to find us

By car:
A 4-minute journey via taxi from Ipswich train station. Or if driving directly, use SATNAV IP2 0SL Free parking is available on site.

By bus:
Bus routes 15 and 15A are most direct, stopping at Sainsbury’s Hadleigh Road. This service runs every 20 minutes. It is then a short walk to London House. For further information visit ipswichbuses.co.uk

By train:
Ipswich train station is a 4-minute drive away from London House, alternatively an 18-minute walk.

Services provided at this clinic

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 – we accept direct referrals by secure email newmedica.referrals@nhs.net, 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.

This service is delivered in Ipswich, 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.